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The Pullman Palace Car After the Civil War, Americans travelled everywhere by train. And it was miserable. Passengers grabbed what little sleep they could on uncurtained wooden shelves stacked three high. George Pullman provided relief with his Palace Cars, which he marketed as "luxury for the middle class." The elegantly appointed Chicago Limited -- with such amenities as sleeping coaches, first class dining cars, reclining chairs, toilets, barbershops, and libraries -- made daily trips between New York and Chicago. For the first time, an ordinary traveler could make the 25-hour journey in comfort, for only a modest fare increase.

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