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Old 04-27-2014, 07:45 PM
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My couple meets on a train but he is a tycoon who usually rides by request in a private car, and her overprotective father got her a private car ticket since she's riding alone. So my question is was it possible in the old days that private cars be shared with someone you didn't know?

Also here's how the dialogue goes between my character and the stewardess :

"I asked for a Private car." He snapped
"I'm so sorry sir, but we're about to pull off. I can let the captain know of the mishap, and when we come to our destination we can figure it out then."Said the Stewardess

How does that sound? Sound like what a stewardess would say in response?

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In the US, Private cars were usually referred to as Business cars. These were indeed private. You only rode in them as a guest of the car's owner. In the US, passengers could get a compartment which slept one, or two people. I'm assuming the train travel takes place in the late 1800 or after.

Also, when exactly is the train trip? Women did not work on passenger trains until Amtrak was created. The passenger trains had Porters, which were all men and predominantly African-American. Even today, the women are not referred to as a Stewardess.

Let me know if this helps. I have a feeling you will have more questions
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