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"Do not think of the Pennsylvania Railroad as a business enterprise. Think of it as a nation."
Forbes Mgazine, May 1936

"[The Penn Central] was not a merger, but a takeover."
— Alfred E. Perlman [1902-83], Vice Chairman of the Penn Central


          The Penn Central Railroad [1968-76] had a long genealogy, much like a human's 'family tree'. It was created by the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad [est. 1846] and the New York Central Railroad [est. 1831]; the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad [est. 1872] was added to the merger at the end of 1968. By 1970, the company had filed for what was, at that time, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Penn Central filed to abandon passenger service, other railroads followed suit, and Congress created Amtrak in 1971.

          Financial trouble continued and Penn Central was nationalized, essentially merged with six smaller failed railroads to form the Consolidated Rail Corporation ('Conrail') in April 1976. (Those six companies were the Ann Arbor Railroad [est. 1895], Erie Lackawanna Railway [merger 1960], Lehigh Valley Railroad [est. 1846], Reading Company [est. 1833], Central Railroad of New Jersey [est. 1839], and Lehigh & Hudson River Railway [est. 1882].) Conrail was split into C.S.X. and Norfolk Southern in June 1999.

Penn Central entry at Wikipedia
search books on keywords 'Penn Central' {returns 180+ titles} at Amazon


color Penn Central RR squiggle herald
Penn  Central  Railroad  [1968-1976]
New York Central RR history goes back to 1831; Pennsylvania RR history goes back to 1846; New York, New Haven & Hartford RR history goes back to 1872.
The February 1968 merger of NYC & PRR - and later the money-losing New Haven - was unsuccessful; the company filed for bankruptcy in June 1970.
Incompetence continued and the company was nationalized as ConRail in April 1976.

Penn Central RR entry at Wikipedia
Pennsylvania RR entry at Wikipedia
New York Central RR entry at Wikipedia
New York, New Haven & Hartford RR entry at Wikipedia

Penn Central Railroad Historical Society [est. 1999] is based in New Jersey
P.C.R.R.H.S. Convention [Sept 2017 = #12] in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania RR 'keystone' herald
Pennsylvania  Railroad  [1846-1968 merger]
Pennsylvania RR history goes back to 1846; merged with the New York Central RR and NYNH&H 'New Haven' RR in 1968,
forming the Penn Central RR, which became ConRail in April 1976.

Pennsylvania RR entry at Wikipedia
large size Pennsylvania RR system map, 1918 (in new window)
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society [est. 1968] based in Lewistown, PA

The only operable P.R.R. steam locomotive is class B4a engine #643, built in July 1901 in Altoona; it is maintained by volunteers of the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association outside of Harrisburg, and is operated several weekends each summer. P.R.R. voluntarily preserved a roundhouse full of representative steam locomotives at Northumberland, Pennsylvania in 1957 and kept them there for several decades; these locomotives are now at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
The exception is 1923 class I1sa 2-10-0 steam locomotive #4483 which is on outdoor display at Hamburg, New York.

                

"Visions of the Pennsylvania Railroad" [1992] by Ernest R. Varalli and Griff Teller
https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Pennsylvania-Railroad-Ernest-Varalli/dp/0916371115/
https://www.amazon.com/Visions-Pennsylvania-Railroad-Ernest-Varalli/dp/B001B11LS2/

"The Pennsylvania Railroad: An Illustrated Timeline" [10/2010] by Robert C. Jones
https://www.amazon.com/Pennsylvania-Railroad-Illustrated-Timeline/dp/1453895523/

Pennsylvania Railroad / Building an Empire book by Albert J. Churella   "The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1: Building An Empire, 1846-1917" [2012]
by Albert J. Churella
– Volume 2 is not yet published (2017)
Kindle Edition from Univ Pennsylvania Press [10/2012] for $43.99 {sic}
Univ Pennsylvania Press 11x9¼ hardcover [8/2012] for $74.98
Univ Pennsylvania Press 11x9¼ hardcover [8/2012] out of print/used
Pennsylvania Railroad Advertising Art 1859-1968 book by Chuck Blardone  "Pennsylvania Railroad Advertising Art, 1859-1968" [2013]
by Chuck Blardone, Overview by Chis Baer

P.R.R. Technical & Historical Society 9x6½ hardcover [8/2013] out of print/scarce
P.R.R. Technical & Historical Society 9x6½ hardcover [8/2013] out of print/scarce

