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Earle Baldwin

Penn Central Railroad Historical Society 2009 Calendar

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On February 1, 1968, New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad merged to form the Penn Central Transportation Company. New York, New Haven and Hartford subsequently joined the system on January 1, 1969. Poor management doomed the railroad from the outset. Many within the railroading community reviled the strategy of PC officials to siphon finances from the operation of the railroad and funnel them into unrelated ventures. As a result, maintenance was neglected and service suffered. Penn Central declared bankruptcy on June 1, 1970. PC’s failure and the implications on eastern railroading as a whole precipitated the creation of Conrail in 1976. The Penn Central collapse remains one of the most extensive American corporate failures in history.

 

Penn Central was a far reaching system and many hobbyists were exposed to its black locomotives; therefore, it stands to reason PC developed a large following despite its lack of success. In 1999, the Penn Central Railroad Historical Society was formed for the purpose of bringing together individuals with a common interest in the company. Information regarding the society may be found at http://www.pcrrhs.org. One of the society’s many endeavors is the annual release of a wall calendar.

 

The 2009 calendar is produced by Weekend Chief Publishing, a company highly regarded for its premier quality calendars. Measuring approximately 12” X 18” when opened, each of the thirteen months features a different full page, full color photograph. Superbly reproduced, the selection of images is as follows:

 

January…...F-units at Cleveland, OH

February....Assorted units at the turntable in Conway Yard, PA

March….....GP40 3131 with TOFC train at Silver Lake, CT

April…….....GP40 3170 with freight at Roa Hook, NY

May…….....P-motor 4626 with passenger train at Phillipse Manor, NY

June……....GP38-2 7978 taking sand at Watkins Glen, NY

July…….....GP40 3141 with freight at Cameron, NY on Erie Lackawanna

August…....E33 4607 with hopper train at Woodbourne, PA

September..E8 4285 with passenger train at Rockville Bridge in Enola, PA

October…...GP40 3020 with freight at Hoffmans, NY

November...GG1 4800 with freight at Elkton, MD

December….RDC-1 55 at Detroit, MI

Jan. ’10….…GG1 4906 at Sunnyside Yard

 

In addition to informative captions, significant dates in Penn Central history are included. The pages are book quality, making the calendar worthy of inclusion in a permanent collection at the conclusion of the year. With a list price of $10.95, the calendar represents an excellent value and its purchase its highly recommended.

 

Regards,

 

Earle

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Metsfan:

 

Your avatar with the PC GG1 is great. If you like G's, you'll like this calendar. The photos of the 4800 and 4906 are worth the purchase price by themselves.

 

Regards,

 

Earle

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