I want to sleep at Penn Station

I do.  I really do.  And, it is not because I want to end up on the peopleofpennstation Instagram account.

There was a time when you could walk into Penn Station, check in to your room, and the next morning, wake up in Washington DC.  Yes, on purpose.  From the railfan.net Penn Central page, a Penn Central timetable from 1969 notes that at 10:30p sleeping cars for Train 177 “open for occupancy.” The sleeping car would then be added to a train from Boston heading south.

Schedule - Penn Central 1969

And, for $16.25 you get your own private bedroom.  That’s a bit more than $100 in 2014.

Sleeping Car Fares

This type of service lasted into the 1990’s (h/t to my friends @Metroland for the info)

Nowadays, there are no sleepers at Penn Station.  But, there should be.



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