Great History from Mark Tomlonson


Highlights of Marc Tomlonson’s great days in NY Central History.

July 5, 1915 The New York Central sells the Nickel Plate to the van Swearingen brothers. NYC fears that because much of NKP’s track parallels NYC’s, NYC could be liable for prosecution under anti-trust laws. Read a great story on the Van Swearingen Brothers.

July 3, 1948 The New York Central issues a report that only 20 per cent of its long-distance passenger trains are diesel powered, but the number is expected to rise to 50% by year’s end. By August 1953, steam was out of Lines East. NY Central moved fast. May 2, 1957 Last steam locomotive operates on the New York Central as 2-8-2 Class H -7a 1977 drops its fires at Riverside Yard in Cincinnati.

June 30, 1908 Last day steam trains could legally operate south of the Harlem River in New York City.

July 1, 1900 The New York Central & Hudson River Railroad leases the Boston & Albany for 99 years. Within 99 years, both were gone.

July 1, 1958 The New York Central withdraws from The Pullman Company and begins staffing its own passenger trains.

June 29, 1956 From his bed in Walter Reed Army Hospital, President Eisenhower signs the legislation creating the Interstate Highway System, 90% of the cost to be paid by the Federal government. The creation of this high-speed road network will profoundly change the shape of America, including the demise of intercity passenger traffic and less than car load and other types of freight on the nation’s railroads. Anybody remember anything Ike did for railroads?

June 27, 1960 Demolition of the Grand Central Terminal office building begins to allow construction of the Pan Am Building. Both NY Central ad Pan Am are gone……Grand Central remains.

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