Love that ad PRR/Central Vermont. Notice the depiction of Penn Station along with the Central Vermont logo. Better yet note the Central Vermont City Ticket Office phone number "529".
What we would give for a Pullman accomodation, diner in the diner, a parlour seat, perhaps a fine cigar and a great nights sleep under fresh linens with the whistle blowing away through the night. All of it in heavyweights. Not to mention the feeling of "importance" arriving and departing those magnificient stations.
Many railroad Presidents and CEO's made it known that passenger service was not profitable but I do not believe it. They sure went the extra mile and were highly competitive with each other. No expense was overlooked to gain an edge. There were trains to everywhere and lots of them. If you throw in the express and mail contracts things were pretty darn good.
Well don't bother with dailing 529. All of it, 529, the Pennsy, CV, the heavyweights, Pullman, including Penn Station the structure is long gone.
Thinking we are the last generation to have experienced and to have known this firsthand...at least the tail end of it anyway.
I suppose Amtrak at least tries somewhat, VIA if you are willing to max out your credit card. Airports are horrendous, no.no,no.