Obviously, the above is photoshopped, but for veracity’s sake, below you’ll find the original advertisement – which is not at all for Valentine’s Day. The main concept it depicts is traveling in between the “heart” of cities, as the railroad does. With the mention of no “stormy skies” the ad seems to reference commercial air travel – to which the railroads were steadily losing passengers. While most railroad stations are more towards the center of the city (especially the case with Grand Central in New York), many airports are far outside it. Unfortunately, most people would rather take a short flight than a long train ride, even if they had a nice amenities, accommodations, and food on a train.
Posts Tagged ‘holidays’
Happy holidays to all our readers, and a very Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it! For those that are into history, be sure to check out this post of holiday Harlem Line timetables, and this groovy Penn Central holiday suburban schedule. Penn Central may be despised by many, but they certainly put out some interesting timetables.
Despite the holiday, today is of course Tuesday, and our final Hudson Line Tuesday tour will be posted, though likely later on this afternoon.
Despite the fact that I managed to send out the holiday card to quite a few people, there were some that I would have liked to give it to that I never managed to get it to. About half are mailed out to friends, readers and fans, while the other half are hand-delivered to various train riders and Metro-North employees. If you didn’t get the card this year, consider it virtually sent… and email me your address and I will make it a point to get out out to you next year!
This year’s holiday card is inspired by a 1943 New York Central ad
Check out the full ad and other vintage winter and holiday ads
Born: 1998, Southbury, CT
Favorite activities: Stealing food from the table when nobody’s looking, sleeping in front of the window or behind the computer monitor
Born: 2001–2011, Kentucky
Favorite activities: Swimming in the reservoir, playing ball, howling at the 7PM “bomb train” as it passes by Goldens Bridge
Born: 2003, Danbury, CT
Favorite activities: Going for car rides, chasing after the laser pointer, hanging out with Snuggles
Born: 2008, West Virginia
Favorite activities: Snuggling under blankets and pillows, hanging out with Rudy
Born: 2010, Japan
Favorite activities: Carrying passengers on the New Haven Line
I was going to photoshop Santa getting patted down by the TSA for this – then I realized I didn’t have to, it had already happened for real. Needless to say, the TSA is why trains, and not planes (forget about those reindeer!), are the preferred method of transportation for Santa Claus this Christmas.
Here were some of the most interesting and relevant news stories to be talked about this week…
Extra Holiday Trains
Metro-North will of course be offering additional trains for the upcoming holiday, starting on Friday afternoon and continuing on Saturday and Sunday.
Permut looks to expand the Port Jervis Line
Metro-North President Howard Permut was the railroad’s Vice President of Planning before landing his current gig… so he’s got a pretty good sense of where and how things ought to be improved. Not only is he eyeing the New Haven Line for big improvements, but he’s also looking at service West of the Hudson. On his wish list is a second track on the Port Jervis Line, and a connection to Stewart Airport.
Improvements at Cortlandt to be finished soon
The train station upgrades at Cortlandt, which included new parking and amenities, are almost done – though slightly behind schedule.
Transit-based development considered in Mount Vernon
This week the city of Mount Vernon released a new comprehensive plan with suggestions for improvement. Suggestions included expanding Bee Line Bus service in the city, and further developing the areas surrounding the Mount Vernon East and West stations.
Henry Hudson Bridge turns 75 this week
On Thursday the Henry Hudson Bridge turned 75 years old… and there was no way I could resist posting that old construction photo from 1936!
Rail Outlook 2012
Progressive Railroader has an interesting piece on thoughts for passenger rail in 2012, with thoughts on various transit systems across the country, including Metro-North.
Retired Metro-North employee, now artist, to have show in Briarcliff Manor
Kent Patterson worked for Metro-North for 37 years as a yard and train master, but in retirement has turned back to an old love – painting. Prominent in his work are the trains and scenery he worked with for so many years. His paintings will be on display in Briarcliff Manor, and are certainly worth checking out.
Photos from Santacon
Buzzfeed has an amusing collection of 22 photos from NYC’s Santacon, which was last weekend. And of course since it was in New York City, some mode of public transportation is involved. Who knew that Santa rode Metro-North?