CENTRAL'S NEW COMMUTER LOOK page 3 Headlight MARCH, 1966 Vol. 27 No. 3 Printed in U . S. A . IN THIS ISSUE NYC'S NEW COMMUTER L O O K . 3 A HOSE BY A N Y OTHER NAME. 6 G R A N D T R O P H Y REWARDS FLEXI V A N SALES E F F O R T S . . . 7 THEY'RE Y A R D BIRDS N O W . . 8 BIG I N D I A N A T R A C K J O B FINISHED 10 CENTRAL'S 1965 EARNINGS HIGHEST IN LAST TEN Y E A R S . . . . 11 PROMOTIONS 12 Christening the new a d d i t i o n . . . QUIZ 13 to the Central's motive power fleet is M r s . Alfred E . Perlman, wife of the RETIREMENTS 14 President of N Y C . M r . Perlman stands by as she smashes a bottle of N e w Y o r k State champagne over the nose of one of the 50 new 3, 000 NORMAN M. STONE horsepower freight locomotives N e w Y o r k Central has purchased from Manager, Publications & Advertising Electro-Motive Division of General Motors C o r p . This four axle, four motor unit will be used in high speed freight service between N e w Y o r k H A R O L D J. S C H N E I D E R , Editor and Chicago and is an important part of N e w Y o r k Central's continuing S Y D N E Y O X B E R R Y , Art Editor program for improved service to the shipping public. EDITORIAL ASSOCIATES John E. Salter, Syracuse Frederic H. W o o l f a l l , Cleveland Farwell C . Rhodes, Jr., Indianapolis Frank M . M a l o n e , C h i c a g o Robert W . Schuette, Boston Fred A . Huber, Jr., Detroit HEADLIGHT is published by the New York Central System for its active and retired employees and their families. A l l commu- nications should he addressed to the HEADLIGHT editorial office: Room 1446, 466 N e w York Central trainees... Lexington Ave., New York, N . Y . 10017. Member: Association of Railroad Editors, New York Association of Industrial Com- are given outline of orientation program sponsored by the Operating municators, International Council of Department, by A . W . Laskoske, V i c e President-Operation. The five-day Industrial Editors. session was held in Cleveland recently and included a full day at N e w Y o r k Central's Technical Research Center, one of the world's largest industrial research laboratories, and a day at the Collinwood yards. O N T H E C O V E R : This unusual shot Throughout the program the group studied various phases of the N e w of G r a n d Central Terminal in N e w Y o r k Central's operation. The program was under the direction of Robert Y o r k City, was taken by Photographer D . Timpany, (standing at right rear), Assistant V i c e President-Operating E d N o w a k , who used a N i k o n camera Administration, assisted by W i l l i a m V . Hayes (center), Director of T r a i n - equipped with a fish-eye lens which ing and Safety and John C . M i l l e r , T r a i n i n g Supervisor. gives 180 degree angle shot. H e used a time setting of one-fifth of a second and a lens opening of f 16. 2 New York Central Headlight A little over one year ago Central created a Suburban Service Department. Headed by James M . Loconto, the de- partment's assignment was to plan and coordinate all aspects of the Central's suburban service in the N e w Y o r k City area, and develop long-range plans for that operation. This was a step by N Y C to place new emphasis on its efforts to provide the Central's 40, 000 daily sub- urban riders in the N e w Y o r k metro- politan area with the finest and most effi- cient service that the economics of operation would permit. Since then many developments have occurred to improve the commuter's life on the Central. Progress was rapid in implementing the program primarily because of pre- paratory work that had been accom- plished by the N e w Y o r k District Indus- t r i a l E n g i n e e r i n g Staff, u n d e r the direction of Donald O . Eisele. M r . Eisele NEW TICKET COLLECTING method speeds commuters using Bronx local trains outbound joined the Suburban Service Department from Grand Central Terminal and terminating at Mount Vernon on Harlem Division and when it was first organized as its M a n - Glenwood on Hudson Division. This was one of the innovations in commuter operations that played a very important part in enabling Central to provide emergency service for ager of Suburban Planning. thousands of people needing transportation during the New York City transit strike. First step was the establishment of In picture at top right commuters wait at Scarsdale, N. Y. station to board one of the zone fares on an experimental basis in 237 daily suburban trains operated into and out of Grand Central Terminal on an portions of the suburban territory,, which average weekday. These trains serve 52 stations on the Harlem Division and 31 on the became effective in February, 1964. In Hudson Division and maintained a 93. 