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The Dan'l Webster

December 1st, 1999

The New Haven Railroad's McGinnis administration ordered three experimental high speed lightweight passenger trains during the summer of 1955. The first of these radical trains, the Train X "Dan'l Webster", was delivered to McGinnis's successor, George Alpert, in October 1956 and went into service in April 1957. To learn more about the three experimental trains, see "The McGinnis Trains," a four-part Shoreliner® article which appeared in Volume 19 Issues 2 through 4 1988 and Volume 20 Issue 1 1989.

Here is a small selection of rare New Haven Railroad advertising pertaining to the ill-fated "Dan'l Webster" train. Advertising materials from the collection of Marc Frattasio. All images have been reproduced at approximately 10% actual size.

Cut OutThis cut-out of the "Dan'l Webster" train was displayed at ticket windows and travel agencies during late 1956.

This simple folder (no illustrations) was handed out to passengers on the first public runs of the "Dan'l Webster" train during April 1957. The Train X "Dan'l Webster" was delivered to the New Haven Railroad in October 1956. The railroad intended to put it into service in November but mechanical bugs delayed its debut until January 1957. An embarrassing electrical fire on the "Dan'l Webster's" inaugural press run from Boston to New York City caused the train's service debut to be delayed until April 1957.Welcome Aboard

Schedule CoverThis is the front cover of a New Haven Railroad high speed lightweight passenger train service schedule from the spring of 1957.

This artwork of the New Haven Railroad's other two experimental high speed lightweight passenger trains, the Talgo "John Quincy Adams' and Budd RDC based "Roger Williams" was printed inside the schedule shown above. These trains had a lot of problems which the troubled Alpert administration did not want to deal with. Consequently, the "Dan'l Webster" and "John Quincy Adams" were removed from service during the middle of 1958. Talgo - Hot Rod RDC

BrochureThis is a generic 1957 New Haven Railroad advertising brochure which featured artwork of the Train X "Dan'l Webster" on the cover.


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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