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[Comments] (3) : There's this stanza in "Chattanooga Choo-Choo":

Leave the Pennsylvania Station 'bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore
Dinner at the diner, nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham and eggs in Carolina

This promised timeline has been bothering me ever since April, when I took a trip on this very route, Penn Station to 'Carolina'. A Harper's or something similarly dense might occupy you from New York to Baltimore, but your ham-and-egg dinner would take place in the middle of the night. But maybe there are two trips to the dining car, with ham and eggs being breakfast the next day? It is kind of an odd dinner.


Posted by kirkjerk at Wed Sep 01 2010 12:00

What are the times involved?

Posted by Leonard at Wed Sep 01 2010 12:10

If you leave Penn Station on the Amtrak at 3:45 PM, you'll be in Baltimore around eight, and you'll cross the border into North Carolina around one or two in the morning. I don't see how Jazz-Age trains could be _faster_ than the Amtrak, but they might be slower.

Posted by kirkjerk at Thu Sep 02 2010 12:18

Actually I think a lot of lines ran around Amtrak speeds, and maybe faster; rail traffic used to be a higher priority thing...


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