B&O National Limited

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B&O National Limited

Postby gokeefe » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:04 pm

I was reading through an unrelated article that mentioned the "National Road" terminating in Vandalia, IL and realized that perhaps this highway was the basis for the origin of the name for the B&O premier "name train" to St. Louis, the National Limited.

Is this correct?

It seems somewhat surprising that a railroad would name its premier train after a highway. Perhaps at the time this was the B&O's way to claim that it offered superseding service. Especially prior to the air age that appears to be a reasonable claim.
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Re: B&O National Limited

Postby JayBee » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:00 pm

Yes, No, and Maybe. The National Road Ran from Baltimore to Cumberland, MD then Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Zanesville, Columbus, and ended at Vandalia, IL though it was intended to reach St. Louis, but money ran out. The Baltimore and Ohio RR served all these places, but the B&O's National Limited only served Baltimore and Cumberland that were served by the National Road. So if the National Road had managed to reach St. Louis then B&O's National Limited would have connected the same end points. You decide.
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Re: B&O National Limited

Postby gokeefe » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:04 pm

I was wondering if there was perhaps some kind of "proof" or other historical knowledge about why the B&O used that particular name. Perhaps at the time it was simply "obvious".
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