Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NYC '55

NYC '55, originally uploaded by William 74.

The New York Central was one of the major railroads of the northeastern United States, and had lines as far west as Chicago. It is probably best known for Grand Central Terminal in New York City, which is probably one of the best known train stations in the world.

In 1968 the NYC merged with arch rival Pennsylvania Railroad to form Penn Central. PC went bankrupt and was rolled into Conrail in the seventies, and Conrail was broken up in the late 90's. What remained was split between Norfolk Southern and CSX.

Not much old NYC stuff is still around in either system. Occasionally I'll see an old NYC car in a mixed freight-this battered gondola has a particularly poetic reporting mark and number.

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