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Sleeping Car Service

February 1st, 2003

The New Haven Railroad offered sleeping car service on many of its night time runs from the late 19th Century up through the end of its corporate existance. Not only was sleeper service offered on long runs that extended off its regular service territory via connections with other railroads such as the Pennsylvania and Boston & Maine, it also offered sleeper service on the relatively short Shore Line Route between Boston and New York City. Between 1912 and 1969 the New Haven's sleeper service was operated by the Pullman Company. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Naragansett Folder This is a promotional folder for the Narragansett dating from the mid 1930s. The Narragansett was one of several overnight passenger trains that the New Haven operated between Boston and New York City during the 1930s that provided coach-class accommodations. The Narragansett operated in both directions, as did most named passenger trains on the New Haven, departing at 12:45 a.m. and arriving at its end-terminal just before 7:00. The Narragansett was intended to provide a less expensive alternative to a berth in a Pullman sleeping car, an important consideration for many cash-strapped travelers during the Great Depression. The Narragansett was ready for boarding at Boston's South Station and New York's Grand Central Terminal at 10 p.m., nearly three hours prior to its scheduled departure to allow passengers extra time to sleep, just like a normal overnight train equipped with sleeping cars. The lights were kept dimmed in the coaches and pillows were rented for a quarter. In later years sleeping cars were added to the Narragansett.
Promotional folder for the New Haven's overnight trains dating from the mid to late 1930s. Pullman sleeping cars ran between Boston and New York City as well as to and from many points located well off the railroad such as Washington D.C., Montreal Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Night Trains Folder #1
Night Trains Folder #2 This is the interior center-fold of the New Haven Railroad overnight train folder shown above. Note that the Owl, a special sleeper-only overnight train, was kept to a 36 mile per hour schedule to provide a smooth ride and give passengers enough time to get an adequate amount of rest over the relatively short distance between Boston and New York City.
During the Second World War many sleeping cars were requisitioned by the government for use in troop movements. As a result, there developed a severe shortage of sleeping cars for civilian purposes. To help deal with this shortage, the government placed a ban on the operation of sleeping cars in civilian service on runs of less than 450 miles, as specified in the folder shown at right. The New Haven, being a small railroad, ended up with very few sleeping cars assigned to it. In fact, the government's ban affected every overnight passenger train on the New Haven except for the Federal and William Penn, which operated between Boston and Washington DC. One of the ways that the New Haven coped with the sleeping car ban was to assign parlor cars to trains that formerly operated with sleepers and give passengers blankets and pillows. Sleeping Cars Drafted
Dollar Saver Sleeper The Dollar Saver Sleeper was a special promotion targeted towards coach-class passengers in an effort to induce them to take an upper or lower berth in a sleeping car instead. This budget service was offered between Boston/Providence and New York City on the Owl, a long-established sleeper train that operated on a slow schedule to provide a very smooth ride. The Dollar Saver Sleeper promotion of 1960 represented the swan song of the heavyweight open-section Pullman sleeping car on the New Haven Railroad. This single-sided flyer dates from the early months of the promotion.
Here is a Dollar Saver Sleeper promotional folder from February 1960. The Owl departed Boston at 11:50 p.m. Monday through Saturday, arriving in New York City at 6:25 a.m. The train departed New York's Grand Central Terminal at 12:45 a.m. Sunday through Friday, arriving in Boston at 6:35 a.m.  The Owl departed Boston at 12:30 a.m., arriving in New York at 6:15 a.m. on Sundays. On Saturdays the train departed New York City at 12:55 a.m., arriving in Boston at 6:20. Dollar Saver Sleeper
Dollar Saver Sleeper This Dollar Saver Sleeper promotional folder dates from July 1960. Open-section sleeper space was strictly limited as the heavyweight Pullman sleeping cars were well on their way out by this time. An upper berth was available for $3.78 and a lower berth for $4.98 on top of the normal coach fare for travel between Boston/Providence and New York City on the Owl.


January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

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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