NYCRRson wrote: ↑Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:47 pm Bergen Hill was the steepest grade on the NYCRR mainline between Albany and Chicago. It was steeper than any grades on the Erie or DL&W mainlines.
I used to hear this from time to time from NYC guys, and it is total BS. We used to call them spoiled flatlanders. Sorry to disappoint, but Bergen hill (actually just east of Batavia) is only .89% ruling (and there are no serious curves in the hill either). Erie is 1.15% out of Attica, 1.21% ruling EB and 1.02% ruling WB up Gulf Summit (with curves over 5 degrees both directions), the Meadville Line is 1.42% ruling between Hornell and TipTop, and with all the curves Summit is just as big a pull (both ways) as Bergen hill. I don't have all the DLW sheets handy but IIRC Dansville hill was maybe around 1.1%, and WB to Pocono Summit is 1.52%, 1.48% ruling from Scranton to Nay Aug and 1.32% ruling Nay Aug to Lehigh.