The Lincoln Highway
National Museum & Archives
102 Old Lincoln Way West
Galion, Ohio 44833

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1925--Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Trackless Train--1926

"America's First Transcontinental Trackless Train"
"Good Roads & Good Movies"
Transcontinental Tour

New York
to
Los Angeles
1925--Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Trackless Train--1926
"America's First Transcontinental Trackless Train"
"Good Roads & Good Movies"
Transcontinental Tour
New York
to
Los Angeles



Crew
Biographies
1925--Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Trackless Train--1926
"America's First Transcontinental Trackless Train"
Crew
Biographies

Engineer/Driver
William "Bill" Parsons

Los Angeles, CA
Age ??

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Complete Biography


Fireman
Morris Adams
??, ??
Age ??

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Complete Biography



Brakeman
Mr. Bonns

??, ??
Age ??

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Complete Biography


Conductor
Eddie Carrier

Los Angeles, CA
Age ??

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Complete Biography


Porter
Smiling Sunshine
??, ??
Age ??

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Complete Biography



Dispatcher/PR Man
"Buddy" Hooton

Los Angeles, CA
Age ??

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Complete Biography

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Train Information Harry O. McGee
"World's First Transcontinental Trackless Highway Train"
Originator & Manufacturer
Train Information
World's
First
Trackless
Transcontinental Highway Train



Harry O. McGee
President
H. O. McGee Manufacturing Co.
143 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

Originator & Manufacturer



World's
First Trackless
 Transcontinental Highway Train



Harry O. McGee

President
H. O. McGee Manufacturing Co.
143 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

Originator & Manufacturer



DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Mon July 28 Indianapolis Star Lykglass Auto Renual System 8 5-6 4" Ad Click
Sat May 13 Lowell Sun Complete Radio Outfit 10 1-2 6" No Click
Thurs July 23 Waukesha Freeman Novel Motor Train Visits Waukesha 1 3-5 24 1 Click
Thurs July 23 Waukesha Freeman Train Moves Without Track Through City 1, 2 5 20" No Click
Sun Nov 8 Charleston Gazette Indian Truck is Used in Pulling Trackless Train 9 1-2 12" No Click
1976 Sept-Oct Antique Automobile The Trackless Trains of Henry O. McGee 26-30 FP 30" 11 Click
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New York
to
Los Angeles
1925--Metro-Goldwyn Trackless Train--1925
"Good Roads & Good Movies"
Tour Itinerary
New York
to
Los Angeles

