The story of the streamliner trains came to AMERICAN EXPERIENCE via a Wilson Quarterly article by Mark Reutter, a well-known scholar in railroad and industrial studies. He is the editor of Railroad History, the nation's leading rail history journal. He has twice won the prestigious Railroad History Award for his articles, including "The Lost Promise of the American Railroad" on the Zephyr and "The Life of Edward Budd" on the builder of the stainless-steel trains.
Read Mark Reutter's 1994 article, "The Lost Promise of the American Railroad," on the Wilson Quarterly's website. (payment required)
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