4 per cent on time performance during 1965. M a y , 1965, zone fares were extended to apply throughout the entire suburban territory and, in January of this year the zone concept became permanent. Second step was changing the ticket collecting method for inbound and out- bound B r o n x local rush hour trains operating between G r a n d Central Ter- minal and M t . V e r n o n , and G l e n w o o d . T h i r d step was inauguration of zone schedules which gave the majority of commuters on the H a r l e m Division non- stop service direct to and from their stations. These innovations in commuter op- Continued on next page March, 1966 3 Central's N e w Commuter Look—Continued eration played a very important part in Central T e r m i n a l on an average week- enabling the N e w Y o r k Central to pro- day. These trains serve 52 stations on the INSIDE VIEW of one of NYC's commuter vide emergency service for thousands of H a r l e m D i v i s i o n and 31 on the H u d s o n cars looked like this (picture below) when people needing transportation during the Division and maintained a 93. 4 per cent the Beech Grove Shops started the refur- recent N e w Y o r k City transit strike. on time performance during 1965. bishing project. Repairmen Millard Hacker Other improvements that were estab- Last A p r i l the Central completed a (kneeling, left) and Edward D. Long work on the sidewalls while Production Planning lished included simplifying, for easier three-year, $14 million program w h i c h Coordinator Robert Piemen (standing, right) passenger reading, Hudson and H a r l e m placed 87 new multiple-unit commuter and Sidney Bash, Passenger Car Shop Fore- D i v i s i o n suburban timetables. Special coaches in service throughout the electri- man, check progress. When completed these trains were run for Westchester residents fied zones of both the H u d s o n and H a r - refurbished coaches will sport new interiors, traveling into N e w Y o r k to see such lem division. feature modern high-backed contour seats, events as the N e w Y o r k Football Giants The 40 modern passenger coaches comfortable neoprene cushioning and plas- games, and Pope Paul's celebration of now being refurbished w i l l serve c o m - tic woven fabric covers. All coaches will be Mass at Yankee Stadium during his visit muters to and from G r a n d Central Ter- equipped with a public address system for to the United States. minal and stations on N Y C ' s upper- direct communication by train crews with H u d s o n and upper-Harlem d i v i s i o n s - passengers, double windows with tinted Manhattan T r i p Tickets were high- glass, and improved air-conditioning and lighted. These special tickets are good stations north of White Plains and north heating systems. weekdays on non-rush-hour trains and of C r o t o n - H a r m o n (where electrification on all week end trains. Passengers using ends). Delivery of the first units are these special tickets can save up to 40 scheduled for early this year. CENTRAL'S NEW COMMUTER LOOK has per cent and in some cases up to 50 per These coaches are lightweight, stream- been well publicized, as is shown above in this grouping of various pieces of pro- cent on round trip tickets from points in lined, roller-bearing cars of the type used motional material prepared to give the the suburban area to G r a n d Central on the Twentieth Century L i m i t e d and commuter a better understanding of the Terminal. Empire State Express. Sixteen units are many new features that Central has devel- C H E K - I T , the automatic purchase- constructed of stainless steel and the re- oped to provide commuters with comfort- by-mail of monthly commutation tickets maining 24 are of carbon steel. able as well as dependable service. at no extra charge, continued to be pub- The refurbished coaches, with new licized. A new