• Best long distance passenger trains post WWII to 1960

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  by CarterB
 
What trains would you consider to have been the best on the following routes, according to levels of first class service.
1. Key criteria to be best first class accommodation/s available on the route, best dining service and menus, best on board services available.
2. Secondary considerations, best convenient end points arrivals/departures, scenery en route daylight. bar cars, lounges, domes, observation cars.
3. other considerations you may wish to add

Route 1 East Coast to Midwest ( except NYC to Chicago, we know 20th Century and Broadway would top that list)
Route 2 Midwest to West Coast ( except Super Chief, which would top most lists)
Route 3 Midwest to Florida
Route 4 Transcontinental thru car or good connecting services.
  by ExCon90
 
Route 2:
> Chicago -- Bay Area: California Zephyr, particularly for point 2 -- scenery, timing, and standard-height domes (5 in all, which worked out as basically 3 for coach passengers, leaving 2 for first class.
> Chicago -- Los Angeles: City of Los Angeles; maybe not quite the equal of the Super Chief, but right up there. The dome diner was unequaled, with splendid views of the scenery; the steward was in striped trousers and morning coat for breakfast and lunch, and tuxedo at dinner -- best-dressed man on the train in an era when people dressed up, not down, for travel.

I think it would be interesting to see some opinions on a Route 5: competitive routes under 500 miles.