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Published on Dec 10, 2013
The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train operated by the New York Central Railroad (NYC) from 1902 to 1967, during which time it would become known as a "National Institution" and advertised as "The Most Famous Train in the World".
In 1938 industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss was commissioned by the New York Central to design streamlined train sets in Art Deco style, with the locomotive and passenger cars rendered in blues and grays (the colors of NYC). The streamlined sets were inaugurated on June 15, 1938.
Although the 20th Century Limited would have never traveled through Harpers Ferry, WV, I collected this "Icons of Steam" simply for its art deco beauty. I don't know if the prototype featured the "driver accent lights" of this MTH model engine but I think they look cool, especially at night.