May 13 - Showcasing the golden era of luxurious travel by rail, an exhibit of historic trains goes on display at Grand Central Terminal in New York. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.
New York's Grand Central Terminal's centennial celebration continued over the weekend, harkening back to its heyday when trains were considered a luxurious means of travel. A two-day exhibit showed off rare and privately-owned rail cars built in the 1920's through the 1950's Among them was the world famous 20th Century Limited train. Joan Jennings Scalfani used to greet passengers and serve as a hostess on the line that ran between New York and Chicago. And as a "Century Girl," she recalls seeing some famous faces on her route. (SOUNDBITE) Joan Jennings Scalfani, former Century Girl on the 20th Century Limited, saying (English): "You know, I never expected that I'd ever meet Frank Sinatra or President and Mrs. Truman, Ernest Hemingway and Miss Mary and people like that. Lena Horne, oh she was gorgeous." The "Parade of Trains" exhibit was the largest collection of privately-owned train cars ever assembled in Grand Central.