Category: penn central

Westbound train passing thru New Brunswick …

Westbound train passing thru New Brunswick

May 01, 1971

It’s the night before Amtrak, and Penn…

It’s the night before Amtrak, and Penn Central train #8, the New York-Boston Merchants Limited, has completed its final run under private operation as it stands at the bumper in Boston’s South Station. This was once the New Haven Railroad’s premier train on the route, and its next run will be under Amtrak. The locomotive is an ex-PRR E8.

April 30, 1971

Penn Central’s FederalWestbound before depar…

Penn Central’s Federal
Westbound before departure at Boston South Station, April 30, 1971; photo by Tom Nelligan

This is what’s left of the former PRR&…

This is what’s left of the former PRR’s “Admiral”

Chicago, IL

April 30, 1971

Penn Central’s Buffalo Day Express remnantEa…

Penn Central’s Buffalo Day Express remnant
Eastbound at Rockville, Pa., April 30, 1971; photo by Ken Murry

Amtrak – Washington, DC by d.w.davidson Via…

Amtrak - Washington, DC

Amtrak – Washington, DC by d.w.davidson

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In this view at Washington Union Station, Amtrak SDP40Fs have arrived with the Silver Star and will be exchanged for a GG1 for the remainder of the trip to New York City. Meanwhile, Washington Terminal Alcos switch out a Metroliner cab car and head end equipment. August 1974.

Amtrak’s southbound Vacationer crosses…

Amtrak’s southbound Vacationer crosses the diamond with the Gross cutoff and sails past the Callahan depot behind a former ACL E8.

4/1/1973

Northbound Silver Star crossing the Susqueha…

Northbound Silver Star crossing the Susquehanna River on the Penn Central (former Pennsylvania R.R.) behind a mighty GG1 electric engine at 90 MPH, July, 1968

rn3-402crs by George Hamlin Via Flickr: P…

rn3-402crs

rn3-402crs by George Hamlin

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Penn Central number 90, the “South Wind” at Jeffersonville, Indiana, just north of Louisville, in July 5, 1968.

The “South Wind” began as an all-coach Budd streamliner with a single, purpose-built set of equipment, culminating in a round-end observation car. Unlike most Budd stainless-steel cars, the equipment was painted in the signature color of the Pennsylvania Railroad–Tuscan Red.

Since there was only one set of equipment, the “Wind” ran every third day in each direction, alternating with the “City of Miami” (originating at Chicago on the Illinois Central) and the “Dixie Flagler (originating on the Chicago & Eastern Illinois) to provide daily service between Chicago and points in Florida.

By the time of this photo, the "South Wind”, like its compatriots/competitors, had become a ‘conventional’ coach/sleeper train; and since the demise of both the “Flagler” and the “Dixie Flyer” on the C&EI route, both the “Wind” and the “City of Miami” now run every other day.

Today’s consist is more reminiscent of early Amtrak operations (three years in the future, at this point), with an Atlantic Coast Line baggage car followed by several stainless sleepers, from the ACL and its successor the Seaboard Coast Line; a Pennsy modernized heavyweight diner; a former New York Central 6 bedroom sleeper-lounge; and a pair of L&N streamlined coaches built in the mid-1950s. No observation car is present.

rn3-400crs by George Hamlin Via Flickr: E…

rn3-400crs

rn3-400crs by George Hamlin

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Early Penn Central-era “South Wind” passing Boyd tower at Jeffersonville, Indiana, just north of Louisville. Note the red/white “worms” in the PC emblem on the second unit. 

July 5, 1968