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The Senator: 1929

The Senator: 1929

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

October 1, 1929. The new crack train from Washington to Boston was inspected today by members of the Massachusetts State Society. Harry Carr of the Pennsylvania R.R. was host. Left to right: Wm. T. Simpson, Treasurer; Frank E. Hicks, Vice Pres.; Mrs. Proctor L. Daugherty; Geo. R. Farnum, Pres. and Assistant Attorney General of the United States; Geo. A. Hornan, Secretary; and Chas. A. Bauman.

Circa 1929 at Washington's Union Station, it's the Senator. Which senator, maybe someone out there knows. Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

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Indeed, Pennsylvania being the Keystone State, the shape of the sign is suggestive of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

I had the pleasure of riding the Senator a few times in 1972 and 1973 on my way home from Philadelphia, where I was going to college, to the nearest railroad station to my home, New Brunswick, NJ. Alas, the express train didn't stop at New Brunswick so I had to get off at Trenton. I could only enjoy the spacious, elegant seating and super-smooth ride for a small part of my journey.

Trains used for long-distance travel were extremely civilized even as late as this. The Senator certainly had a dining car -- on one of my trips I looked into it -- but eating on board was beyond the means of a student.


PRR also ran The Congressional from Wash DC to NY and Boston, Lionel model trains made a model of the train with a GG1 loco and 4 passenger cars, I've always wanted that set.

Schedule this

Here's the schedule for The Senator from 1955:

Washington-Boston Express

The Pennsylvania Railroad operated The Senator between Boston and New York City, with the New Haven taking over for the New York-Boston leg of the run. The train lasted well into the Amtrak era.

All Aboard

The Senator is the train, if my recollection of early naming trends is correct.

Nowadays it would be The Lobbyist.

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