Category Archives: New York Central

Merry Xmas from New York Central

These four wintry scenes are reproduced from a Pittsburgh and Lake Erie postcard book of Howard Fogg paintings commissioned by the railroad. The bottom scene is the P&LE building and terminal in Pittsburgh.

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Chicago to Cleveland or Pittsburgh: 5 railroad routes until the 1950s

As I left Chicago recently on Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, riding over former New York Central rails toward Cleveland on almost the same schedule as New York Central’s Lake Shore Limited, I ate dinner in the diner and then lay in … Continue reading

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This book of more than 40 Howard Fogg paintings on detachable postcards was published by New York Central July 1, 1964 and shows a cover price of $2.00.

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New York Central Christmas ad, Milwuakee Road snowbound, and the California Zephyr on a New Year’s Day

Wishing each of you happy holidays and safe travels. The ad above appeared in a National Geographic magazine. The Milwaukee Journal photo below was taken during the blizzard of January 29, 1947. The photo is reproduced here from the book … Continue reading

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New York Central dining car ad from National Geographic magazine

I remember having chicken in the diner on the James Whitcomb Riley and asking my aunt why they served the water in bowls. I’d never seen a finger bowl before.  

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New York Central Empire State Express streamlined Hudson, 1941, and a P-motor

Photo form Audio Visual Designs post card. Caption explains that the Hudson, built in 1937, was streamlined in 1941 to match stainless steel streamlined equipment for the Empire State Express. Below a P-motor with a commuter train, New York City. … Continue reading

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New York Centrail James Whitcomb Riley, menu and photos

The two NYC photos below,  of a circular bar in a lounge car on the Riley and of an observation car, are reproduced here from Beebe & Clegg, The Trains We Rode. I rode the Riley twice, first in 1963, connecting from the Challenger … Continue reading

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New York Central, Pennsylvania Broadway Limited, and Budd RDC car ads from the National Geographic

I I have 50 or so ads scissored out of a junior-high pal’s father’s National Geograhics collection (you can imagine how happy his father was when he found out what his son had done). Because of how I came into … Continue reading

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