Blue lines fly along the screen, then the words appear
Robotnik: Snooping as usual I see! *Talks faster* Snooping as usual *Slows down* I see!
Jazz Band: *Playing 音乐 with a bass, and drums, and a piano*
People: *Walking into Chicago's Union Station*
July 20th, 1919
PRR Employees: *Cleaning passenger cars with soapy water*
The Broadway Limited
Based off of the 1941 movie of the same title.
Paul: *Walks towards a ticket booth* Hi, I'd like one ticket to Philadelphia on The Broadway Limited.
Salesman: Two dollars please.
Paul: *Gives the man two dollars*
Salesman: *Gives Paul his ticket* Enjoy.
Paul: Thank you.
William: *Slowly backing up a K4 Pacific to the Broadway Limited*
Sid: We should be okay on coal until we get into Ohio.
William: Excellent. How about the water?
Sid: The water tank is full.
Paul: *Shows the conductor his ticket*
Bill: *Examines the ticket* You're good to go.
Paul: Thanks. *Gets on board*
A lady was walking to another passenger car when she accidentally bumped into Paul. She is a busty blonde named Morgan.
Paul: Whoops, my bad.
Morgan: No, it was my fault.
Paul: *Looks at Morgan's purple dress* Impressive clothing.
Morgan: Thanks. 你 have nice threads as well.
Paul: I'm on my way to a business meeting.
Morgan: I'm heading to New York City. Would 你 like to come with me to the observation car?
Paul: I'd like to check out my accommodations first. How long will 你 be in there?
Morgan: About two hours.
Paul: I'll 加入 你 in ten minutes.
They went their separate ways, but they started having feelings for each other. 112 other passengers were on board the train.
Bill: All aboard!
William: *Blows the whistle twice, and drives the train forward*
The K4 Pacific had 10 cars in it's consist. A baggage car, seven sleepers, a dining car, and the observation car. The train would be going all the way to New York City, scheduled to arrive in 20 hours.
摩根 was waiting in the observation car. She was enjoying the scenery rolling 由 as she looked out the window.
Morgan: *Looks at Paul as he comes closer* Just in time.
Paul: For what?
Morgan: My 最喜爱的 part of the trip. I rode on this train when it made it's very first eastbound run in 1912, and this is my 最喜爱的 part of the scenery. Look at the boats on the water.
Paul: *Watching the boats as they 交叉, 十字架 a bridge* They do look nice.
Morgan: I 爱情 travelling. All I have to do now is go up in an airplane.
Paul: I don't have the stomach for that. I'd rather stay on the ground.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
A director for a play was not happy. One of his most 流行的 女演员 quit on him, and he needed someone for an upcoming play in Philadelphia. This director's name is Ivan Ivanski.
Ivan: *Pacing the floor as he waits in the train station* I need to find someone otherwise I'm doomed. My play is scheduled for 下一个 month, and I must find a replacement. That telegram I got from Ms. Schwartz was a phony. Perhaps I'll have 更多 luck on the train. *Checks the clock* 5:30. The train should be here at 5:45. *Walks out onto the station platform*
There were a few women sitting on a bench to his right, but Ivan didn't seem pleased with their looks.
Ivan: Their hair is black. I need a blonde. *Sees a blonde on the other side of the tracks* Excuse me, miss!
Woman: *Looks at Ivan*
Ivan: Would 你 mind coming here for a second?
Woman: I can't 交叉, 十字架 the train tracks from here, that's illegal.
Ivan: It will just be a moment.
William: *Blowing the whistle as he approaches the station*
Woman: Goodbye sir. *Walks away*
Ivan: Drat. Why is the train always late when 你 need it to be early, 或者 vice versa?
William: *Brings the train to a stop, and blows the whistle*
Ivan: *Gets on board the train*
Three passengers got off. Ivan looked at the conductor.
Ivan: Well, we're good to go, aren't we?
Bill: We're not supposed to leave until 5:49. We're waiting for 更多 passengers.
Ivan: Well you're 15 分钟 early. Surely if there were any other passengers who wanted to get on board, they would be waiting with me.
Bill: Rules are rules. *Walks out of the train*
Ivan: *Heads for his compartment*
Bill: *Walking on the platform, examining the station*
Paul: *Walking with Morgan*
Morgan: That was fun.
Paul: When they serve dinner, would 你 like to 加入 me?
Morgan: Of course I would. *Kisses Paul*
Paul: See 你 again soon.
As the two headed into their compartments, Ivan noticed something.
Ivan: *Looks at Morgan* She's blonde, and has big bosoms. An attractive woman like that should be perfect for my play. I'll ask her later in the dining car. *Heads for his room*
Bill: *Checking his watch* Well, it's been ten minutes. *Heads back on the train* All aboard!!
Sid: Here we go.
William: *Blows the whistle twice, and pulls the train out of the station*
下一个 stop, Crestline Ohio.
As the train traveled through Indiana, the conductor talked to the passengers on the loudspeaker.
Bill: Attention passengers, our chefs are ready to prepare 晚餐 if 你 are hungry. All items on the menu are ten cents, 或者 less. The dining car will be closed at 8 PM. We should arrived at Crestline Ohio 由 8:45. In the meantime, enjoy the food, and enjoy the scenery.
Only half of the passengers went into the dining car immediately after hearing the announcement. The other half decided to wait. Among the first half was Morgan, accompanied 由 her new 爱情 interest, Paul. Little did they know that trouble would be coming their way.
Paul: *Holding Morgan's hand as they walk to the dining car*
Ivan: *Walks out of his compartment, and quietly follows the pair*
Fifteen 分钟 later, Paul & 摩根 were sitting down at a table, their 食物 just arriving. Paul ordered a hamburger with lettuce, and pickles. 摩根 ordered a 牛扒, 牛排 with A1 sauce.
Morgan: Tell me about yourself.
Paul: Well, I started work for Oldsmobile in 1909. I'm a designer, and I've made some pretty successful cars over the years. I fought for a few months in The Great War in 1917, and when I came back, I continued my work for the car company. This business meeting I'm going to is to focus on 更多 designs to make cars 更多 reliable. What about you? What do 你 do?
Morgan: I live in Chicago, and work as a math teacher. I'm visiting some family members in New York City.
Paul: What do 你 do in the summer?
Morgan: I deliver mail. While working as a teacher, I only do it on the weekends, but now that I have 更多 time off, I can work 更多 hours.
Paul: I wonder if 你 deliver my mail. I too live in Chicago.
Morgan: What's your address?
Paul: 428 Washington Boulevard in Oak Park.
Morgan: I thought you'd be closer. I'm on West 13th Street, house 41.
Paul: I could 移动 into your place if 你 want to live together.
Morgan: *Smiling as she blushes* I think that's a good idea.
Nearby, Ivan was watching while eating a salad.
Ivan: She definitely has a good voice. Once she's done eating with that man, I will ask her to be in my play.
Paul: *Yawns* I'm feeling kinda tired. I'm gonna take a nap once I finish this burger.
Morgan: Why don't 你 stop 由 my room after your nap?
Paul: I'll probably be there in about an hour. I'll knock three times.
Ivan: Three times. *Chuckles*
Waiter: *Walking towards Ivan*
Ivan: *Sees the waiter, and hides his smile 由 drinking his glass of water*
Waiter: Do 你 want anything else sir?
Ivan: No thanks.
摩根 was 阅读 a book while waiting for Paul. She heard three knocks on her door.
Morgan: Come in.
Ivan: *Enters her compartment* With pleasure.
Morgan: Wait a minute, you're not Paul.
Ivan: I'm not, but I've seen 你 talking to him, and quite frankly, I think you're perfect for my play.
Morgan: What kind of play?
Ivan: It's a drama called The Scarlet Lady. I've been 给 good 评论 由 many critics who got a sneak peak at my script. There's just one thing I need to test 你 with.
Morgan: And that is?
In Paul's compartment, he was asleep. His nap lasted for half an 小时 when suddenly...
Paul: *Wakes up, and runs out of his compartment*
Ivan: *Pushing 摩根 into a wall, touching her big breasts*
Morgan: Stop this at once!
Ivan: Do 你 want to be in the play 或者 not?
Morgan: I'll call the conductor, and get 你 kicked off this train!
Paul: *Moves the door handle, but the door is locked* Morgan, it's Paul. Are 你 alright in there?
Morgan: Please get the conductor right now!!
Bill: *Arrives* What's all this?
