1st QUARTER 2018: Fifty years ago the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad merged to form Penn Central, the largest railroad in the east and one of America’s busiest passenger carriers. El Simon reviews what PC passenger service was like at the time of the merger, while Thornton Waite takes us back to the final years of New Haven night trains with a look back at the New York-Boston Owl. Meanwhile, Marc Glucksman reviews the new Siemens SC-series diesels appearing on passenger trains across the country and we take a look at the debut of Florida’s new Brightline service. All this and more in the 2018-1 issue of Passenger Train Journal!
Penn Central’s managers believed that passenger service west of both Buffalo, N.Y., and Harrisburg, Pa., were financially hopeless cases. Most surviving trains either offered no amenities or provided minimal food service from snack bars.
For three and a half years, Seaboard Coast Line passenger trains continued the tradition of its predecessor railroads in providing excellent service from the Midwest and Southeast to southern Florida, despite dark times in the industry during the late 1960s.