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"Ride the Turbo!" button, 1973.

Button to announce the introduction of new RTG Turboliner equipment in 1973. Metal button with pin; measures approximately 1 5/8" across.

"Ride the Turbo!" button, 1973.

The gas turbine RTG Turboliners, based on a French design and capable of reaching speeds up to 125 mph, were initially introduced on the Chicago-St. Louis route in late 1973. Over the next few years, they spread to other routes emanating from the Chicago hub.

A Turboliner advertisement in the national timetable issued on October 28, 1973 stated, "You glide down the track so smoothly you can scarcely feel the rails...[while] interiors feature French styling in simple sunny colors."

From the Ann Owens Collection.