by Howard Sterenberg
I recently purchased the MTH version of the 1941 NYC Empire State Express cars. Those cars are coach, parlor, dining, and observation cars only - no sleepers. On the MTH web page, the ESE is described as "The finest in comfortable daytime travel at an affordable price". Was the ESE not an overnight train? I get the impression that the train did not go as far west as Chicago. Yet, I have a picture of the train headed west into Elkhart IN in late 1941 with the new Budd cars. If the train was not an overnight train and it did not go as far west as Chicago, what was it doing headed west at Elkhart IN? Where could I find the west and east bound schedules for the Empire State Express?