The Nickel Plate Limited was upgraded to streamliner status in 1950 with new coaches, sleepers and buffet-lounge cars from Pullman-Standard—which were actually surplus from a large order which had been placed by the Chesapeake & Ohio. From the consist and the scheduling it appears that this train was targeted mainly to the overnight business between Chicago and Cleveland, which is why it appears on the Midwest page. However, it did carry through cars to New York (via the Lackawanna) besides connecting the multitude of smaller communities along the route.

From the pages of the Official Guide, August 1950

Nickel Plate RR herald

The Nickel Plate Limited

Nickel Plate Road
April 30, 1950

6 Train Number 5
Daily Miles Services Daily
10 45P Dp 0.0 Chicago, IL (La Salle St. Sta.) (CT) C R Ar 6 40A
10 58P 6.7 Englewood, IL C 6 25A
11 23P 19.9 Hammond, IN C 5 27A
F 30.6 South Gary, IN C F 5 05A
46.5 Valparaiso, IN C F 4 43A
12 23A 72.0 Knox, IN C 4 12A
F12 37A 84.8 Hibbard, IN C F 3 52A
126.5 South Whitley, IN C 3 04A
1 53A Ar 152.2 Fort Wayne, IN (CT) C R Dp 2 35A
2 03A Dp Ar 2 20A
F 3 51A 198.0 Continental, OH (ET) (See Note) C F 2 21A
F 4 09A 213.0 Leipsic Junction, OH C F 2 01A
F 4 28A 230.5 North Findlay, OH (Mortimer) C F 1 37A
4 49A 243.1 Fostoria, OH C 1 18A
5 30A 275.6 Bellevue, OH C 12 37A
6 17A 313.0 Lorain, OH C 11 45P
6 38A 331.0 Rocky River, OH C 11 15P
7 00A Ar 339.7 Cleveland, OH C R Dp 10 55P
7 20A Dp Ar 10 30P
7 35A 346.7 East Cleveland, OH (Superior Ave.) C 10 10P
8 14A 369.9 Painesville, OH C 9 43P
8 50A 395.6 Ashtabula, OH C 9 15P
9 15A 408.7 Conneaut, OH C 8 56P
9 53A 436.8 Erie, PA C R 8 13P
10 10A 450.5 North East, PA C
10 45A 482.7 Dunkirk, NY C F 7 20P
11 40A Ar 523.8 Buffalo, NY (Lackawanna Tml.) (ET) C R Dp 6 30P
Through Cars Chicago-New York
10 Connecting Train Number (Lackawanna) 3
4 45P Dp 0.0 Buffalo, NY (Lackawanna Tml.) (ET) Ar 5 45P
4 55A Ar 396.2 New York, NY (Barclay St.) (ET) Dp 9 00A

Train 6: 20 stops, 11:55, 44.0 MPHTrain 5: 22 stops, 13:10, 39.8 MPH

NOTE for No. 6 at Continental: "Stops on signal Sunday only to take pay passengers for Cleveland and east.

NOTE for No. 6: "Train No. 6 will stop at any station east of Cleveland to let off or pick up passengers." [There are 18 additional stations not shown in this timetable.]




(Via Nickel Plate-Lackawanna.)

Sleeping Cars...Chicago to Cleveland—Double Bedrooms (Car 63).—10 Roomette, 6 Double Bedrooms (Cars 61-62-64). (Open 9:00 p.m.)

Chicago to New York—10 Roomettes, 6 Double Bedrooms. (Car C-60). (Open 9:00 p.m. Occupancy at Hoboken until 7:00 a.m.)

Fort Wayne to Cleveland—10 Roomettes, 6 Double Bedrooms (Car 601). (Except Saturday night) (open 9:00 p.m.).

Coaches...Chicago to Buffalo (Open 9:30 P.m.) and Buffalo to New York—Individual Reclining Seats.

Club Diner Lounge...Chicago to Buffalo. (Radio.) (Open 9:00 p.m.)

Buffet Lounge...Buffalo to Binghamton.



(Via Lackawanna-Nickel Plate.)

Sleeping Cars...Cleveland to Chicago—Double Bedrooms. (Car 53)—10 Roomettes, 6 Double Bedrooms (Car 51-52-54) (open 9:00 p.m.).

Cleveland to Fort Wayne—10 Roomettes, 6 Double Bedrooms (Car 501). (Except Saturday night) (open 9:00 p.m., occupancy at Fort Wayne until 8:00 a.m.).

New York to Chicago—10 Roomettes, 6 Double Bedrooms. (Car L-30.)

Coaches...New York to Chicago.

   Buffalo to Chicago—Individual Reclining Seats.

Diner...New York to Buffalo. Diner Lounge...Buffalo to Cleveland.

Club Diner Lounge...Cleveland to Chicago. (Radio.) (Open 9:00 p.m.)

No extra fare on any train.

Regularly assigned Equipment (Pullmans, Dining Cars and Coaches) in Through Trains Completely Air-Conditioned.

Nickel Plate Road promotional film from 1953, with a lot of good Berkshire action.

In 1954, the Nickel Plate Limited would be renamed to the City of Chicago westbound and the City of Cleveland eastbound. (So, it does look like the train was targeted at the Cleveland market!) Thus renamed, the service would outlive the Nickel Plate itself, which was merged into Norfolk and Western in 1964. But a year later, on September 10, 1965, the City of Chicago and City of Cleveland would make their last runs.