A Sampling of Penn Central
First national publication!

A Sampling of Penn Central

Southern Region on Display
Jerry Taylor
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Format: cloth 448 pages, 211 b&w photos, 6 maps
10 x 7
ISBN: 978-0-253-33702-3
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The Penn Central existed only from the New York Central–Pennsylvania merger in 1968, until the formation of Conrail in 1976. This book fills an information void with its 208 wonderful photographs taken between 1970 and 1972. The photos, with their detailed captions, portray the 5,000-plus miles of PC's Southern Region.

Author Bio

Jerry Taylor was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in St. James, Long Island. He received his high school diploma in June of 1944. He attended Cornell University, receiving his B.A. in 1949 and his LLB in 1952. In November of that year, he went to work for the New York Central Railroad, which in 1968 merged with the Pennsylvania to form the Penn Central. Beginning as a trainee, he held various staff positions on the railroad. Taylor was transferred to line supervision in 1962, rising from assistant trainmaster to general manager of the Southern District in Indianapolis in 1967 and of the New Haven Region in New Haven, CT, in 1969. He resigned in April 1969 to become Vice President-Operations of the Long Island Rail Road. After retiring from the LIRR in 1977, he moved back to Indiana. His post-retirement pursuits have included hiking more than 3,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, maintaining a certified tree farm, and authoring four other books on various railroad subjects.

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Table of Contents

Table of contents (preliminary):
Columbus Division

Dispatchers' Office

Pittsburgh-Columbus main line and Millersburg

secondary track

Cleveland-Bellefontaine main line and St. Marys


Western branch north of Columbus, Eastern branch, and

Thurston secondary track

Western branch south of Columbus and Zanesville


Southern branch and Hitop branch

Columbus terminal area

Buckeye Yard and vicinity
Cincinnati Division

Dispatchers' Office

Sharon Yard and vicinity

Cincinnati terminal area

Dayton-Cincinnati main line, C&X branch, and

Middletown secondary track

London-Dayton main lines (via Springfield and Xenia)

and Bellefontaine branch

Northern branch Ansonia and south, Richmond branch,

and Fort Wayne branch

Columbus-Bradford-New Paris-Indianapolis main line

Mechanicsburg branch, Springfield branch, and Northern

branch north of Ansonia
Southwest Division—former Indiana Division territory

Bellefontaine-Indianapolis main line and Michigan


Dispatchers' Office

Cincinnati-Kankakee main line, L&A branch, and

Whitewater branch

Louisville branch, I&F branch, and Madison secondary


Petersburg, AW&W, and Lynnville secondary tracks

Indianapolis terminal area

Big Four Yard and vicinity
Southwest Division—former St.Louis Division territory

Dispatchers' Office

Indianapolis-Terre Haute main line and Greencastle


Terre Haute-East St. Louis main lines and Peoria

secondary track

East St. Louis terminal area

Cairo branch and Danville branch
Peoria and Eastern Railway