flash-type, credit card interiors, feature modern two-and-two size, monthly commutation ticket was seating, high-backed contour seats, c o m - designed for commuters' convenience. fortable neo-prene cushioning and plas- A detailed survey was conducted by tic woven fabric covers. The seating N Y C , asking its commuters if they pre- capacity of each unit is 108 passengers ferred to ride i n non-smoking cars or in 54 pairs of seats. smoking cars. W h e n all the results were A l l coaches are equipped with a public in and tabulated, a pamphlet was dis- address system for direct communication tributed to riders, indicating that two- by train crews with passengers, double thirds of the commuters polled said they windows with tinted glass, and improved preferred to ride in non-smoking cars air-conditioning and heating systems. rather than sit i n cars where smoking One of the two new breakfast-bar cars was permitted, even though they smoke w i l l operate on each division. H a l f the elsewhere. They would ''rather stand interior of the breakfast-bar car com- than switch, " the survey revealed. prises a lounge area and 20-foot coun- Based on these results of the survey, ter-type bar and the other half is sub- Central gradually re-shuffled the number divided into three private compartments. and location of smoking cars on its sub- The compartments, which will accom- urban service trains to conform to com- modate eight persons, are available at NEW BREAKFAST BAR CARS are now op- muters' preferences. special monthly rates to groups for busi- erating on both the Harlem and Hudson Division. Pictured above is one of the fin- D u r i n g the 1965 Christmas Holiday ness conferences or as game rooms. F u r - ished cars as it came off the production Season, a special holiday timetable was nishings include a card table, chairs and line at NYC's Beech Grove (Ind. ) Car Shop. issued, detailing special schedules oper- a settee. Compartment floors are covered ated Christmas E v e and N e w Year's Eve. with blue-green carpeting and the floor Central's latest commuter service i m - in the lounge-bar area is brown tile. T h e COMMUTERS (right) try out the service on provement is a $1. 6 million expenditure bar is formica-lined. the new breakfast-bar car as they sample to refurbish 40 streamlined mainline Breakfast service on morning runs the fruit juices, coffee, rolls and assorted passenger coaches and the production of features fruit juices, coffee, rolls and pastries served on the morning run. In the evenings, there is complete bar service. two newly designed breakfast-bar cars at assorted pastries. In the evenings, there Beech G r o v e , Ind., Passenger C a r Shop. is complete bar service. This expenditure is another example W o r k on the new coaches and break- SANDING THE SIDE of one of NYC's 40 of Central's continuing effort to provide fast-bar cars was done under the direc- commuter coaches undergoing extensive its commuters with comfortable as well tion of Robert T . Tomlinson, Beech modernization and rebuilding are E. K. as dependable service. D u r i n g the past G r o v e Shop Superintendent, and Robert Neathery (left) and H. R. Alexander (pic- four years, Central has invested approxi- Piemen, Production Planning C o o r d i - ture at left), Painters at NYC's Beech Grove mately $15. 6 m i l l i o n in commuter equip- nator. (Ind. ) Shops. Coaches are lightweight, ment. The program has brought the total M a n y more innovations are under streamlined, roller-bearing cars of the type used on the 20th Century Limited and Em- number of commuter coaches in service study by M r . Loconto's staff to make the pire State Express. Sixteen units are con- to 417, which are operated on 237 daily life of the N e w Y o r k Central commuter structed of stainless steel and the remaining suburban trains into and out of G r a n d even a happier one. 24 are carbon steel. 