Worst pre-Amtrak long-distance train

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Worst pre-Amtrak long-distance train

Postby SouthernRailway » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:33 am

Out of curiosity:

In the years before Amtrak, what was the worst long-distance train? E.g., poor timekeeping, few amenities, old equipment, etc.?

I see that Southern Railway had an all-coach, non-"streamlined" train called the Ponce de Leon between Cincinnati and Atlanta in the 1960s, and a local non-"streamlined" train between Washington and Atlanta that stopped at literally every tiny hamlet. I assume that at least the equipment was well-kept and the staff was nice, though, so there had to be worse.

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Re: Worst pre-Amtrak long-distance train

Postby jhdeasy » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:03 am

Previous discussion, with emphasis on the quality of Penn Central passenger trains:

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