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Liberia History of Railroads The Blue Train $5 2011 Colored Proof Silver Crown COA

This proof legal-tender silver coin was minted under authority of the Government of Liberia from 20 grams of .999 fine silver and has a diameter of 38.6 millimeters. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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The Blue Train travels an approximately 990 mile journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. It is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. It boasts butler service, two lounge cars (smoking and non-smoking), an observation car, and carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, in soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments, each featuring its own en-suite (many of which are equipped with a full-sized bathtub). The service is promoted as a"magnificent moving five-star hotel" by its operators, who note that kings and presidents have travelled on it. The Blue Train's origins date back to the Union Limited and Union Express trains which began in 1923, taking passengers from Johannesburg to the ships departing from Cape Town to England. The Union Express introduced luxury features such as a dining saloon in 1933 and air-conditioned carriages in 1939. After a break in service in World War II the service returned in 1946. With the reintroduction of the train, the colloquial"blue train" moniker, a reference to the blue-painted steel carriages introduced in 1937, was formally adopted as the new name. In 1997 it was refurbished and re-launched.
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