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10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train

October 1st, 2006

On March 1, 1949 the New Haven Railroad operated its first Broadway Show Train to New York City. The special train, which was suggested to the railroad by Theater Guild president Lawrence Langner, took passengers from the suburbs into New York City on a schedule that permitted them to have dinner and see a stage production of the play "Silver Whistle" on Broadway. This first train proved to be a great success and subsequently the Broadway Show Trains became a regular feature of the New Haven Railroad. On October 16, 1959 the New Haven celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Broadway Show Trains by organizing a series of special events and give-aways for passengers riding the so-called "10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train" to see the play "Flower Drum Song". Here is the package of souvenirs that were distributed to passengers on the 10th anniversary of the Broadway Show Train from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Broadway Show Train Program Cover Here is the front cover of the souvenir program that was handed out to passengers on the New Haven's 10th Anniversary Broadway Show train on October 16, 1959.

Broadway Show Train Program Inside Cover

The interior of the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train souvenir program is shown above. The program described all of the various give-aways and special events that were arranged for passengers riding on the special train by the railroad.

Broadway Show Train Program Back The back cover of the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train souvenir program presented the names of some of the 83 different Broadway stage productions that the New Haven had run special trains for up to that date.
Complementary souvenir programs for the Flower Drum Song play itself were handed out to all passengers riding the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train.
Magazine Each passenger on the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train was also presented with a copy of Playbill magazine, which had a feature story on the Flower Drum Song play and its cast.
A fashion show, conducted by Fred Phillips of Hamden, CT, was held on board the special train while it was en-route to New York City. Here's the souvenir program for the train's fashion show which presented descriptions of all the outfits worn by the models during the fashion show and their prices. Fashion Show
Menu Although grill car service was always available on the Broadway Show Trains, the New Haven Railroad made arrangements for passengers on the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train to have a special dinner at the famous Brass Rail Restaurant in New York City. Here's the menu. Not a bad spread for only $3.25 including tax and tip!
Every woman traveling on the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train was presented with a genuine Chinese hand fan (made in Hong Kong) which had a special silver and blue tag marked with the train's name and the NH logo attached. Fan #1
Fan #2 Here's the 10th Anniversary Broadway Show Train souvenir Chinese fan folded up. This image also shows the reverse side of the tag, which features the NH logo and the Chinese characters for the words "Flower", "Drum" and "Song", which of course is the name of the play.


September 2006: New Haven Industry on Parade

August 2006: Train Yourself to Relex

July 2006: Passenger Station Watering Can

June 2006: Providence Union Station Gate Signs

May 2006: Beverage Stands

April 2006: The Strawberry Special

March 2006: The Electric Locomotive Parade

February 2006: New Haven Union Station Gate Signs

January 2006: EF-3 Logo Plate

December 2005: Happy Holidays from the NHRHTA!

November 2005: Wall Calendars

October 2005: Step Boxes

September 2005: Birthday Cards from George Alpert

August 2005: Honorary Engineer Cards

July 2005: New Equipment Brochures #6

June 2005: New Equipment Brochures #5

May 2005: New Equipment Brochures #4

April 2005: New Equipment Brochures #3

March 2005: New Equipment Brochures #2

February 2005: New Equipment Brochures #1

January 2005: Happy Birthday to the NH Logo!

December 2004: Railroad Telephone Directories

November 2004: Dining Car Department Manuals

October 2004: New Haven Railroad Gate Signs

September 2004: Freight Station Signs

August 2004: Early Menu Covers

July 2004: Menu Covers of the 1930s Era

June 2004: Menu Covers of the 1940s Era

May 2004: The "Photomatic" Photo Machines

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

August 2003: Travel Folders #2

July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

February 2003: Sleeping Car Service

January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

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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