OK, wait...so Riverdale has an express train to New York City? Riverdale??
Now, Riverdale's "true location" has always been shadowed in mystery and riddle. Clearly, continuity's not Archie's bag, but "canonical" sources have placed it anywhere from Massachusetts to Mississippi to Iowa to California. For what it's worth, one story has Riverdale High taking a field trip to the Gulf Of Mexico. Once an editor, when asked where Riverdale was, opined,
Riverdale is more of a state of mind than an actual physical location. It could be anywhere that kind people live and just have fun, like Archie and his friends. It could be in the Midwest, or along the Eastern Seaboard, or even a town in Canada, Mexico, or England.
Yeah, right. Me, I think it's just sent inside a holodeck, part of some Marvelman-like psychological experiment on a bunch of kidnapped teens (who are now doubtless in the 90s...)
Still, we can't say for certain that Riverdale isn't somewhat close to the Big Apple, justifying an express train.
I'm still doubting, though...
From Archie Annual Digest #29 (1976-1977). Yes, I spent time scanning and uploading a whole lotta panels that weren't really relevant just so I could discuss the hypothetical geography of a fictional comic book universe, and make a lame joke about Amtrak. My life--whatta waste...