Railroad: New York Central Railroad Company, The

The New York Central railroad, later known as the New York Central System, was operated in Michigan from 1915 and 1968, and included the lines of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, the Michigan Central, and other lines under Vanderbilt control. The railroad system merged with the Pennsylvania railroad in 1968 creating Penn Central.

Various → New York Central Railroad → Penn Central Company.

Consolidated: 1914 - many lines including Lake Shore & Michigan Southern; Detroit, Monroe & Toledo: Kalamazoo & White Pigeon; Northern Central in Michigan.

Operated for 54 years.

Bought: 1915 - Sturgis, Goshen & St. Louis

Leased: 1930 - the Michigan Central, Big Four, CK&S.

Merged: 1968 - into Pennsylvania New York Central Transportation Company (forerunner to Penn Central)

Reference: [MRRC]


Time Line

1926. January 9. The NYC reports record setting earnings from operation of the 20th Century Limited passenger train. [RR]

1926. May 15. he NYC buys a large block of Michigan Central railroad stock. [RR]

1951. Old 999 is now parked in the NYC Airline Junction yard, guarded from the clutches of the scrap heap, which is the usual fate of outmoded locomotives. Railroaders look with respect at the engine, which has been the pride of the railroad for nearly 60 years since she pulled the Empire Express from New York City to Albany at an average speed of 112.5 miles per hour. The record, set May 10, 1893, stood for only 12 years, but regard for the engine and memory of men who worked on her, demands that she be preserved. [BCE-1951-1216]