• Which Foreign Road Trains Routing into New York Penn Station by the FRA?

  • Discussion relating to the PRR, up to 1968. Visit the PRR Technical & Historical Society for more information.
Discussion relating to the PRR, up to 1968. Visit the PRR Technical & Historical Society for more information.
  by CLamb
 
Which foreign road passenger trains were routed into New York Pennsylvania Station by the Federal Railroad Administration during the First World War? The only one I know of was the Royal Blue.
  by urr304
 
It was the US Railroad Administration that ordered the B&O trains routed into Penn Station in 1918. IIRC they were there until 1928 when rate was raised prohibitively high and B&O returned to New Jersey. Lehigh Valley through trains were routed into Penn Station a short time after B&O, but LV stayed until the end of their passenger service, in meantime PRR obtained almost complete control of LV. New Haven came in also with trains for PRR to continue. Long Island was there too, but they became a PRR subsidiary until 1950s.
  by ExCon90
 
The entry of the LIRR and NH to Penn Station was not the result of USRA action; PRR acquired the Long Island to gain access to what became Sunnyside Yard, and the whole purpose of building the Hell Gate Bridge was to give the PRR access to New England and was planned before USRA existed -- I think it was part of the planning for Penn Station.

On a related matter, I've never seen any information about where and by whom the B&O steam locomotives were serviced: did the PRR do it for them under contract in the Meadows where they did their own? I'm trying to picture jockeying a B&O locomotive from Manhattan Transfer to Communipaw (where servicing was done when the B&O used the CNJ) and back -- not even sure how they would have done it.
  by ExCon90
 
I tried a few years ago in the B&O forum but got no response; anyone who would have direct knowledge is long gone, and it's not the sort of detail you normally find in historical accounts. I'll just assume that the PRR did it under contract and didn't lose money on it. (Or maybe there was a General Managers' Agreement covering routine locomotive servicing for a foreign railroad?