Railroader Biographies


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 Henry Vanderbilt

(May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885)


Category: New York Central: Modern


Tag: Robert Young

Robert Young followed Harold Vanderbilt as chairman of the New York Central.


Tag: Jacob Bachtold


Tag: P.E. Crowley


In 1953,  Patrick 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

Alfred Perlman

to the New York Central as president. Perlman went on to the Penn Central.

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: Lt. Col. Hiram W Taylor


Tag: Al Sherry

Al Sherry was the oldest railroader (89 years old) on the New York Central Railroad in 1964.
(Photo clipped from an old New York Central Headlight)



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


Alfred H Smith

President of New York Central Railroad from January 1914 to May 1918 and from June 1919 until his death.


Tag: George Alpert

Category: New Haven Railroad


George Alpert was the last president of the New Haven Railroad.


Tag: Charlie Gunn


Category: Other Railroads


Tag: Van Swerigen Brothers


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


Category: Public


Tag: Robert Moses


Robert Moses:
Against Mass Transit

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 Moses


 Tag: Nelson Rockefeller


Nelson Rockefeller

Who brought Robert Moses down?

It was Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York State

He also formed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and saved the Long Island Railroad

Read more about him.




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.


Carl Englund passenger rail traffic/route designer


Jason “Jay” Gould (May 27, 1836 – December 2, 1892)


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