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PC: Update and rememberance

Hey everyone,

After five weeks of neglect, I finally got around to updating the
Penn Central Railroad Home Page. The Information Exchange and Sightings
pages have been updated, so if you sent me any e-mail for those two
pages, they should be posted. In addition, new material is on the
Model Railroad Info and News and Miscellaneous pages. All of these
pages are in the Library on the web site.

Also, I am slowly cleaning out my backlog of images to get posted.
Today I added some new photos to the New Haven Region and Eastern
Region Photo Galleries. I still have a few dozen images in the queue
still, so if you sent me material and haven't seen it yet, don't fret,
you will.

As always, contributions to the web site are welcome. Without the
generous contributions of various photographers and other net
citizens, there would be no PC web site, and for this I am grateful.

Lastly: Remember that tomorrow, Sunday, February 1, marks the
thirtieth anniversary of the merger of the Pennsylvania and New York
Central railroads to form the Penn Central. It's a day that the PRR
and NYC fans hate, and it marked the beginning of a journey that saw
the mangled merger of two of the largest railroads in the U.S.,
followed by bankrupcy, government intervention, and finally, Conrail.

But despite all that went wrong in the eight years that followed that
day, there was still a lot of history being made and a lot of
interesting railroading going on, much of which is gone forever. Never
again will trains run on many lines of the former PC system, nor will
most of the locomotives that were running during that time ever be
seen again. There are no more GG-1s or E44s pulling tonnage on the
Corridor, no more SD45s pushing freights over Horse Shoe Curve, no
more F-units running transfer jobs around Cleveland, no more black
E-units pulling passenger trains out of Chicago Union Station or
down the Hudson River, no more six-axle Centuries pulling ore trains
to Youngstown or Pittsburgh. And in a few more months, even PC's
successor, Conrail, will fade in history......


Jerry W. Jordak               The boxcars and flatbeds, whistle blowin' steam
mailto:jer@smellycat.com      That was yesterday
http://prozac.cwru.edu/jer/   Now those big trains don't come anymore
Acts 16:31   <><                  -- Restless Heart, "Big Iron Horses"

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