A 1935 Railway Age advertisement featuring the Commodore Vanderbilt.
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The Commodore Vanderbilt was the world's first streamlined steam locomotive.
A 1934 poster advertising the exhibition of the Commodore Vanderbilt.
The Commodore Vanderbilt Streamlined Steam Locomotive
New York Central Hudson locomotive No. 5344 was chosen to be the new Commodore Vanderbilt in 1934. It was the NYC's first streamlined locomotive and was named after the railroad's founder. The Commodore Vanderbilt pulled the "20th Century Limited" until 1937.
First seen by the public in December, 1934, the locomotive entered revenue service pulling the railroad’s prestigious, but still heavyweight, 20th Century Limited between Toledo and Chicago in February, 1935, and remained in this service for some time. During July, 1939, the locomotive was re- streamlined to match the look of the 20th Century J3s. After an October, 1945 grade crossing accident with a sand truck in East Chicago, all the streamlining was removed.
Almost identical streamlining was applied by the New York Central to a 4-8-2 steam locomotive and used to pull a rolling showroom for Rexall Drug Company.
This locomotive was also chosen to be the prototype for the Lionel O-gauge model.
NYC Hudson J1E Overview
Type and origin
Power type: Steam
Build date 1927–1931
• Whyte 4-6-4
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Operator: New York Central Railroad
Number in class: 205
Disposition: All Scrapped by the Late 1950's
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