This Video is a trip up the Hudson from Penn Station to Albany NY on June 1, 2013 as the train went as fast as 109 MPH.
The Hickory Creek was built in 1948 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company for the relaunching of the famous 20th Century Limited. The Hickory Creek was part of one of the largest orders by the New York Central in an effort to provide its riders with the latest up-to-date comforts and technology. Some of these advancements included florescent lighting throughout, ice cold water and separate climate controls in every bedroom, electro-pneumatic braking, and magic doors that operated pneumatically. With a pull or push of the door handle, the door would swing effortlessly granting entry to the car.
The Hickory Creek was originally configured as a five double-bedroom, buffet, lookout lounge car. The unique design credited to Henry Dreyfuss (famed industrial designer of the time), included a raised lookout lounge that was 12 inches above the rest of the room, with oversized windows and furniture configured in such a way that ensured a view of the scenery from any position.
The Hickory Creek operated in service on the 20th Century Limited from 1948 to 1967, at which time it was retired. By this point it was showing significant signs of wear and would be stored and later sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The circus removed all interior partitions and reconfigured the car to meet their requirements. It would only be used for a short time before being taken out of service once again, and stored on Ringling Brother's scrap line, where the elements would continue to take their toll. The car was later acquired by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey in 1991 and slated for restoration.
Important Dates in Hickory Creek's History
The Hickory Creek is christened in Grand Central Terminal on September 15, 1948, in a joint ceremony hosted by then General Dwight David Eisenhower and actress Beatrice Lillie. Evidence of the specially erected platform used for the event was still visible during the Winter Olympics trains during the 1980's.
In June of 2005, the Hickory Creek made it's first revenue trip, after a recent Amtrak certificationand inspection, from New York to Niagara Falls and return. The Hickory Creek is photographed during an extended station stop at Utica, NY.
On October 25, 2008, the Hickory Creek returned to Grand Central Terminal for the first time in more than 41 years. luxuryrailvacation.com