4 March, 1966 5 HEFTY H O S E . . . A continuous, 300-foot length of rubber hose gives the " p u s h " to a freight car mover developed by the New York Central Technical Research Center at Collinwood, Ohio for use on sidings and in other areas of low-density rail traffic. A Hose by Any Other Name There's no end to the things rubber sion in A k r o n , O., i n one continuous, pinch of the rollers. The resulting action hose can do. unspliced length. It has a tube and cover —the force of the trapped fluid pushing N o w it's being used to move railroad of neoprene synthetic rubber for flexi- against the closely spaced rollers—is the freight cars. bility and for resistance to physical force which propels the sled which, in The N e w Y o r k Central developed the stress, o i l , abrasion, age and weather. It turn, sets a standing freight car in mo- technique. It's using hose to give the is reinforced with specially selected tion by engaging its wheel axles with push to a low-cost car mover, a device synthetic cords. two pusher arms. small enough to stumble over, but one The principle is that of a cylinder and powerful enough to move five freight System is Simple piston: The hose is the cylinder, the cars weighing more than 200 tons. hydraulic fluid the piston and the rollers R. J. Mangan, a Research Engineer at The Central's car moving system is are the piston head. the Central's Cleveland Technical Cen- deceptively simple. Although the sled can "push" in only ter, designed the car mover. It's for use It has three principle parts—the hose, one direction, it can be moved backward on sidings and in other areas of low- which lies stationary between the rails; by reversing the flow of fluid in the cir- density rail traffic. One man can operate a hydraulic pump, which is linked by culating hydraulic system. The pusher it efficiently. piping to both ends of the hose, and a arms deflect to permit the sled to pass The pilot car mover is in operation at wheeled, sled-like vehicle that is seven beneath standing freight cars. the Central's Collinwood car repair feet long, 30 inches wide, less than a The hose supplies 20 pounds of linear facility. It costs one-quarter to one-half foot high and weighs 350 pounds. force for every ton of freight car pushed. less than other equipment used by rail- The sled travels on tracks of its own. Although Goodyear rates its working roads and freight handlers as a substitute Its four wheels are guided by inverted pressure at 250 pounds per square inch, for locomotive power—depending on the strips of channel iron which are an- the Central operates it regularly at 300 length of track over which the car mover chored to the crossties between the rails. pounds per square inch. operates. The hose is placed so that its entire Goodyear can build linear actuator The key to the car mover's efficiency length can pass between two rollers on hose in continuous lengths many times is a 300-foot-long piece of linear actu- the sled. The action is similar to that of longer than the 300 feet required for the ator hose with an inside diameter of four a piece of clothing passing between the prototype car moving system, but Cen- inches. There are not many pieces of wringers on a washing machine. tral believes 700 feet to be about the hose like it. It was designed and built A s hydraulic fluid is sent through the maximum desirable distance for any by Goodyear's Industrial Products D i v i - hose, its movement is restricted by the future systems the Central may install. 6 New York Central Headlight FLEXI-THON G R A N D TROPHY for 1965 went to New York Central's hard-driving St. Louis sales organiza- tion. Joseph A . Robertson (center), Flexi-Van Sales Manager at St. Louis, accepts trophy on behalf of his sales forces from John G . Patten, Vice Presi- dent-Freight Sales. At right, Roy L. Mil- bourne, Director of Flexi-Van Sales & Service, beams approval. Grand Trophy Rewards Flexi-Van Sales Efforts » T o p award for the first year's winner FLEXI-THON II CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED of the Flexi-Thon Campaign went to Central's hard driving St. Louis sales or- trophy w i l l be presented each month to the best 12-month sales record will w i n ganization. Headed by Joseph A . Rob- the F l e x i - V a n Sales Manager whose ter- the G r a n d Trophy. ertson, F l e x i - V a n Sales Manager, the ritory tops the field i n originated traffic. F l e x i - V a n service broke several rec- group w o n the monthly trophy in Jan- A tally for each territory w i l l be kept ords in 1965. First, it reached an all-time uary, A p r i l , August and September last on a F l e x i - T h o n II Meter which indi- high of 122, 081 vanloads, an 18. 