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From the ashes of the stock market crash of rose America's next obsession: streamlined, industrial design. Companies that made it through the financial crisis had to make their mark against the competition in order to stay afloat and often did so by beautifying everyday objects. Railroad companies were no exception, and they entered this aesthetically stunning era with sleek, futuristic streamliner trains. Streamliners were a class of luxury trains that were built throughout the s and s and designed for long-distance travel. Touted as the new standard for comfort in North American transportation, streamliners were likened to cruise ships on wheels.