F.A.Q.’s


How many private rail cars are in existence?
About 150 private rail cars are certified to run in the United States. That means they have passed rigorous inspection requirements so that they can safely be linked to trains that travel up to 110 miles per hour.

How many cars from the Broadway Limited still exist?
Fewer than a dozen. Some are no longer operational, some are still in use and some are in museums.

How big is a rail car?
Cars are 10 feet wide, 85 feet long, and 13.5 feet tall. They weigh about 70 tons!

How fast did the Broadway Limited go?
In 1912, the trip between New York and Chicago took about 20 hours, or an average of 45 mph (including stops). In 1949, it took 15.5 hours, or about 60 mph with speeds of up to 90 mph. At times, speeds reached 100 in the express’ lifetime. Our train’s restored cars have been certified and approved to travel at modern speeds of up to 110 mph.

Can I buy a ticket?
Our train has no set routes. All our trips are custom arranged for group or individual travelers.

How long did the Broadway Limited run?
Service between New York and Chicago (by way of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) began in 1902 as the Pennsylvania Special. In 1912, it became the journey of the Broadway Limited. Except for two periods in 1903 and 1904, during World War I, and occasional disruptions by flooding, the Broadway Limited ran east and west daily until 1995, for an era that lasted through the Depression, two world wars, the Sputnik, atom bomb, and the Internet age.

Who restored The Catalpa Falls Group’s cars?
Our cars were carefully restored at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland.

How many original cars does The Catalpa Falls Group plan to restore?
We have an ultimate goal of restoring a total of nine period cars.

What are the types of trips people take on your train?
Our train is ideal for business functions and distinctive business travel for groups of up to 20 people, as it provides quality, uninterrupted time in a setting few have ever experienced. Our train also makes a memorable family vacation, family reunion, birthday, or other special event trip.