"Pennsylvania Railroad Lines West Volume 3: Crestline To Chicago, 1960-1999" [2016] by Steve Hipes & David P. Oroszi
https://www.amazon.com/Pennsylvania-Railroad-Lines-West-Crestline/dp/193280434X/

vintage Pennsylvania RR Christmas poster         Pennsylvania RR system map, 1918 (thumb)         newspaper ad for the opening of Pennsylvania Station in New York City, 1910         interior of Pennsylvania Station in New York City, 1911


New York Central System oval herald
New  York  Central  Railroad  [1831-1968 merger]
New York Central RR history goes back to 1831; merged with the Pennsylvania RR and NYNH&H 'New Haven' RR in 1968,
forming the Penn Central RR, which became ConRail in April 1976.

New York Central RR entry at Wikipedia
New York Central System Historical Society [est. 1970]

The only two modern New York Central steam locomotives that escaped scrapping were 1) due to prior sale - 1940 class L3a 4-8-2 Mohawk #3001 is now at the National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, Indiana - and 2) to inadvertence - 1941 class L2d 4-8-2 Mohawk #2933 is now at the National Museum of Transport in St. Louis, Missouri. NYC's record-setting 1893 Empire State Express 4-4-0 steam locomotive #999 was retired in 1952 and donated to the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 1962, where it is currently on indoor display.

The National New York Central Railroad Museum is located in Elkhart, Indiana
watch 12/2011 N.Y.C.R.R. Museum visit video [2:46] at YouTube
watch Trainman's 10/2012 N.Y.C.R.R. Museum tour video [6:57] at YouTube

New York Central Lines Presents "The Flight of The Century: The Most Famous Train In The World" short film [1935]
watch movie [badly framed version 17:46] online at YouTube
slightly-better version at YouTube (in two parts): watch part 1 [8:31] watch part 2 [8:18]

New York Central System Presents "The Steam Locomotive" short film [1938]
b&w promotional film featuring Hudson-type locomotives, including #5226, #5235, #5238, #5252, #5262, #5281, #5302 & #5314
watch movie [18:46] online at YouTube

New York Central System Presents "The Freight Yard" short film [1940s]
b&w promotional film featuring the Dewitt Yard outside of Syracuse, New York
watch movie [24:44] online at YouTube

New York Central System Presents "The Railroad Signal" short film [1948]
watch movie [17:26] online at YouTube

New York Central System Presents "The Big Train" short film [1950s]
Produced & directed by Victor D. Solow, narration by Joe Julian
watch movie [25:10] online at YouTube

list of 26 popular New York Central RR short videos at YouTube
list of 69 popular 20th Century Limited & New York Central RR short videos at YouTube


old-fashion New York, New Haven & Hartford RR script herald       New York, New Haven & Hartford RR 'NH' herald from the 1950s
New York, New Haven & Hartford  Railroad  [1872-1969 merger]
New York, New Haven & Hartford RR history goes back to 1872; merged with the combined Pennsylvania RR and New York Central RR at the end of 1968,
forming Penn Central, which became ConRail in April 1976.

New York, New Haven & Hartford RR entry at Wikipedia

Related  Railroads

ConRail herald
Consolidated Rail Corporation ('Conrail')  [1976-1999]
Seven failed railroads were nationalized as ConRail in April 1976; split to CSX and Norfolk Southern in June 1999.
ConRail entry at Wikipedia

U.S.A. Shortline Railroads
American Short Line & Regional Railroad Assn. [est. 1913]
American Short Line & Regional Railroad Database
Trains Magazine's Regional & Short Line Railroad Directory
Norfolk Southern Railroad directory of shortlines (by state)
U.P. Railroad Shortline Railroad Profiles for the USA

Spirit of America's Shortline Railroads Page


Railroad  Moguls  &  Execs


Alfred E. Perlman [1902-83]
entry at Wikipedia
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad: hired 1936; chief engineer, 1941-48; general manager, 1948-52; executive vice-president, 1952-54
New York Central: president, 1954-58; chairman, 1958-68
Penn Central: president/CAO, 2/1968-6/1970
Western Pacific Railroad: president, 12/1970-12/1972 & chairman, 12/1970-6/1976


Robert Ralph Young [1897-1958]
entry at Wikipedia
Alleghany Corp. - railroad holding company which controlled the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, Pere Marquette RR, and other railroad properties, 1942-54
chairman of New York Central Railroad, 1954-58

