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The East Wind

July 1st, 2001

The East Wind was a fast summer-only coach train which ran through from Washington DC to Bangor ME. from 1940 to the late 1950s. The East Wind was jointly operated by the Pennsylvania, New Haven, Boston & Maine, and Maine Central. These railroads each contributed a pool of passenger cars which were used on this train. Typically, the New Haven Railroad contributed a grill car to the East Wind's consist. During the East Wind's first two seasons (1940 and 1941) the cars used on the train were all temporarily painted yellow, silver, and dark blue. America's entry into the Second World War brought about an end to this practice and the cars used on the post-war East Wind remained in their normal railroad colors. All East Wind advertising material from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

1940 East Wind Folder (cover)Here's the front cover of the folder that was distributed to promote the East Wind's very first season during the summer of 1940.  The northbound East Wind ran from June 21st until September 13th, departing Washington, DC at 7 am and arriving in Bangor, ME at 9:30 pm.  The southbound train ran from June 22nd until September 14th, departing Bangor at 6:45 am and arriving in Washington at 10:05 pm.   On weekends, the northbound East Wind only ran as far as Portland ME.

1940 East Wind Folder (interior)

The interior of the 1940 East Wind folder featured illustrations showing the interiors of the train's cars. Although the East Wind was a coach train, it served a fairly well-to-do clientele of people who had summer homes in Maine. Each coach seat on the train was reserved and many first class services normally associated with parlor cars (such as attendants) were available. Note the New Haven grill car interior shown at right.

1941 East Wind Folder (front)The East Wind proved very popular and was renewed again during the 1941 summer season. Here's the front cover of the folder that was distributed to promote the train's return in 1941. The length of the East Wind's season was slightly extended during 1941. The northbound train ran from June 20st until September 26th.   The southbound train ran from June 21st until September 27th.

The back of the 1941 East Wind folder presented the train's schedule and the names of the participating railroads which operated it. The Pennsylvania ran the East Wind between Washington, DC and New York City, the New Haven between New York City and Worcester, MA, the Boston & Maine between Worcester and Portland, ME, and the Maine Central between Portland and Bangor, ME (daily except Sundays).1941 East Wind Folder (back)

East Wind PostcardPicture postcards such as this example were distributed to passengers on the East Wind during the train's 1940 and 1941 seasons and they were encouraged to use them to write home to family and friends about what a wonderful time they had on the train. The East Wind ran in yellow, silver, and dark blue colors only during the 1940 and 1941 seasons.

Despite the war, the East Wind was renewed during the 1942 summer season, the last year in which the train would run until the end of World War II. During the 1940 and 1941 seasons the participating railroads had painted the East Wind cars up in a special yellow, silver, and dark blue paint scheme. Due to wartime pressures, the train ran in the colors of the participating railroads during the summer of 1942. When the East Wind was renewed after the war ended, the cars remained in the colors of the four participating railroads.1942 East Wind Folder (1942)

1942 East Wind Folder (interior)The interior of the 1942 East Wind folder explained that the all-coach long-distance train played a major role in freeing up Pullmans for the war effort. In 1942, the northbound East Wind ran from June 19th until September 19th, departing Washington at 8 am and arriving in Bangor at 10:40 pm.  The southbound train ran from June 20th until September 20th, departing Bangor at 7:35 am and arriving in Washington at 11:05 pm.




June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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