DAY WEEK DATE CITY STATE Event
1 Mon March 30 Indianapolis IN City Officials bade "Official Farewell" to the Crew
?? ?? ?? Cincinnati OH ??
?? ?? ?? Dayton OH 6500 NCR Employees stopped work for 20 minutes to view Train at cost of $4,000
?? ?? ?? Springfield OH ??
6 Sat April 4 Columbus OH Governor Dona Huey Was served breakfast on train
7 Sun April 5 Zanesville OH Arrived around noon as large crowds viewed at Liberty Theater
? ?? ?? Wheeling WV ??
? ?? ?? Washington  PA ??
? ?? ?? Pittsburgh PA ??
? ?? ?? Cumberland ?? ??
? ?? ?? Hagerstown ?? ??
14 Sun April 12 Frederick MD Arrived over the National Highway from the west for a short stop about 11:30
14 Sun April 12 Washington DC Police Escort cleared traffic for trip into city-Went down Connecticut Ave
?? ?? ?? Baltimore MD Mayor was "Special Guest"
17 Wed April 15 Wilmington DE Arrived in town late in the evening
18 Thurs April 16 Wilmington DE The Mayor  rode on train from his home to City Hall-Visited various Theaters
?? ?? ?? Philadelphia PA Mayor Kendrick and other city Officials were guests
23 Tues April 21 New York City NY Greatest Free Show that New York has had for a long time
46 Thurs May 14 Lowell MA Arrived in the evening and was taken to a garage for the night
47 Fri May 15 Lowell MA Police escort Train with Mayor & City Officials at Noon-Visits High School & Theatre
74 Thurs June 11 Toronto ?? ??
75 Fri June 12 Dunkirk NY 3 hours late due to battery trouble-Police Escort to Newpaper & Lincoln Theatre
75 Fri June 12 Fredonia NY ??
?? ?? June ?? Akron OH ??
?? ?? June?? Huron OH ??
86 Tues June 23 Sandusky OH City Official met Train at Huron-Arrived at 4:45 pm Stopped at Schada Theater
87 Wed June 24 Sandusky OH Took Moving Pictures of  Sandusky before leaving for Mansfield aroune 9:00 am
87 Wed June 24 Mansfield OH Stopped at the theatre to crowd of hundreds-Visit with Tire Officials
116 Thurs July 23 Waukesha WI Arrived 9 am met with Waukesha Engine Officials, Movies Made, Took on Mechanic
121 Tues July 28 Danville IL ???
121 Tues July 28 Champaign IL Scheduled to spend the night
122 Wed July 29 Monticello IL Due to arrive at 10:30
122 Wed July 29 Decatur IL Arrived about 11 am and and was the talk of the town for 2 hours
122 Wed July 29 Springfield IL ??
133 Sun August 9 Davenport IA Due to Arrive around  in the afternoon-will remain until Monday noon
?? ?? August ?? Madison WI ??
139 Sat August 15 Oshkosh WI Trackless Train Invades Oshkosh Saturday Morning
139 Sat August15 Neenah WI ??
139 Sat August 15 Appleton WI Due to arrive late Saturday
140 Sun August 16 Waupaca MN Arrived around 1 pm and stayed for 1 hour
140 Sun August 16 Stevens Point WI Spent the night in Stevens Point
141 Mon August 17 Stevens Point WI Stayed part of Monday
?? ?? ?? Minneapolis MN ??
?? ?? ?? Omaha NE ??
158 Thurs Sept 3 Lincoln NE Stayed in Lincoln 2 hours-took Governor, Mayor, Chief and Commissioners for Ride
158 Thurs Sept 3 Nebraska City NE ??
?? ?? ?? Falls City NE ??
?? ?? ?? Hiawatha KS ??
?? ?? ?? Kansas City MO ??
197 Mon Oct 12 San Diego CA Arrived Monday Night
200 Thurs Oct 15 Culver City CA Five Lincoln Cars met Train for Parade with Louis B Mayer & Actors to City Hall
200 Thurs Oct 15 Beverly Hills CA ??
200 Thurs Oct 15 Los Angeles CA Parade stops at City Hall delivers message from NYC Mayor to Mayor Cryer
205 Tues Oct 20 Oxnard CA Stopped at the Lyric Theater but no one there so on to the Victory Theater
208 Fri Oct 23 San Mateo CA Stopped for a Full Half Hour
?? ?? ?? San Francisco CA ??
?? ?? ?? Vancouver BC ??
240 Tues Nov 24 Los Angeles CA Parked in front of Grauman's Egyptian Theater to Promote "The Big Parade"
275 Tues Dec 29 Van Nuys CA Exhibited in front of Moore's Store

Press Release
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Press Coverage
Press Release
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DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Thurs April 9 Decatur Daily Press Trackless Train To Cross Continient 1 4-6 24" 1 Click
Tues April 14 Bismark Tribune Trackless Train To Cross Continient 8 2-4 24" 1 Click
Tues April 23 Helena Independant Trackless Train To Cross Continient 7 5-7 24 1 Click
Sun April 26 Ogden Standard-Examiner Trackless Train To Cross Continient 6 3-5 24 1 Click
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Actual Trip
Stories
1925--Metro-Goldwyn Trackless Train--1925
Press Coverage
Actual Trip
Stories



"Trackless Train" Makes a Stop in Sandusky, Ohio.

On June 23, 1925 the  made a stop in front of the Schade Theater in Sandusky.
Funded by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the U.S. Tire Company, the Trackless Train operated like a truck,
 but outwardly looked like a locomotive train. It featured an engine, cab, and a combination dining and sleeping car.

