Our whole economy is based on planned obsolescence […] We make good products, we induce people to buy them, and then next year we deliberately introduce something that will make those products old fashioned, out of date, obsolete.
— Brooks Stevens, American Industrial Designer (1960)
Amongst other American icons he designed the fabulous Skytop Lounge rail car. The Hiawatha trains, ran between the Twin Cities, in Minnesota and Chicago starting in 1948. Several are preserved :)