“Across the Continent on the Pacific Railroad: Dining Saloon of the Hotel Express Train.”
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News
This 1870 image shows the quality enjoyed by first class passengers on the nation’s railroads. Dining service and drinks were served in a bright, airy, and comfortable car. These amenities were available only to those passengers who could afford them. Other passengers had to either bring their own meals or buy food during brief meal stops in stations.