Photo Courtesy: Sandusky Library
http://sanduskyhistory.blogspot.com/search?q=trackless

DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Tues March 31 Indianapolis News Trackless Train To Make Tour of Country's Principal Cities 33 4-5 10" 1 Click
Sun April 5 Zanesville Times Signal An Odd Trackless Train Will Visit City This Morning 1 7 8" No Click
Mon April 6 Zanesville Times Signal Crowds See Trackless Train 7 3-4 16" 2 Click
Sat April 11 Frederick Post Trackless Train Coming To This City Tomorrow 1 2 8" No Click
Mon April 13 Washington Post "Trackless Train" Arrives in Capital 10 5 3" No Click
Tues April 14 Washington Times First Trackless Train Here 3 2-4 12" 1 Click
Tues April 14 Frederick Post New Auto Outfit Visits City 1 7 10" No Click
Thurs April 16 Evening Journal Trackless Train In Front of Mayor's Door, Carries to Office 10 3-5 24" 1 Click
Sun April 26 Los Angeles Times The Greatest Free Show That New York Has Had IV-1 5 3" No Click
Tues April 28 Los Angeles Times The First Trackless Train II-12 4-6 12" 1 Click
Sun May 3 Atlanta Constitution A Trackless Train-Leaving New York City RG-7 1-6 24" 1 Click
Thurs May 14 Lowell Sun Novel Trackless Train to Run Lowell Streets This PM 22 3-5 24" 1 Click
Fri May 15 Lowell Sun Trackless Train Here-Hundreds Visit Novel Outfit 4 5 14" No Click
Sat May 16 Lowel Sun Complete Radio Outfit 10 1-2 8" No Click
Fri May 29 Syracuse Herald See America's First Trackless Train 11 7 5" Ad Click
Sun June 7 Syracuse Post Standard Toot! Toot! Trackless Train Snaps Entering Syracuse RG 5-8 20" 1 Click
Thurs June 11 Dunkirk Observer Trackless Train Coming to Dunkirk 4 3-5 24" 2 Click
Sat June 13 Dunkirk Observer Trackless Train Reaches Dunkirk Three Hours Late 5 4 16" No Click
Tues June 23 Sandusky Register Rubber Tired Train Is Due In City Today 2 4-5 8" No Click
Tues June 23 Sandusky Register Here's Train That's Due Here Today 2 5-7 12" 1 Click
Wed June 24 Sandusky Register Trackless Train Draws Huge Crowd of Curious.. 2 5-6 14" No Click
Sat June 25 Mansfield News Woman Wants Trackless Train To Go On Gypsying Tour 11 1-3 22" 1 Click
Sun June 26 Mansfield News Trackless Train Uses U.S. Tires in CC Trip 10 2 4" No Click
Thurs July 23 Waukesha Freeman Novel Motor Train Visits Waukesha 1 3-5 24" 2 Click
Thurs July 23 Waukesha Freeman Train Moves Without Track Through City 1,2 5 20" No Click
Thurs July 28 Decatur Review Trackless Train Here Wednesday 16 4 6" No Click
Fri July 29 Decatur Review Trackless Train Arrives in Decatur 18 3-5 24" 2 Click
Fri July 29 Decatur Review Trackless Train Attracts Crowds 18 3 10" No Click
Sun Aug 9 Davenport Democrat Trackless Train Due to Reach Davenport... 5 2-4 30" 2 Click
Sat Aug 15 Daily Northwestern This Train Needs Only Good Roads 3 5 10" No Click
Sat Aug 15 Daily Northwestern Unique Motor Locomotive and Coach... 16 2-4 18 2 Click
Sat Aug 15 Appleton Post Crescent First Trackless Train is scheduled to Arrive in Appleton 2 2-4 24" 1 Click
Mon Aug 17 Appleton Post Crescent The World's First Transcontinental Trackless Train 7 2-4 45" 1-Ad Click
Mon Aug 17 Waukesha Freeman War Movies at Rotary Today 1 6 3" No Click
Tues Aug 18 Appleton Post Crescent America's Trackless Train arrived in Waupaca Sunday 7 1 2" No Click
Tues Aug 18 Stevens Point Daily Trackless Train Here 1 4 1" No Click
Fri Sept 4 Lincoln Star America's First Trackless Train Makes Stop in Lincoln 8 4-6 30 2 Click
Tues Oct 13 Los Angeles Times Trackless Train Not Dream Now II-5 5 6"" No Click
Fri Oct 16 Los Angeles Times City Heads Given Ride on "Train" II-8 4-6 24" 2 Click
Fri Oct 23 San Mateo Times Trackless Train Here 3 5 2" No Click
Tues Oct 20 Oxnard Curier Train Travels Along Fifth Street With No Track.. 1 8 4" No Click
Sun Oct 25 Los Angeles Times Aid in Greetting to Trackless Train VI-2 3-5 24" 1 Click
Sun Oct 25 Los Angeles Times Dealer Pleads for Increased Speed Limits VI-2 4-5 8" No Click
Sun Nov 1 Los Angeles Times "Trackless Train" Uses Pneumatics VI-8 4 6" No Click
Sun Nov 1 Los Angeles Times They Get An Eyefull Form the Rear Platform VI-8 5-7 24 1 Click
Tues Nov 24 Los Angeles Times Trackless Train Parked At Theater II-11 5 3" No Click
Tues Dec 29 Van Nuys News The Trackless Train-In Front of Moore's Store 5 1 1" No Click
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Los Angeles
to
New Orleans
1926--Metro-Goldwyn Trackless Train--1926
"Good Movies and Good Roads"
Transcontinental Tour
Los Angeles
to
New Orleans



