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Menu Medley – Great Northern (before World War I)

We decided this time to take a look at dining car service on the Great Northern, specifically pre-WWI service.

1901 single card breakfast menu
Another 1901 breakfast menu


1914 menu

Postcard promoting the Oriental Limited
GN early scene
Photo of the early “Hill” china pattern.

We hope you enjoyed our look at the Great Northern’s dining car service in the early 20th century.


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Menu Medley – New Haven

The New Haven probably had the most extensive dining car operation of all the U.S. railroads. In addition to traditional dining cars, they had their lower cost “grill cars” as well as parlor cars and bar cars on the commuter trains.

New Haven Breakfast Menu from 1960
1962 dinner menu – by the mid 1950’s on, most New Haven menus featured ads and tourism guides, mostly to Boston and New York.
1962 menu cover
Special menu from 1952 last steam trip.
Ad showing the diner, but also promoting the grill cars.
The grill cars featured waitresses. Here, picking up an order.
1941 – Thanksgiving meal being served.
Typical bar car scene on the New Haven
These aluminum coins were given out for free coffee. The Phoebe Snow Company offers the very mild roast the NH used.
Merchants china – this plate was supposedly used on the grill cars.
The Platinum Blue pattern was used in the 1960’s. It was interesting because each order seemed to supply a lower quality version of the china. You can find many pieces where the quality of the white transfer art is terrible!
The Baked bean pot. A stock piece where the New Haven added their logo in a haphazard way. However, I am fond of this piece as I remember it distinctly from my first New Haven dining car experience Labor Day weekend in 1966.

I hope you enjoyed our look at the New Haven dining car operations!