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The New York Central System was one of the greatest railways of the 20th Century. Home of the Great Steel Fleet of passenger trains including the well known 20th Century Limited and Empire State Express. Known as The Water Level Route, it served customers between New York/Boston and Chicago, as well as many other cities in the Eastern United States. It included the Boston & Albany, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Peoria & Eastern, Big Four, Michigan Central, among others, as well as its Canadian divisions through Southern Ontario.
 

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   Milk Trains of the New York Central Preview Go
Important milk trains on the NY Central started in upstate New York and wound their way to New York City (mostly West Side Freight Line. Others connected with the Rutland Railroad and came down the Harlem Division to New York City. More came off the Catskill Mountain Branch and West Shore.
   Robert Young and the New York Central Railroad Preview Go
Robert Young. The New York Central Railroad. Some of the most fascinating railroad literature of the 1940's are transcripts of this unusual man's testimony before the Interstate Commerce Commission. At year-end 1943, New York Central closed at 18 , which meant Delaware and Hudson Railroad had an investment of $5,711,250.
   Big 4 Bridge: Jeffersonville to Louisville Preview Go
The Big Four Bridge fell into disuse after the Big Four Railroad's parent company, the New York Central Railroad, was merged into the Penn Central in 1968. The Big Four Bridge's former traffic was then routed over Louisville's Fourteenth Street Bridge. By 1969 both approach spans had been removed and sold for scrap. As a result, the Big Four Bridge became the first Louisville bridge to fall out of use, and gained the nickname 'Bridge That Goes Nowhere'. Now it is on its way back as a pedestrian and bike bridge.


   New York Central Railroad Stations Preview Go
All the great train stations of the New York Central System. Grand Central Terminal, Buffalo Central Terminal, Utica Union Station, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Harmon, Beacon, Oneonta, Saranac Lake, Malone, and others. Even some not owned by NY Central but a destination for Central trains: like Montreal.
   The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Preview Go
In the early 1870's, the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad had been built from Oswego all the way along the shore of Lake Ontario to the Niagara River (Suspension Bridge). It bypassed Rochester, had no manufacturing industries and was too close to the New York Central. The Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg bought it. Then the RWO was acquired by the NY Central.
   New York Central Lines Magazine Preview Go
A most interesting period in the history of the New York Central (1919-1931) was well-chronicled in its in-house magazine. An article in "Transportation World" provides an historical sketch of the New York Central. George H. Daniels was the road's General Passenger Agent for many years and ranks as one of the greats of American advertising.
   The 20th Century Limited plus more fast passenger Preview Go
Before the world of passenger trains collapsed in the 1950's, the New York Central was one of the nation's premier passenger railroads. Its 10,000 miles reached from Boston to St. Louis, but its heart was the four-track mainline from New York City to Buffalo. During the 1920's, 37 name trains traveled the "Water Level" mainline. This huge mass of trains was sometimes referred to as the "Great Steel Fleet".
   Railroads from Albany to Connecticut Preview Go
Railroads through the region East of the Hudson from Albany to Connecticut. Includes the rail junction of Chatham (New York Central, Boston & Albany and Rutland ) and the New York Central Harlem Division.
   NY Central Branch from DeKalk Junction to Ogdensburg Preview Go
In 1861, the Potsdam & Watertown line merged into the Watertown&Rome, the name of the new railroad was changed to Rome, Watertown&Ogdensburg, and a 19-mile line built from DeKalb Junction to Ogdensburg. Once it was important; now it is gone.
   West Side Rail Freight Line into Manhattan Preview Go
Now abandoned and turning into a walkway called the High Line. History of New York City's West Side Freight Line.Begun in 1846, the New York Central's West Side Freight Line was the only freight railroad directly into Manhattan.






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