Back in the early to mid 1980s when the Pennsylvanian was new the train was even shorter:
Two Amfleet cars - a Coach and a Amcafe car - along with an F40PH was the consist.
The train - and its daily ridership - has grown considerably over time.
For a time - instead of overnighting in PGH - the consist ran back to Altoona as the "Fort Pitt".
ALT-PGH west AM, east PM and was serviced overnight at Altoona. This service operated from
April 24,1981 to January 30,1983. The service ended when Penndot funding was discontinued.
Conrail was also not enthusiastic about these added runs and turns which did not help matters.
During 1981 there was a commuter train that ran between Pittsburgh and Greensburg that was
titled the "Parkway Limited". This train was operated by Conrail using leased cars from Amtrak
which were heritage coaches. Penndot funded these runs during reconstruction of I-376 Penn
Lincoln Parkway in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs. The train was discontinued when its funding
ended and again Conrail was not then open to operating PGH commuter trains.
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To this day - in particular after the ending of the "Broadway Limited" and the "Three Rivers"
it still surprises me that this important rail route has just one train each way per day HAR-PGH.
This route can support at least one more frequency or two perhaps if things can be worked out
with Norfolk Southern and if Penndot - and maybe even some local counties or other authorities
are willing to fund added train service. The population potential for support on the route is there.
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS