The New York Times featured this little article with the back story to the beginnings of the Hamburger Train. My dad maintained that love of model trains for many years that grandpa started for him at age 2 as the story mentions. I had a model train too. Article courtesy of Michael Perlman.
The front window of the Hamburger Train at 96-58 Queens Bl.
I think this menu is the one everybody remembers the most.
I remember this well, I can almost taste the burgers and egg creams!
Everybody chimed in to wish grandpa and grandma luck on the opening day!
My most vivid memory of hanging out there was grandpa letting me run that train around the counter to deliver the plate to the customer. I was always nervous I was going to miss!
Opening Day Ledger
A proof from an article in the Ladies Home Journal about the Hamburger Train from 1958
Folks may remember we had a small chain with 3 locations; Rego Park, midtown and the Village. Not sure which this is but I think it may have been the midtown location.
My Grandma and Grandpa in the late 70s. They started the Hamburger Train in 1954.
Help wanted- "Soda- Griddle Man- must be experienced"!
Courtesy of Michael Perlman
Me, Grandpa and Dad c. 1980
Rego Park counter
Rego Park counter with the track rounding the bend
Rego Park from the inside looking out, front window.
Where the cooks would load the food on to the track.
As I recall the controls for the train were under the counter on this side. :)
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