Robert R. Young biography by Joseph Borkin  "Robert R. Young: The Populist of Wall Street" [1969]
biography by Joseph Borkin

Harper & Row 8½x6 hardcover [12/69] out of print/used


Books  About  Penn  Central,  et al
search books on keywords 'Penn Central' {returns 180+ titles} at Amazon

Atlas of North American Railroads book by Bill Yenne  "Atlas of North American Railroads" [orig 1996, rev 2005]
by Bill Yenne

The maps are organized by railroad, rather than by state, and go back
as far as 1831
M.B.I./Voyageur Press 11x9 hardcover [12/2005] for $25.86
Men Who Loved Trains book by Rush Loving Jr.  "The Men Who Loved Trains: The Story of Men Who Battled Greed To Save An Ailing Industry" [2006] by Rush Loving, Jr.
Former Fortune Magazine journalist reports on the changes in the American railroad industry over the prior 40 years, beginning with the lead-up to the Penn Central RR merger of 1968.
Kindle Edition from Indiana Univ Press [2006 edition] for $13.99
Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [4/2008] for $29.37
Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/2006] out of print/used
Historical Atlas of North American Railroads book by Derek Hayes  "Historical Atlas of The North American Railroad" [2010]
by Derek Hayes

includes over 400 old railroad maps, organized in roughly chronological order
Univ CA Press 13x9¾ hardcover [10/2010] for $26.37
Complete North American Train Travel Guide book by Jim Loomis  "All Aboard: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide"
[4th edition 2015] by Jim Loomis

Kindle Edition from Chicago Review Press [1/2015] for $9.99
Chicago Review Press 4th edition 8¾x5½ pb [1/2015] for $15.34
Tourist Trains Guidebook from Trains Magazine  "Tourist Trains Guidebook" [2007, rev 2017] from Trains Magazine
Describes 500 of the most popular train attractions, museums, and railroad
vacation destinations in the U.S. and Canada, with over 200 of the most
popular sites detailed in full-page reviews

Kalmbach Publng 6th edition 8¼x5½ pb [5/2017] for $15.63
Kalmbach Publng 5th edition 8¼x5½ pb [5/2015] for $15.63
                

"The Wreck of the Penn Central" [1971] by Joseph R. Daughen & Peter Binzen
https://www.amazon.com/Wreck-Penn-Central-Joseph-Daughen/dp/1893122085/
https://www.amazon.com/Wreck-Penn-Central-Joseph-Daughen/dp/0316095206/

"Riding the Pennsy to Ruin: A Wall Street Journal Chronicle of the Penn Central Debacle" [1971] by Michael Gartner
https://www.amazon.com/Riding-Pennsy-Ruin-Journal-Chronicle/dp/0871284715/

"No Way to Run A Railroad: The Untold Story of the Penn Central Crisis" [1981] by Stephen Salsbury
https://www.amazon.com/No-Way-Run-Railroad-Central/dp/B000Q6UVNY/
https://www.amazon.com/No-Way-Run-Railroad-Central/dp/0070544832/
https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Salsbury-Railroad-1981-11-16-Hardcover/dp/B014BGXGZ4/

"The Northeast Railroad Scene, Vol. 6: The Penn Central, A brief look before Conrail" [1985] by Bob Pennisi
https://www.amazon.com/Northeast-Railroad-Scene-Vol-Central/dp/B0006EO3CG/

"The Fallen Colossus" [8/2000] by Robert Sobel
https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Colossus-Robert-Sobel/dp/1893122883/
https://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Colossus-Central-Robert-Aug-2000/dp/B0140DEFAS/

Survival of the Penn Central Company book by Donald Prell  "The Untold Story of The Survival of The Penn Central Company"
free ebook [2003] by Donald B. Prell

online .PDF file [3/2014] download for FREE
The Railroad That Never Was / The South Pennsylvania Railroad book by Herbert H. Harwood, Jr.   "The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and The South Pennsylvania Railroad" [9/2010] by Herbert H. Harwood, Jr.
Kindle Edition from Indiana Univ Press [9/2010] for $34.99 {sic}
Indiana Univ Press 10x7 pb [9/2015] for $28.38
Indiana Univ Press 10x7 hardcover [9/2010] for $26.54


Movies,  Other  Media
somebody credits [] at Internet Movie Database


Museums  and  Equipment

Association of Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums [est. 1961]
list of railroad museums & tourist lines at Wikipedia

Great Railroad Museums of the USA book by Jan Young  "Great Railroad Museums of The U.S.A.: The Railfan's Guide" [2013]
by Jan Young

Details of the 'sixty-seven largest, most interesting, and most important railroad
museums in the country'; special index listing 160+ especially-interesting cars &
locomotives (with locations); ninety photographs; and bonus chapters on the six
best museum rail rides in the country, and nineteen significant rail preservation
sites outside of traditional railroad museums.

