railfan1988 wrote: Also, and I realize this may be slightly off-topic, but did Penn Central keep around a lot of the Pennsylvania Railroad freight cars as well?
Early on, Penn Central kept virtually *everything* from the PRR and the NYC..locomotives, freight cars, cabooses, everything.
Rolling stock and locomotives were gradually, slowly, replaced over time, but the only meaningful thing that changed in 1968 was the name of the railroad,
and two railroads becoming one..equipment did not change at all in an immediate sense.
same with Conrail in '76.
just because a new railroad is formed from a merger, doesn't mean all-new equipment arrives instantly!
it never does..
and in the 1960's and 70's mass-mergers, (Erie Lackawanna, Penn Central, Conrail, and many others)
the railroads were in such poor financial shape that they couldn't afford to buy new equipment immediately.
new locomotives and cars were phased in, and old ones phased out, slowly and gradually over time.
Penn Central of 1968 was pretty much 100% old NYC and PRR locos and equipment.
in 1970 they might have been 80% old and 20% new.
in 1972 70% old and 30% new.
by 1976, perhaps 50/50..
those percentages are just made up, and are just rough guesses, but you get the idea..