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Katie Holmes looks red-carpet ready as she boards NYC train in a ballgown

The average commuter filing through the always-busy Penn Station doesn't exactly dress for the train-taking occasion. But Katie Holmes isn't the average commuter.

On Thursday, the actress posted a photo to Instagram that shows her traveling in style.

Holmes is seen sporting a floor-length brocade ballgown in a bright crimson shade as she prepares to step aboard.

Heels and a train...nothing better #newyork #pennstation

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"Heels and a train ... nothing better #newyork #pennstation," she wrote in the caption accompanying the shot, offering no other explanation for her red-carpet ready look.

But Entertainment Tonight has a theory about it, claiming that the actress actually posed for the shot last year as part of a photo shoot for a magazine.

No matter when the photo was taken, it's a timeless look for the star.

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