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    Mercury--The God of Speed. Mercury was a very popular symbol of the New York Central. He appears over the outside clock of Grand Central Terminal. In 1936 the NYC started a new train service between Cleveland and Detroit. The train was given the name The Mercury, and was one of the earliest streamline jobs applied to NYC steam locomotives. The train was a symbol of speed and elegance. Featured here is a menu from The Mercury from 1941. The variety of food available on this train was amazing. I have a vast collection of menus from many railroads. This is the most complex one I have ever seen. The Mercury lasted until the 1950's.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      That is one of the coolest art deco locomotives I have seen. I'll bet it is a Hudson under all that streamlining.
    2. pajrr pajrr, 3 years ago
      Fortapache, Actually it is a K-5 Pacific (4-6-2) I didn't know until I researched that this streamlining predated the Hudson streamlining. After hearing the comments saying these looked like "upside down bath tubs" (there were 2 of these), the styling was redesigned for the Hudsons.
    3. Lata Lata, 3 years ago
      Amazing machine!

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