Category: New York Central: Historic
Tag: George Featherstonaugh
Tag: Erastus Corning
Tag: George H. Daniels
Tag: Cornelius Vanderbilt
(May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877)
Tag: William H. Vanderbilt
(May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885)
Category: New York Central: Modern
Tag: Robert Young
Tag: Jacob Bachtold
Tag: P.E. Crowley
died. He had been president of the New York Central from 1924 to 1931. During his tenure, the New York Central Building in New York City was built, The Castleton Cutoff was completed. He built the Buffalo Central Terminal.
(Photo clipped from an old New York Central Headlight)
Tag: Alfred Perlman
Robert Young brought
In December, 1954, Chairman Young and President Alfred Perlman called reporters into the railroad’s luxurious board room in Manhattan to give the answer. With his usual hyperbole, Young summed up: “Al Perlman has performed a miracle. It will go down as one of the great executive accomplishments in history. “When Young took over after the bitter proxy war, the road was running some $6,000,000 in the red. Last week he announced that the November profit was $5,400,000.
Tag: Harold Vanderbilt
Tag: Al Sherry
Tag: Bert Daniels
Tag Chauncey Depew
Chauncey Depew Chairman of the Board.
He had 56 years of service on his eighty-eighth birthday in 1922 and still came into his office in the Grand Central Office Building.
Tag; Plimmen H. Dudley
Tag: Ken Knapp
paid the NY Central Railroad for 47 years
Tag: Alfred H. Smith
Tag: Bob Timpany
Bob Timpany New York Central Railroad architect of change
Category: New Haven Railroad
Tag: George Alpert
Tag: Charlie Gunn
Category: Other Railroads
Tag: John W. Barriger
John W. Barriger was an outstanding railroad manager; a real live railfan; an advocate of super railroads; and a railroad historian.
Tag: David Gunn
Tag: Leonore F. Loree
Tag: Jay Gould
Tag: Robert Moses
Did you ever wonder how the mass transit situation in New York got so fouled up? A lot of the answer is from an unusual man named
Robert Young followed Harold Vanderbilt as chairman of the New York Central.
Tag: Nelson Rockefeller
It was Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York State
He also formed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and saved the Long Island Railroad
Harvard Professor John R. Stilgoe
Harvard Professor John R. Stilgoe states that: ‘Train travel will supplant highway and air travel in the next few decades. Furthermore, electric railroads will increasingly be used to distribute freight items as well as mail and express packages.’
According to Stilgoe the three prime factors driving railroad development are population growth, rising gas prices, and advanced technology.
“In the 1930s it was possible to order a fridge in the morning and have it delivered by train later the same day,” says Stilgoe. “Americans forgot about this, but we’re starting to put it back together.”
Stilgoe slso wrote an excellent yet overlooked book on railroads and the built environment shaped by them called Metropolitan Corridor:Railroads and the American Scene that I highly recommend.
Whats most interesting is that the book is 6 months old and already much has changed in that brief time to further move us toward a new era of the train and seemingly away from our old era of the highway and sprawl, particularly with respect to the financial crisis, foreclosure mess, high gas prices, politics of “change” and global warming awareness.
Bert Daniels was engineer on the Rexall Train. Promoted to management. Returned to road service on the Ohio State Limited.
Carl Englund passenger rail traffic/route designer
Jason “Jay” Gould (May 27, 1836 – December 2, 1892)
President of New York Central Railroad from January 1914 to May 1918 and from June 1919 until his death.