Railroad: Penn Central Company

The Penn Central was createdd in 1968 by the merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads. It operated dozens of lines in the lower peninsula of Michigan. It quickly fell into financial trouble and entered bankruptcy in 1970. In 1976, the U.S. government transitioned Penn Central to successor Consolidated Rail Corporation ( Conrail), and many lines in Michigan were abandoned, purchased by the State of Michigan or others.


Various→ Penn Central → Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corp.)


Operated: 8 Years

Renamed: 1968 - Pennsylvania New York Central Transportation Company.

Conveyed: 1969 - rail operations to Penn Central Transportation Company.

Bankruptcy: 1970 - declared.

Conveyed to: 1976 - to Conrail

Reference: [MRRC]


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Photo Info: Conrail's Clinton Local is photographed at Lenawee Junction in 1977, shortly after the reorganization by Penn Central. [Doug Leffler photo]