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The Speed Merchant
The Speed Merchant was a named train of the Boston and Maine Railroad (B&M), between Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine. The Speed Merchant was purchased by the Patrick B. McGinnis administration of the B&M, and was virtually identical to the John Quincy Adams, one of three experimental passenger trains purchased by the New Haven Railroad (under McGinnis) in an attempt to modernize rail travel and lure people out of their cars. The train was built by American Car and Foundry to a lightweight Talgo design, and was powered by two Fairbanks-Morse P-12-42 Diesel-electric locomotives, one at each end of the train, connected by Multiple unit control.
Boston and Maine Railroad No. 1, an FM P-12-42, at Boston Engine Terminal.
Service lasted until 1964. McGinnis' financial dealings ultimately culminated in a prison sentence for receiving kickbacks on the sale of B&M's streamlined passenger cars, effectively ending his career in railroading.
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