Railroad Cool News

Cover Photo is a Syracuse to Utica trolley waiting for a NY Central mainline passenger train in downtown Syracuse, New York.

Links to videos: 1 hr. 25 minute ride Southeast to Grand Central Terminal (old NY Central Harlem Line). Links to other videos covering the rest of Metro-North.

April 10, 1922 The plans for Cleveland Union Terminal are approved. The 52-storey Terminal Tower will be the tallest building west of New York.


 April 10, 1936 The Palomar observatory mirror arrives in Pasadena CA after a 16-day cross-country trip by rail.

April 6, 1958 The New York Central Railroad ends commuter service on the Putnam Division.

 April 6, 1962 The State of New York amends its constitution to allow the state to guarantee bonds for the purchase of new commuter equipment on the New York Central, Long Island and New Haven railroads.

April 4, 1910 An amendment to the Safety Appliance Act requires freight cars to be equipped with ladders, handholds and running boards.

March 30, 1952 The last freight delivered by an Indiana Public Service Company freight motor is made to the company’s Ft. Wayne power plant by motor 817. Future deliveries will be made by the New York Central.

 March 30, 1959 The New York Central agrees to pay the Illinois Central $5 million (2016: $41 million) for breaching its contract to have Michigan Central trains terminate at Central Station in Chicago. NYC has moved them to LaSalle Street station.

March 10, 1945 New York Central accepts its first 4-8-4 “Niagara”, #6000, at the Alco factory in Schenectady NY.



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