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This 1888 photo shows our first view at the exterior of a true passenger train that was capable of traveling long distances with hundreds of passengers.  These journeys often took weeks, so the engineers made a point to make the accommodations as luxurious as possible.  So let's now take a look inside...

 

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The Pullman Company debuted their first fancy lounge cars in 1867 and passengers were amazed at the exquisite accommodations.  As word spread about the new way to travel being nicer than anything in the city, the Pullman Company continued to build out more cars in all levels of luxury. 

 

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Another view of a Pullman car, this one being what was known as an Observation Car.  Don't the seats look comfy?