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New York Central 2019 Calendar

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In the early years of rail building, a series of lines grew up between New York City, Albany, Schnectady, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, linking the Great Lakes and the Midwest to the Hudson River and the world. Brought together in 1853 as the New York Central Railroad, the line eventually served one-half of America s population, moving passengers in the northeast between New York, Chicago and Detroit, or from Boston to St. Louis.

Engines and trains featured in the 2019 New York Central calendar include:

January

New York Central 2946, a Class L-2 Mountain (4-8-2) is being serviced at Kankakee, Illinois on January 9, 1956. 2946 was built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1929. The Mountain-type was equipped with 69-inch driving wheels, which relegated it to a service life primarily operating freight trains.

February

Referred to as "Sharks" because of their appearance, one-month-old New York Central 3815, a Baldwin Locomotive Works RF-16A-B-A set, is on a westbound freight coming through Lyons, New York on February 24, 1952. In September 1957, after a 15-year career marked by mediocre performance, all of the Sharks were set aside. Some were traded in to General Electric for credit on new power and some were sold to the Monongahela Railroad.

March

New York Central 6004 is on Train #2, the Pacemaker Limited, waiting to leave LaSalle Street Station, Chicago, Illinois on February 12, 1948. 6004 is a Class S-1a Niagara, a 4-8-4 built in 1945 by the American Locomotive Works. (New York Central called their 4-8-4's Niagaras instead of Northerns.) Ahead is a 960-mile trip to New York. The Pacemaker is scheduled to arrive at Grand Central Station in New York at 8:45am on the 13th.

April

On May 20, 1950 New York Central 3132, a Class L-4a Mountain (4-8-2), built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1943, is stopped for water with a westbound freight at Seneca River, New York, about 30 miles west of Syracuse. At Seneca River was a series of water tanks and plugs, but there were also track pans on two of the four tracks. These track pans were essentially concrete trenches 1,800-feet-long—one pan appears in the foreground of this image. Locomotives equipped with a tender scoop could slow to less than 40 miles per hour, lower the scoop, and take water on the fly instead of stopping. Some freight trains used the track pans, but most passenger trains used them in order to eliminate a water stop and stay on schedule.

May

New York Central 8313, 8309 and 8303, Fairbanks-Morse Model H12-44’s, are working the hump at the Frontier Yard in Buffalo, New York on April 29, 1967. These locomotives are operating in multiple unit mode; all three are connected and controlled by the engineer on 8313.

June

New York Central 1683 leads a batch of seven "lightning stripe" freight units on a westbound freight through South Bend, Indiana on June 4, 1960. First are four Electro-Motive (EMD) units, two F7A's and two F7B's. The next three are ALCO locomotives, an FA-FB-FA set.

July

New York Central 276, a Class T-3a Motor, is leading Train #2, the Pacemaker, eastbound along the Hudson River near Riverdale, New York on August 11, 1963. 276 is only about 15 miles west of its destination, Grand Central Station in New York City.

August

Of the four Electro-Motive (EMD) E7A's delivered to the New York Central in 1945, two were painted gray to match the railroad’s other passenger power. As an experiment, two units, 4002 and 4003, were painted black and “lightning stripes” were added to enhance the minimalist paint job, but also to make the engines easier to see at grade crossings. In this image, 4002 and 4003 are the power for Train #41, the Knickerbocker. The train is westbound at Peekskill, New York, on August 8, 1946. Its route will take it to Buffalo, then on to stops in Cleveland, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and, its final destination, St. Louis, Missouri.

September

New York Central 1053, an ALCO FA-FB-FB set, is on a hot freight. The train is passing an Indiana Harbor Belt local freight in Chicago, Illinois on August 21, 1961. 1053 is running on Indiana Harbor Belt tracks in order to circumvent some of the gridlock slowing railroad operations in Chicago. The two stock cars behind the locomotives point to the need for prompt handling of this train, as do the string of reefers.

October

This is an interesting power combination: New York Central 8044, an ALCO Model RS-32, is on the point of a westbound freight. Behind it are two ALCO F-B Units followed by another RS-32. This long freight is following the Hudson River at Garrison, New York. Off to the left of the locomotives and across the river is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

November

Running at more than 80 miles per hour, New York Central 5454, a Class J-3a Mohawk (4-6-4) built by the American Locomotive Company in 1938, is ripping through Whiting, Indiana, with a passenger train during the winter of 1945. (New York Central referred to 4-6-4 Hudsons as Mohawks.) At this time, most railroads operated their trains with the headlight on only after sunset when illuminated visibility was required.

December

New York Central 7804, a Class U-3c switcher (0-8-0) built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1922, has been assigned to a work train on January 9, 1956. The engine obviously needs to be serviced; not much coal in the bunker. This will be quickly remedied, along with a trip to the water plug, cleaning the firebox and other necessary procedures. As soon as that work is completed, the hostler will turn 7804 over to the train crew to begin their day's work.

 

 

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