New York Central Railroad 2022 Calendar

In the early years of rail building, a series of lines grew up between New York City, Albany, Schenectady, 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.

This 2022 monthly wall calendar features:

Large blocks for notes | Superbly printed throughout | Reproduced on quality 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11 by 14-inch size

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Engines and trains featured in the 2022 edition include:

• New York Central 6003, a Class S-1b Niagara type 4-8-4 built by the American Locomotive Company in 1945, is leading an eastbound mail train out of Chicago, IL, on January 7, 1952. (Most railroads called their 4-8-4’s Northerns, but that was not a hard and fast rule. Western Maryland called their 4-8-4’s Poconos.) This mail train is headed for Cleveland, OH. The Central purchased and operated 27 Niagaras. As good as they were, and they were outstanding, Niagaras could not overcome the economy or performance of the new diesels. 

• New York Central 3818, one of a pair of Baldwin RF-16A’s, is arriving with a freight at Storrs Yard, Cincinnati, OH, on January 23, 1966. Baldwin built eighteen RF-16A’s in 1951 and 1952. All of these locomotives would be removed from service by the end of 1966. 

• New York Central 8257 and 8244 are on a commuter train at Dumont, NJ, on March 5, 1958. These are both Alco RS-3 locomotives built in 1951; they were painted in the scheme seen here. This is Central’s distinctive “lightning stripes” paint scheme. 

• New York Central 1000, an American Locomotive Company Model, FA-1, with an FB-1 and another FA-1, is bringing an eastbound Boston and Albany freight through Hinsdale, MA, on a pleasant April day in 1949. The Boston and Albany Railroad was a subsidiary road of the New York Central. 

• New York Central 5304, a Class G-1e Hudson (4-6-4), is backing to its train at St. Louis Union Station, MO, on May 11, 1949.  This day’s assignment is Train #12, the Southwestern Limited, an eastbound daily from St. Louis, MO, to Cleveland, OH, scheduled to depart St. Louis at 9:30am and arrive at Cleveland, OH, at 8:22pm. There was continuing service to Albany, NY, and Boston, MA. 

• New York Central 5646, an EMD GP7, is on a local freight at Niles, MI. Scenes of automobiles sharing the pavement with locomotives used to be quite common. In recent years, the larger railroads have abandoned many of these locations, but there are still places where you may see a locomotive in your rear-view mirror, moving along with the traffic. The track in this image was abandoned many years ago. But in June of 1966, 5646 is running right down the street. 

• This is Rensselaer, NY, a few miles from Albany, in July 1949. In this view are ten steam locomotives being serviced. In the foreground on the left is Boston and Albany 610, a Class J-2c Hudson 4-6-4, built by Schenectady (Alco) in 1928. There were 20 locomotives in this class, and if you wanted one the cost was $89,000. These locomotives were designed for the roller coaster grades found on the Boston and Albany. To its right is 5273, an Alco built in 1929. This is a Class J-1c Hudson designed for speed and operated along the water-level grades of the New York Central. In all, 275 Hudsons were constructed for and used by the New York Central. Not one of them was saved.

• New York Central 4021 (the power consist is an E7A-E7B-E8A, all EMD) is leading Train #26, the Twentieth Century Limited out of Chicago’s La Salle Street Station on an August 1963 afternoon; it is about 4:30pm. This all-Pullman streamliner is on its way to New York City, and due into Grand Central Station at 9:30 the next morning Eastern Time.  

• New York Central 8276, Alco 1600 horsepower RS-3 built and delivered in July 1951, is on a commuter train at Valhalla, NY, in September 1963. 

• New York Central 3018 is leading a westbound freight at Pana (Illinois) Interlocking en route to East St. Louis, IL in early November 1968. This appears to be a power shuffle. The 3018 is a GP40, followed by four General Electric U25B’s then three EMD GP9’s. A large movement of freight one way could leave the originating terminal short of locomotives. Instead of running five locomotives light, this westbound has more units than necessary to move the freight in tow. When they are needed for a train eastbound, the power will then be in the terminal and ready to go. 

• New York Central 110 (S-2 Motor) has an eight-car passenger special, making a station stop at Hartsdale, NY on November 13, 1966. As for the S-2’s, Alco-GE built 34 of them in 1906. After a nasty accident in 1907, they were rebuilt and renumbered and served without any more serious accidents. In 1936 they were renumbered again as 101 through 134. They were used for switching and light duty. The last one was retired in 1955.  Several of them, including 110, were retained for excursion trains, as seen here.  

• New York Central 7227, a 0-8-0 switcher built at the company’s Beech Grove, IN, shops in 1927, is switching at East St. Louis, IL, in the winter of 1948. Beech Grove built five of these Class U-61 locomotives; most lasted until the demise of steam in 1957. 

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