'Broadway Limited' rolls again as temporary addition to Amtrak's 'Pennsylvanian'

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Former Pennsylvania Railroad observation car Frank Thompson, carried the tailsign or drumhead for the Broadway Limited for a portion of a recent trip as part of a weekend New York-Pittsburgh excursion. Three former Pennsy streamlined cars made the journey coupled as part of Amtrak's daily Pennsylvanian service. The Thompson car is shown at the Amtrak station platform in Pittsburgh.
Karl Zimmerman
NEW YORK — The fabled Broadway Limited rolled once more along the former Pennsylvania Railroad main line, if only for the weekend of July 12 to 14 with a special consist of just three cars.

The trio of gold-striped Tuscan-red trio of ex-PRR lightweights delivered by Pullman-Standard in 1949 operated from New York to Pittsburgh as part of Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian.

The cars were:
Catalpa Falls: one of 24 Falls-series 6-double bedroom buffet-lounges. It made its maiden voyage last weekend after 18 years of restoration. The car is owned by the Catalpa Falls Group LLC of San Antonio, Texas, but is based in Philadelphia.

Frank Thompson: a 2-drawing room, 1-compartment, 1-double bedroom observation-lounge. It was one of seven Presidents-series cars, named for former Pennsy presidents, and that were part of the same order and used on PRR flagships such as the Liberty Limited, Spirit of St. Louis, and Cincinnati Limited. The car is owned by Keystone Pullman Rail Tours.

Colonial Crafts: one of eight Colonial-series 1-drawing room, 3-double bedroom buffet-lounge cars. Bob and Susan Lowe own the car and base it in Philadelphia.

Passengers occupied each of the cars’ sleeping spaces and the lounges, with remaining passengers spending the nights off the train at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.

Meals aboard the cars were culled from Broadway Limited menus and included such specialties as a PRR triple decker club sandwich for lunch and breaded pork tenderloin for dinner.

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