This late 1800's photo captures the evolution of train travel quite well. The seats were still velvet and plush, but with much less room. It still looks like it would be an amazing ride, however!
By 1895, trains could move quickly across the nation, as seen here as a passenger train whistles through Kansas.
At the start of the 1900s, train companies began advertising that combined the historical luxury, but also showed the newer seats and accommodations. This type of imagery made train travel even more accessible.
This early 1900s photo from a station outside of Chicago captures the popularity of train travel at the turn of the century. The fancy Pullman dining cars may have been gone, but in its place came a happy, mobile population of people who could, often for the first time, explore the nation and visit family members everywhere.
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