Way Ahead Of Its Time: The Mercury Streamliner

Way Ahead Of Its Time: The Mercury Streamliner

Photo by J. Baylor Roberts for National Geographic, November, 1936.

Photo by J. Baylor Roberts for National Geographic, November, 1936.

New York Central's new streamlined train, the Mercury, is photographed against Cleveland's Union Terminal in 1936, the ultra-modern contours of the locomotive contrasting the stark lines of the 52-story concrete tower.

The Mercury streamliners were designed for New York Central Railroad by Henry Dreyfuss and are considered a classic example of the Art Deco movement. Passenger service between midwestern cities began on July 13, 1936 and ended with the Cleveland Mercury making its final run on July 11, 1959.

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