Travelers and business people constituted two of the groups that regularly used passenger trains. Others were immigrants, who often took only one train ride in their lives, and college students, who took several trips annually to and from their campuses. Gas rationing during World War II meant that students (who otherwise might have driven their own cars or have been driven by their parents) took the train more often. Here, three or four women aided by a conductor board Louisville & Nashville train 3 at Calera, Alabama, in 1942, during World War II. They wear saddle shoes, bobby socks, and military style jackets--fashionable garb for the era. The image appeared in "Trains" in April 1974. Wartime exigencies led railroads to use older passenger cars like these as well as new streamlined cars. During World War II passenger trains often were overcrowded to the point of being uncomfortable.
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