DAY WEEK DATE CITY STATE Event
1 Thurs Feb 18 Los Angeles CA Trackless Train leaves Grauman's Theatre for New Orleans
?? ?? ?? ?? MS ??
?? ?? ?? Birmingham AL Road Conditions Terrible
? ?? ?? Rome GA Worst Road Conditions
26 Mon March 15 Atlanta GA Governor and Mayor were guests
27 Tues March 16 Atlanta GA ??
?? - ?? Macon GA ??-
?? - ?? Thomasville GA ??
?? - ?? Waycross GA ??
32 Sun March 21 Jacksonville FL ??
33 Mon March 22 New Smyrna FL Scheduled to arrive at 6 pm
- - ?? ?? ?? Shipped to Europe

Actual Trip
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Press Coverage
Actual Trip
Stories




DAY DATE PAPER HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
Thurs Jan 7 Oxnard Daily Courier Trackless Train To Stop Over Tomorrow 1 7 4" No Click
Tues Feb 16 Los Angeles Times Trackless Train is Leaving for New Orleans II-11 3 4" No Click
Wed Feb 17 Los Angeles Times Farewell to Trackless Train II-9 1-2 10" Ad Click
Thurs Feb 18 Los Angeles Times Farewell to Trackless Train II-9 1-2 10" Ad Click
Sun March 14 Atlanta Constitution Trackless Train Arrives Here in Interest of Good Roads 5B 2-4 30" 2 Click
Tues March 16 Atlanta Constitution Trackless Train Finds George Roads Among Worst.. 5 4-6 30" 2 Click
Tues March 16 Atlanta Constitution Trackless Train Indiana Truck Chassis 5 4-5 16" Ad Click
Mon March 22 New Smyrna News America's First Trackless Train 5 1-4 32" 4 Click
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Magazine
Coverage
Metro-Goldwyn Trackless Train
Transcontinental Tour
Magazine
Coverage
# DATE MAGAZINE HEAD LINE PAGE COL SIZE PHOTO VIEW
1 May 1925 Lincoln Highway Forum First Trackless Train Traveling Lincoln Way 1 2-3 10" 1 Click
4 Sept-Oct 1976 Antique Automobile The Trackless Trains of Harry O. McGee 26-30 N/A 33" 11 Click
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