Thursday, 20 October 2011
The New Empire State Express, U.S.A.
The Empire State Express was one of the passenger trains and onetime flagship of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. On December 7, 1941, the New York Central inaugurated a new, all-stainless-steel streamlined (Budd) train, powered by a streamlined J-3a Hudson steam locomotive. Passengers on the inaugural run, who had expected significant crowds to greet them en route, were very surprised at the low turnout at track side, before they learned later that same day that Pearl Harbour had just been bombed by the Japanese.