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To Florida On The New Haven Railroad!

November 1st, 2000

Believe it or not, you could actually board a Pullman sleeper or through coach on the New Haven Railroad and travel all the way to Florida without having to change trains en-route. The New Haven's Florida service was operated via connections with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and Florida East Coast Railway. All materials from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Mid 1930s Florida FolderThis folder, which dates from the mid 1930s, was used to advertise various package tours presented jointly by the New Haven Railroad and the American Express company. Passengers could board New Haven trains at any location served by the railroad and travel via connections to several popular southern cities, including a number of Florida beach resorts. Some of the New Haven Railroad's Florida tour packages included steamship connections at Miami to Havana, Cuba!

Here is another New Haven Railroad Florida tour folder, this time from the late 1930s. As above, these tours were offered in cooperation with the American Express company. The New Haven experienced a boom in vacation traffic during the late 1930s, in large part as a result of wealthy people people seeking alternatives to vacationing in Europe because of the coming war.Late 1930s Florida Folder

1940 Florida FolderThis New Haven Railroad Florida vacation folder dates from 1940. It features artwork of a Baldwin I-5 class streamlined Hudson type locomotive on the cover. On rare occasions, New Haven Railroad grill cars (and their lucky crews) were operated all the way to Florida.

Although all non-essential travel was actively discouraged by the New Haven during the Second World War, the railroad aggressively went after vacation business after the war ended. The New Haven continued to offer Florida vacation packages during the postwar era. This Florida vacation folder was distributed during the mid to late 1940s.Postwar Folder

1960 FolderThe New Haven continued to offer Florida vacation packages into the early 1960s. The co-called "Fun Tours" superceded the "Pilgrim Tours" after the New Haven's trustees closed down the Travel Bureau in Grand Central Terminal during late 1961.


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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