Liberty Limited

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Liberty Limited
PredecessorWashington–Broadway Limited
First serviceSeptember 27, 1925
Last serviceOctober 27, 1957
Former operator(s)Pennsylvania Railroad (1938–1957)
Train number(s)58 (Chicago to Washington
59 (Washington to Chicago)
PRR S1 #6100 was seen hauling the Liberty Limited eastbound at New Freedom, PA in April 1941.
Liberty Limited route map

The Liberty Limited was a named train on the Pennsylvania Railroad. It ran from Washington D.C. to Chicago, Illinois, through Baltimore, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.[1][2] It began running on September 27, 1925, as a replacement for the Washington–Broadway Limited, which had been introduced in 1923.[3] It originally was scheduled to complete its route in 19 hours.

In June 1938 it became one of the original trains making up the Pennsylvania Railroad's "Fleet of Modernism", using modern streamlined lightweight equipment, along with the General, the Broadway Limited and the Spirit of St. Louis.[3][1] Beside streamlining, its travel time was reduced to 16 hours 25 mins;[4] 30 mins slower than B&O's premier train the Royal Blue. The train consisted of one lounge Car (Drawing-room, three Double Bedrooms, Buffet), a 14 sections heavyweight Pullman sleeper, a 12-5 and a 10-5 lightweight Pullman sleeper, one dining car, one coach with reclining seat which was regularly assigned, an observation car with two master bedrooms, one double bedroom and a buffet lounge.[4] Prime power was PRR K4s, PRR S1 #6100, T1s and diesel engines.[3] Its primary competition were the Baltimore & Ohio's Royal Blue and Capitol Limited.[3]

It last ran on October 27, 1957, after which its equipment was moved to the Chicago–New York General, which also picked up a leg connecting from Harrisburg to Washington, D.C.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Liberty Limited". Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Indiana University Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9780253027931.
  3. ^ a b c d e Welsh, Joe. Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited. Voyageur Press. pp. 60–61, 77–79, 121–122, 144. ISBN 9781610600101.
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