2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

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2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

Post by Franklin Gowen »

Fifty (!!!) years ago yesterday - February 1, 1968 - was the first 24 hours of the Penn Central.
"What a long, strange trip it's been." :wink:
Hard, indeed, to believe that PRR has now been gone for a full half-century.
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Re: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

Post by D Alex »

Yes, the single event that started the cascade of northeast railroad failures.....

Similar to the assassination of the Archduke in 1914..

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Re: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

Post by Allen Hazen »

And last May was the 40th anniversary of Conrail.
(For WW I analogies… was Chessie System's refusal to take over the Erie similar to American isolationists' refusal to join the League of Nations?)

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Re: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

Post by NYCRRson »

I'm pretty sure Conrail Startup Day was April 1st 1976 ?

Everybody got a big hoot out of starting up on April Fool's day.

So that would be 42 years ago this coming April 1st.

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Re: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

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True--Penn Central was February, Conrail was April, and Amtrak was May of their respective years.

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Re: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

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Allen Hazen wrote:And last May was the 40th anniversary of Conrail.
(For WW I analogies… was Chessie System's refusal to take over the Erie similar to American isolationists' refusal to join the League of Nations?)
Except that the shoes were on opposite feet: the U. S. refused to join the League, but it was Chessie which declined to accept the EL into the "family"--although I believe the EL employees themselves were very much against it. (There was reportedly a signal bungalow, I believe in Binghamton, which had an anti-Chessie message on it that probably cannot be quoted on a family website, if that's what this is.)

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