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Many transportation companies worked hard to make getting to the Fair easy for visitors. Representatives from companies including the Wabash Railroad spent time in St. Louis working on equipment, scheduling and services.
The Frisco System rail company provided drawing-room and observation sleeping cars along with cafe dining services to make the thirty-six hour trip from Galveston, Texas to St. Louis as enjoyable as possible. Similar accommodations and services were provided to riders from other parts of Texas, the Indian Territory, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.
Many rail travelers arrived at Union Station and then used local cabs or streetcars to reach the Fair or their hotel. Some of these streetcars were really small trains with ten cars with each seating 100 people and running one minute apart.
After reaching the Fairgrounds entrance, travelers deposited fifty cents in the new automatic turnstile. Then many jumped aboard the Intramural Railway, the electric streetcar that ran on nine miles of rail around the entire perimeter of the Fairgrounds.