Track 3 - The Northeast
greatest concentration of
railroads in North America, the
Northeast was and remains the region with the broadest and most
comprehensive passenger service on the continent.
I cannot begin to do justice to the full breadth of operations in this
region. What you see here must regrettably be a mere taste of a
banquet too vast for any one man to devour completely. Still, I hope
that you can leave here with some sense of its flavor.
The Black DiamondThrough passenger service
between New York City and Buffalo operated by the Lehigh Valley, with
occasional connecting service to and from Philadelphia operated by
Black Diamond - December, 1940
The Capitol Limited
& Ohio's flagship train competed against the Pennsylvania in
the New York/Washington to Chicago market.
Capitol Limited -
Ambassador/The Columbian -
Capitol Limited - April, 1971
The Commodore Vanderbilt
The New York Central's backup train to the 20th Century
Limited. Originally all-Pullman like the Century;
later downgraded to coach-and-Pullman and eventually consolidated with
Vanderbilt/Advance Commodore Vanderbilt - May, 1948
The Pennsylvania's premier trains along the Northeast Corridor between
New York and Washington, DC.
- December, 1952
operated this pocket streamliner which provided premium amenities on
the quick run between New York (Jersey City) and Philadelphia.
The Crusader - September, 1938
The Erie Limited
The Erie Railroad's namesake flagship between New York and Chicago.
After the Lackawanna merger, would operate briefly as the Erie-Lackawanna
- March, 1951
Pennsylvania and the New Haven combined on this overnight train
connecting Boston and Washington, DC via New York.
Federal Express - September, 1938
The Federal - April,
The Flying YankeeA
pioneering streamliner, only the third one ever built, this three-car
articulated trainset served Boston and Portland & Bangor, Maine
over the B. & M. and Maine Central routes.
Flying Yankee - May, 1936
Pennsylvania Railroad's coach-and-Pullman backup to the Broadway
Limited between New York and Chicago could have qualified
as a premier
train on many other railroads.
- December, 1948
The General - June,
"Tubular Trains" would be the last hurrah for Pennsylvania's in-house
design department when they made their debut between New York and
Washington DC in 1956.
- July, 1956
The KnickerbockerNew York Central operated this service between New York/Boston and St. Louis via Buffalo and Cleveland.
The Knickerbocker - March, 1946
The Lake Cities
Erie Railroad operated this service which originally connected New York
(Jersey City) with the "Lake Cities" of Buffalo and Cleveland. In the
postwar years service was extended to
Chicago, with connections at Youngstown for Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Lake Cities - September, 1938
- July 1956
The Pennsylvania Railroad's flagship
on the Washington to Chicago run.
Liberty Limited -
- April, 1955
The Manhattan Limited and the Pennsylvania LimitedThese
trains provided Pennsy's third-string service between New York and
Chicago, stopping at several smaller towns which their premium
stablemates passed by. They would endure until the eve of Amtrak.
Manhattan Limited/Pennsylvania Limited - April, 1971
The Merchants Limited
New Haven's crack train between New York (Grand Central Terminal) and
Boston was the last all-parlor-car train in North America, retaining
its exclusive all-first-class status until mid-1949.
Limited, February 1933
Limited, March 1949
experimental high-speed trains, the first U.S. trains to achieve 125
miles per hour in revenue service, served on the Penn Central's
Northeast Corridor between New York and Washington.
Metroliners - February, 1970
The Metroliners - April, 1971
Baltimore & Ohio's entry between
New York/Washington and St. Louis, via Cincinnati.
Limited - June, 1941
The New England States
New York Central's crack through train between Chicago and Boston, via
Albany and Buffalo.
States - March, 1951
The Penn Texas
by the Pennsylvania to serve as the connecting link between New York
and trains to Texas and the southwest via St. Louis.
- December, 1948
to mighty New York Central in the New York to Buffalo market. Later
extended by successor Erie Lackawanna through to Chicago.
Phoebe Snow - July
Phoebe Snow -
Bangor and Aroostook's oddly named
local made every stop between Bangor
and Van Buren, Maine.
- July, 1954
The Royal Blue/The
Baltimore & Ohio's
daytime streamliner service between New York (Jersey City) and
Blue/Columbian - September, 1938
Pennsylvania Railroad's secondary train in the St. Louis to New York
St. Louisan - July,
crack daytime express service along the Northeast Corridor between
Boston and Washington, operated by the Pennsylvania and the New Haven.
- April, 1955
The "Spirit of St. Louis"
Pennsylvania's premium service between New York/Washington and St.
Louis. All-Pullman for most of its life and teamed with the Jeffersonian
which provided premium coach service on nearly the same schedule.
of St. Louis"/The Jeffersonian - May,
The Trail BlazerThe Pennsylvania Railroad's premium all-coach train between New York and Chicago.
The Trail Blazer - March, 1946
Through trains between New York (Hoboken, NJ) and Chicago by the Nickel
New Yorker - September, 1960
service between Chicago/Detroit and New York City via the
Windsor/Buffalo corridor, operated by the New York Central and its
affiliate Michigan Central.
- August, 1950
The George Washington
and the Broadway
Track 12: Long Island Rail Road/The Cannonball
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