Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Historic photo! Penn Central transfer caboose and crew at work. Columbus Ohio USA. May 1976.
This now historic mid 1970's era photo, comes to Eddie's Railfan Page from My links page Fallen Flags.Org to the right of Your computer screen.
Growing up in Chicago Myself during the 1960's and 70's era, I do recall seeing the Jade green cabooses from the Penn Central Railroad as well as the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad on the southside of the city.
The Penn Central was a short lived Class 1 railroad that existed from 1968 until 1976. The Penn Central was created from the 1968 merger of the finacially ill New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad. In the following year of 1969, the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad also joined the Penn Central through merger.
Unfortunately...the whole endeaver was a financial disaster, and the recently formed Penn Central Railroad was already bankrupt by 1970. The PC lingered on until the United States Govorment bought out the Penn Central, The Erie Lackawana, The Central Railroad of New Jersey, The Reading, and the Lehigh Valley Railroad companys to create Conrail in the year of 1976.
In this photo, the crew standing on the back platform of this transfer caboose, indicates that the freight train is making a back up movement.