[78-L] ^White Christmas

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com.invalid
Tue Dec 25 12:50:53 PST 2018

1954 - just postwar?

On 2018-12-25 21:27, Mark Bardenwerper wrote:
> On 12/25/2018 1:57 PM, Rodger Holtin 78-L wrote:
>> Merry Christmas, 78-L! OK, back to business. Even my grandkids 
>> believe the holidays are properly validated by watching White 
>> Christmas. I consider myself a success. However there are crucial 
>> questions that I cannot answer and so I turn to my friends. In the 
>> early scenes of the Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye movie White Christmas, 
>> they are apparently playing a show in Florida. Wallace and Davis have 
>> two train tickets for New York. They show the girls in the Pullman 
>> sleeper and Wallace and Davis spend the night "in a drafty old club 
>> car." How long would that trip have been in 1954? Overnight or two 
>> nights? More? Less?
> This was just postwar, so the trains likely were not yet onto the 
> free-fall of the fifties. It was possibly a two-day trip, with a 
> changeover in DC. There were expresses coming out of Florida with 
> perhaps one stop per state. Coast trains went through Penn Station, 
> just as the modern Vermonter does now. But then there were trains 
> running north farther west. Two days would be a stretch. Not at all 
> possible nowadays, though the route exists.

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