Nickel Plate Limited

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The Nickel Plate Limited, later known as the City of Cleveland and City of Chicago, was a passenger train operated by the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate) between Chicago and Buffalo, New York via Cleveland, Ohio, with through service to Hoboken, New Jersey (for New York City) via the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.

The Nickel Plate bestowed the name Nickel Plate Limited on an existing (unnamed) Chicago-New York service in April 1929. It was the first named Nickel Plate train since 1906. The Nickel Plate also added Pullman club cars and sleepers to compete with New York Central Railroad service (such as the Forest City) over the same route.[1]:154 The DL&W's New York Mail handled eastbound through cars between Buffalo and New York while the Phoebe Snow handled cars westbound.[2]:45

In 1954 the Nickel Plate renamed the train: the westbound train became the City of Chicago while the eastbound train became the City of Cleveland. Through service to Hoboken ended in 1959. Both trains survived the Nickel Plate itself: service ended on September 10, 1965, a year after the Nickel Plate's merger with the Norfolk and Western Railway. They were the final remnants of the Nickel Plate's passenger service.[2]:46


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