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Penn Central Passenger Trains
The three biggest passenger carriers - Pennsylvania, New York Central, and New Haven - merged to create the ill-fated Penn Central, whose passenger losses and poor service led to the formation of Amtrak and state-owned commuter lines.
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Photo ID: 755445

A trio of Penn Central E-units led by an ex-PRR E8 accelerate past Bank Tower in Red Bank, NJ, with an evening commuter run. Conrail was the operator of the train but it had yet to make much of a ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: E-44
Location: Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Locomotive #: PC 4257
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: September, 1976


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Added: Nov 27, 2020

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Photo ID: 738229

A former New Haven GP9 leads a Penn Central equipment draft across the Fort Point Channel drawbridge at the throat of Boston's South Station. The coaches are ex-NH "American Flyer" cars.... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 6725
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: May, 1972


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Jun 03, 2020

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Photo ID: 733071

A Penn Central Boston-Washington train rolls through the big cut at Groton, CT, behind a pair of ex-PRR E8s, which by the summer of 1969 had taken over the ex-NH Shore Line from FL9s. This cut was... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Groton, Connecticut, USA
Locomotive #: PC 4253
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1969


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Apr 17, 2020

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Photo ID: 731990

As seen from the now-closed 138th Street station in the Bronx, a Penn Central Harlem Line train bound from Grand Central to Brewster crosses the big bridge over the Harlem River. A pair of ex-NH F... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD FL9
Location: Bronx, New York, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5003
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August 02, 1969


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Apr 09, 2020

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Photo ID: 716265

One of Amtrak's first state-supported trains was the Bay State, providing service from Boston to Washington via Springfield and Hartford (the "Inland Route"). Starting up two weeks after... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 7548
Train ID: the Bay State
Photo Date: April, 1972


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Nov 14, 2019

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Photo ID: 715460

In Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Penn Central's CHICK Tower, formerly New Haven RR tower SS185, stood behind Northeastern University in what is now the general area of the MBTA's Ruggles station... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 7549
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: May, 1972


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Nov 06, 2019

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Photo ID: 715459

A minimally repainted ex-NYC RS3 leads a Penn Central commuter train that's just out of South Station and bound for Framingham as it approaches Boston's Back Bay Station. E8s and RS3s were the usu... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Alco RS-3
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5530
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: May, 1970


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Nov 06, 2019

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Photo ID: 715279

E8-powered Penn Central train #16, the Duquesne running from Pittsburgh to New York, overtakes an eastbound coal train with rear end helpers on the climb between Cresson and Gallitzen, PA.

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Cresson, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: PC 4308
Train ID: #16, the Duquesne
Photo Date: June 20, 1970


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Nov 04, 2019

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Photo ID: 712201

The Pennsylvania Railroad once rostered over 500 MP-54 class MUs, a design dating to 1915, but by 1971 newer equipment was coming on line to replace them. This set of owl-eyed MP-54s running as a ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: MP-54 MU
Location: Iselin, New Jersey, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: April 10, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Oct 07, 2019

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Photo ID: 710859

Less than two weeks before the coming of Amtrak would put it out of its misery, Penn Central train 427 rolls west through Wellesley, MA, on the former Boston & Albany. A single E8 and a snack bar ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 4052
Train ID: #427
Photo Date: April 19, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Sep 24, 2019

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Photo ID: 710069

The crossing watchman has lowered the manual gates for former New York Central RS-3 5527 and its rush hour train at Needham Center, MA, on an August 1971 evening, Because the ex-New Haven Needham ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Alco RS-3
Location: Needham, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5527
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Sep 16, 2019

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Photo ID: 710068

The setting could be the Adirondack branch in upstate New York, but it's the Needham line in suburban Boston, where a former New York Central RS-3 burbles towards Needham Junction with an evening ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Alco RS-3
Location: Needham, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5527
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August, 1971


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Sep 16, 2019

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Photo ID: 707650

A consist of mostly ex-PRR equipment follows ex-PRR E8 4261 to make up Penn Central Boston-Washington train 175, the Patriot, westbound at Mystic, CT, on a summer afternoon.

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Mystic, Connecticut, USA
Locomotive #: PC 4261
Train ID: #175, the Patriot
Photo Date: July 18, 1970


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Aug 23, 2019

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Photo ID: 705621

In the summer before Amtrak, a westbound Penn Central train out of Boston approaches the station at Mystic, CT. All three PC components are represented in the consist of an ex-PRR E8, and ex-NYC b... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Mystic, Connecticut, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: corridor
Photo Date: July 18, 1970


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Aug 03, 2019

Views: 2,107
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Photo ID: 704302

A solo Penn Central RDC covering a midday branchline run between Boston and Needham Heights, MA, pauses at Needham Junction, in former New Haven territory. The operator has set the lower quadrant ... (more)

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: Budd RDC
Location: Needham Junction, Massachusetts, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: March, 1972


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Jul 22, 2019

Views: 1,566
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