"Hemorrhaging Cash": PC passenger trains

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  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    That's the way Peter Lynch in his book "Penn Central Railroad" describes the state of passenger train operations between the NYC/Pennsey merger in 1968 and the subsequent creation of AMTRAK in 1971. Compelled by the Federal Govt. to keep long distance trains running, Lynch quotes testimony by Stuart Saunders claiming the Penn Central lost $6 million every month!

    I've just added a passenger train to my layout after ressurecting some TYCO cars I bought back in 1973 or so. I've combind them with some Athearn Pennsylvania Railroad coaches to make a six car train. Here it is pictured following the river near Kings Port.

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    The train stops at the small station at Kings Port, near the steel mill. The urban blight around this area is not a good sign....

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    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Farther along the line passengers get to see some nicer views, here as they round the curve at Marion. The local community, proud of their railroad heritage, has attempted to replicate the much larger and more famous Horseshoe Curve by placing an old steam switcher ("Good Ol' 101") at trackside hoping to attract railfans and tourists. The switcher is undergoing restoration and a fund raiser is being planned. :)

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  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Great pictures and Great story behind it as well Ralph. Although i would not want to stop off in Kings Port :( . But anyways, Great detail in all your scenes. Like the locals are trying to recreate horsecurve with a little railroad history up there on the curve. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: