Throwback Thursday: A 25 Cent Tipple on the B&O Railroad
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Last week we paid $8 for a domestic beer while riding an Amtrak train.
In 1941, that price would have been the small sum of 25 cents on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, or the B&O for short.
Perhaps you recognized the railroad from playing games of Monopoly, as it's one of the four railroad properties. In real life, however, the Baltimore and Ohio was the Unites States' first passenger railroad, founded in 1828. While expanding beyond the east coast to connect into the Midwest, it operated through the Great Depression and the World Wars and eventually merged and merged again to become what is now known as the freight train operator CSX.
The beverage menu shown here is from Dining Car Service in 1941. This is only one page, as the accompanying completely concerned itself with details state liquor laws (and that a pack of cigarettes would cost 20 cents).
What would you have ordered, while traveling from New York to Chicago?