Paul: I just heard her screaming. I don't know what's going on in there.
Bill: *Unlocks Morgan's door*
Once the door open, they saw Ivan harassing Morgan.
Ivan: *Still has his right hand on Morgan's rack* Oh, hello gentlemen.
Bill: Sexual harassment is a very serious crime.
Ivan: Oh fiddlesticks.
Bill: You're coming with me. *Escorts Ivan out of the compartment*
Ivan: What are 你 going to do to me?
Bill: When we reach Crestline, you're going to jail.
Six officers were waiting for Ivan once the train made it's station stop. 摩根 watched with relief as Ivan was arrested.
Morgan: *Puts her arm around Paul's neck* Thanks for your help.
Paul: A real man knows how to be nice to a lady.
Morgan: *Gets her lips closer to Paul's* In that case, you're the manliest man I've ever met. *Kisses him*
Paul: *Hugs 摩根 as he kisses her*
Morgan: 你 can touch my body as many times as you'd like.
Paul: Let me close the blinds first. *Closes the blinds*
With their privacy, 摩根 and Paul had a frisky night, as the moon went higher, and the sky turned darker.
Pittsburgh, 12:15 AM
The Broadway Limited was making another station stop, but there was a problem.
Sid: Let's get some coal.
William: *Watches someone walk towards the cab* Monohan, what's happening?
Mike: We're short on coal. Management wants 你 to put the K4 in a siding, and let 7002 pull the train the rest of the way to Penn Station.
Sid: The Atlantic?
Mike: We made some upgrades. We want to see how she handles 10 cars.
Sid: She's gonna slip non-stop.
William: I'm willing to give it a try. Go uncouple the engine.
Mike: I got it. *Walks to the coupler*
Sid: *Nervously shakes as he looks at two 更多 men in the cab of 7002* Are they trying to make us late?
Mike: *Uncouples the K4 from the Broadway Limited* You're good!
William: I don't know, but keep your hopes up. *Moves the engine into a siding*
Paul was still in 床, 床上 with Morgan. They woke up to see the K4 be switched with 7002.
Morgan: I wonder why they're switching engines.
Paul: That's a good question.
As Sid and William walked back to the train, the two men got 7002 coupled up.
Workmen: *Walking out of the cab* You're all set chief.
Mike: *Walks with the men to the K4*
William: How are we doing on time Bill?
Bill: We're seven 分钟 ahead of schedule.
Sid: I wonder when we'll see the Westbound Broadway Limited.
William: *Climbs into 7002's cab with Sid* Maybe when we get closer to Altoona.
Bill: Whenever you're ready gentlemen. *Walks back to the train*
Sid: *Sighs* Well, here goes nothing.
William: *Blows the whistle twice, and rings the 钟, 贝尔 as he gently pulls the throttle*
Sid: *Surprised* Hey! We're actually going forward.
The engine slipped fiercely, but William quickly got the wheels under control.
William: *Increasing speed* Luckily we're going downhill, and from there, the rest of the trip is on flat ground.
Sid: What about the tunnel to Penn Station?
William: We'll probably have fewer passengers. We can drop off one car in the yards.
After leaving Pittsburgh, they saw the Westbound Broadway Limited.
William: That was sooner than I expected.
Sid: They're early as well. 由 about five minutes.
Westbound Engineer: What the hell are they using an Atlantic for?
Westbound Fireman: Coal shortage?
Westbound Engineer: That's right, I forgot. Lucky for us we got a full tender before leaving Altoona.
Two hours later, the train entered Altoona. Before approaching the station, they had to go through Horseshoe Curve.
William: My 最喜爱的 part of the trip. *Applies the brakes*
Sid: *Watching the scenery* If only we came here during the day. It would look nicer.
William: *Slowly releases the brakes* Keep it at 20, and we'll be safe.
Philadelphia, the Headquarters for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Despite having a weaker engine, the Broadway Limited was still early as it approached Broad 街, 街道 Station at 7 AM.
William: *Stops the train at the station* Nine 分钟 early. No wheel slip, and no delays.
Sid: I'm surprised we've managed to stay ahead of schedule. That gradient into Penn Station still worries me.
William: Relax. Everything will be okay.
