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INSIDE THE STEAMCARS
FEW mansions contained the architectural luxuries abundant in the limiteds of the agebefore-streamlining. B&O's Martha Washington series of diners, introduced in 1923, featured a colonial decor, with leaded-glass windows, glass chandeliers, cloth-shaded wall lamps - plus broiled lamb chops on the menu. Blue chairs and carpet together with cream walls accented interior of UP's 30-seat, 1-drawing room parlors Meadow Violet and Wood Violet. Goldstriped dome seized passenger's attention in lounge refurbished by UP in 1934 for the Portland Rose - but what tops ceiling of Chicago Great Western wooden cafe-parlor car 160?
COAL thunders down out of the big wooden chute and into the tank of the Pacific heading C&EI's daytime Chicago-St. Louis flyer, the La Salle. But the pause is brief and the flagman is already running for the trap of the open-observation car. The time is 8:58 p.m. in Denison, Ia., on a June evening in 1928 and North Western's Corn King loads mail. The H-class 4-8-4 ahead will have the Omaha-Chicago overnighter into the city early enough to satisfy the Post Office Department but the businessmen aboard know their berths can be "occupied until 8 a.m." Gil Reid's artwork portrays the King's solarium-lounge. Steelsheathed (with imitation wood finish) 2-compartment, 2-drawing-room lounge of 1921.