LULU.com 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $20.66
LULU.com 'in color' edition 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $66.89

G.E. Nordell's Travel U.S.A. / Railroad Museums Page

New York Central 4-6-4 Hudson steam locomotive
New York Central class L 4-8-2 Mohawk steam locomotive
New York Central 4-8-4 Niagara steam locomotive

P.R.R. T1 class duplex-drive 4-4-4-4 steam locomotive
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Railroad_class_T1
P.R.R. Sharknose diesel locomotive

                

"Penn Central Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment" [1998] by James Kinkaid
https://www.amazon.com/Central-Color-Freight-Passenger-Equipment/dp/187888784X/

"Penn Central Power" [Dec 1987] by Robert J. Yanosey
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Power-Robert-Yanosey/dp/0961905808/
https://www.amazon.com/Central-Power-Robert-Yanosey-1987-12-03/dp/B01FIXR402/
Penn Central Power in Color, Volume 2: 4000-5399 Passenger Cab Units, Electrics, Roadswitchers" [2013] by Robert J. Yanosey
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Power-Color-Vol/dp/1582483973/
Penn Central Power in Color, Volume 3: 6000-7499" [2014] by Robert J. Yanosey
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Power-Color-Vol/dp/1582484031/
Penn Central Power in Color, Volume 4: 7500-9999" [2014] by Robert J. Yanosey
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Power-Color-Vol/dp/1582484066/

"Penn Central Railroad (Railroad Color History)" [6/2004] by Peter E. Lynch
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Railroad-Color-History/dp/0760317631/

"Penn Central In Color, Volume 1: Operations in Western New England and Upstate New York" [2008] by Jeremy F. Plant
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Color-Vol-Operations/dp/158248242X/
Penn Central In Color, Volume 2: Along the Eastern Seaboard, Boston to Philadelphia" [2009] by Jeremy F. Plant
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Color-Vol-Philadelphia/dp/1582482594/
Penn Central In Color, Volume 3: From the Potomac to the Alleghenies" [2010] by Jeremy F. Plant
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Color-Vol-Alleghenies/dp/158248287X/
Penn Central in Color, Volume 4: West of the Alleghenies" [2010] by Jeremy F. Plant
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Central-Color-Vol-Alleghenies/dp/1582483108/

Image  Gallery  and  Railroad  Art

world famous Horseshoe Curve [built 1854] at Altoona, Pennsylvania  click here for photograph (in a new window)
official website entry at Wikipedia

turntable at Juniata Shops at Altoona Works, 1996 (Conrail era)        turntable at Juniata Shops at Altoona Works, 2014 (Norfolk Southern era)        World War II-era 'Here's A War Job For You' recruitment poster        tracks a-plenty!

New York Central RR illustrator Leslie Darrell Ragan [1897-1972]
http://www.iridetheharlemline.com/2010/04/30/friday%E2%80%99s-from-the-historical-archive-leslie-ragan-artist-of-the-new-york-central/

logo for Center for Railroad Photography & Art [est. 1997] in Madison, Wisconsin
INFO: manages a growing archive of nearly a quarter-million railroad images as a joint venture with the Special Collections section of the Lake Forest College Library  Center for Railroad Photography & Art [est. 1997] in Madison, Wisconsin
official website CRP&A's entry at Wikipedia

CRP&A's Railroad Heritage {dot} org® Web Portal For Significant Images of Railroading


Railroad  Links

Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. [est. 1921]          National Railway Historical Society [est. 1935]

May 10th is National Train Day in USA [est. 2008]
Federal Railroad Administration of U.S.D.O.T.
Wes Barris's Steam Locomotives website
Rails USA - rail site directory
Steam Locomotive [dot] info website & Lineside Legacy column
Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation [est. 2000]
GOLD STAR: large assortment of books, videos, collectibles, apparel, toys & puzzles, posters, scale model trains, and home decor - much of it branded for your favorite railroad  A-Trains mail-order [est. 1986] based in Greenwood (Indianapolis), Indiana

Classic Trains Magazine from Kalmback Publications
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Railway Age Magazine [est. 1856]
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Railroads  in  Fiction

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