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  1. Jeff M. says:

    Given your comment about “stormy skies” and the loss of passengers to commercial air travel, how ironic is it that the trains are collectively referred to as New York Central’s “Dreamliners”—the identical name to Boeing’s troubled new 787?

  2. Michael Napolitano says:

    Evidently, naming something “Dreamliner” is the kiss of death. Love the reference to the Ohio State Limited; brings me back to my youth when I was a terrific Brooklyn Dodger baseball fan and happened to be in GCT one summer afternoon in 1954 when I watched the team members boarding that train for a crucial series in Cincinnati. They were in a tough pennant race which they would eventually lose to the hated Giants, and they didn’t look too happy to be hitting the road.

  3. JOhn says:

    Of important note is that NYC CLOSED it’s downtown station in Buffalo in favor of using the Buffalo Central Terminal on the fringe of the city at around this time, so one would need to take a 15min taxi ride to the nearest hotel (unbearable by our standards). Also, they discontinued trains to Niagara Falls shortly thereafter, and there was, and still is, almost no mass transit in the area at all by this point. Such was (and is) the case in many of the now dying rust-belt cities the Central once passed through. So the picture was never really that rosy to begin with, and not much has changed since.

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