Paul: *Sleeping with 摩根 in her room*
Bill: *Knocks on the door*
Paul: *Wakes up*
Bill: We're at Philadelphia, anyone getting off for Philadelphia?
Paul: Yes. *Gets out of bed*
Morgan: *Gets up, revealing her big breasts*
Paul: *Blushing as he stares at Morgan* I wrote my number down on a piece of paper for you. When 你 get back to Chicago from New York, call me and we can hang out.
Morgan: Thank 你 Paul. I had a wonderful time with you.
Paul: *Puts his clothes on, then gets out of the room*
A few 分钟 later, 摩根 saw Paul walk on the platform. She was still naked, making the man blush even more, but he couldn't stop himself from smiling.
Paul: I'm gonna have a great future with that lady.
Bill: All aboard!
William: *Rings the 钟, 贝尔 as he moves the train forward*
Morgan: *Putting her clothes on*
Bill: *Talking on the loudspeaker* Attention passengers, breakfast will be served until 8 AM. If you're hungry, please go to the dining car.
摩根 was starting to feel sad as she went to the dining car, thinking about the wonderful 晚餐 she had with Paul.
Sid: *Checking his watch, which says 7:08* We're scheduled to arrive at Penn Station 由 8:30.
William: We'll make it. Don't worry.
As the Broadway Limited entered New Jersey. There was only one 更多 station stop before reaching Penn Station. Another Penn Station, in Newark. After that station stop, Sid's paranoia kicked in.
Sid: I still don't think we can make it up the grade into the station.
William: We'll be okay. I will be honest, I would prefer to use the electric engines, but the 3rd rail system is down.
Sid: I hope they finish with the catenaries. I'd like to see 更多 electric engines.
William: *Sees the entrance to the tunnel* Here we go. We should have enough PSI, and we will make the grade if we go up to 70 at the bottom of this slope.
The train entered the tunnel, and went down a hill. Sid watched the speedometer as he sweat.
William: *Closes the throttle* Save the energy for when we really need it.
William: *Feels the train reach the bottom of the hill* We're gonna start climbing soon. *Opens the throttle* I kept telling 你 we'd make it.
Sid: Those upgrades payed off.
The train went upgrade, but the speed only decreased from 70 to 65.
William: I do have to apply the brakes so we can stop at the platform. *Closes the throttle*
Sid: 你 sure we need it? We are going uphill.
William: *Applies the brakes* We have to slow down to 30 before we reach the top. I'm not getting in trouble for exceeding the speed limit.
Sid: *Watching the train slow down to 45*
William: *Releases the brakes* There we go. Now we can let gravity do the work for us. *Waits for the train to slow down to 30, and opens the throttle*
They were getting closer to the top, but then the wheels began to slip, decreasing the speed even more.
William: *Pushes the throttle, but continues spinning the wheels*
Sid: You're letting her slip?!
William: No choice! We close the throttle, and we'll never make it.
7002 continued to slip as she pulled the train to the top. As she made it to the 最佳, 返回页首 of the grade, the train was only at 3 miles an hour. The wheels spun faster as the train continued to crawl into the station.
William: *Pours sand onto the rails, and pushes the throttle some more*
Sid: *Watches the wheels stop slipping as the train increases speed* I thought one of the side rods would fall off.
William: Not on this Atlantic. She's got the power, and the speed.
Morgan: *Watching the train stop at Penn Station*
Bill: *Watching passengers get off* Have a nice day. Thank 你 for riding the Broadway Limited.
Morgan: *Gets off the train, and sees her family* Mom, Dad! *Runs towards them, and hugs her*
Mom: How was your trip?
Morgan: Great. I met this wonderful man, and he lives in Chicago 由 my house.
摩根 told her parents all about Paul, and how she wanted to marry him. They had a wonderful life together, and lived happily together for the rest of their lives.
The Broadway Limited was the most successful passenger train operated 由 the Pennsylvania Railroad. While most railroads either downgraded, 或者 removed their express trains during the latter years of the 20th century thanks to airlines, the Pennsy did no such thing to their beloved Broadway.
The Pennsylvania Railroad merged with the New York Central in 1968 to form Penn Central, and they operated the Broadway Limited for another three years before handing the train over to Amtrak, which ran the train until 1995.
While the Broadway Limited may not be around anymore, most railfans wish it still was.
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