TRANSPORTATION: New Hopes & Ancient Rancors

Thousands of men & women poured into New York's Grand Central Station last week to see the newest mechanical marvel of the world's most mechanical nation—the "wholly new" Twentieth Century Limited. The New York Central's publicity handouts had described the new Century as "the most modern and luxurious train in all railroading history." This turned out to be something of an overstatement.

The Century's barbershop and secretary, its train-to-city phone, shower bath, and doors that open at a touch were already standard equipment on several other "name" trains. Its new dining car seated fewer passengers than the old two-car arrangement,...

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