7 per year. T o p award for the year was w o n cates the monthly quota and the number cent increase over 1964. by exceeding the 1965 F l e x i - V a n Sales of revenue Flexi-Vans loaded. In December, 1965, F l e x i - V a n load- quota by 7. 7 per cent. A Flexi-Thonette, a miniature version ings totaled 10, 645 vans, an increase of John G . Patten, N Y C ' s V i c e Presi- of the System-Wide Campaign will be set 22 per cent over December, 1964, and dent-Freight Sales and R o y L . M i l - up by each Sales Manager for all sales- the highest total December figure since bourne, Central's Director of F l e x i - V a n men in his territory. Salesmen will be F l e x i - V a n service was inaugurated in Sales & Service, were on hand to make assigned quotas, with points for overseas A p r i l , 1958. the presentation of the G r a n d Trophy. through-van traffic, new P l a n V ac- F l e x i - V a n traffic has been increasing M r . M i l b o u r n e , who planned and counts, new business, rate proposals and at a higher percentage than the com- launched the first F l e x i - T h o n campaign, sales ideas. bined national total for "piggyback" and announced that F l e x i - T h o n II was now The F l e x i - T h o n II campaign w i l l end container service. In 1965, piggybacking in full swing and that once again a next December, and the territory with of truck trailers and containers on flat- cars ran 15 per cent above 1964, or approximately 3. 7 per cent less than 1965 F l e x i - V a n volume. Representing less than one-half of one per cent of the total freight equipment on the Central, F l e x i - V a n contributed 15 per cent of total net income in 1965, up from 11 per cent in 1964. TOP FLEXI-VAN SALESMEN for 1965 were in line for congratulations for a job well done. Roy L. Milbourne (center), Director of Flexi-Van Sales & Service, did the honors as he announced the launching of Flexi-Thon II Campaign for 1966. Looking forward to the chal- lenge of the new campaign were left to right: Ronald A. Stahl, Cincinnati; Wal- ter L. Jones, Chicago; Charles L. Hux, Boston; Mr, Milbourne; Ambrose R. Har- kins, Buffalo; Joseph A. O'Brien, Detroit; and Charles A. Lybarger, St. Louis. March, 1966 7 When the New York Daily News Magazine section ran a picture story last October, headlined, "Where d i d the eagles go?", the editor had no idea there were so many b i r d watchers i n the area. Some 100 readers wrote i n and scores of others telephoned, giving the where- abouts of many of the 16 cast i r o n eagles N E W YORK DAILY NEWS photographer David McLane took this CLOSE INSPECTION is made of this giant eagle, that had adorned the o l d G r a n d C e n t r a l as Henry LoTang boosts his son, Jon, 3, up to get photo of eagle at Philipse Manor-North Tarrytown Station, which T e r m i n a l (pictured at the r i g h t ) , prede- triggered search for other Grand Central Terminal birds. good look at it on their Mt. Vernon, N. Y. property. cessor of the present G r a n d Central. Each of the eagles weighs a ton and has a w i n g span of 12 feet. I n 1903, when the o l d T e r m i n a l was demolished, the eagles were removed. THEY'RE Daily News photographer L a n e found one sitting proudly at David Mc- the YARD BIRDS N o r t h T a r r y t o w n , N . Y . Station. Thanks to the letters and calls, he located others. Should any H E A D L I G H T readers nine NOW k n o w the location of the other six, please Readers Help Locate Missing let the E d i t o r k n o w . Grand Central Eagles W H A T A BIRD BATH this fellow would need! Eagle graces lawn at Mt. Vernon, N. Y. home of Mario and Lena Torrisi. Each eagle weighs a ton and has a wing span of 1 2 feet. PROUD OWNERS of this Grand Central eagle are Dr. and Mrs. Albert Rogliano of Bronx- vilte, N. Y. In the oval at right, Walter Fas- A VISITOR to Kings Point, L. I. lounges up against MARY IMMACULATE FRIARY at Garrison, N . Y. also has ST. BASIL'S A C A D E M Y in Cold Spring, N. Y. is the proud bender, Director of the Vanderbilt Museum, stanchion supporting another of the missing eagles one of the eagles. Rev. Jordan Sullivan (left) and Rev. Roch owner of two of these majestic eagles. The Reverend Centerport, L. I., inspects eagle at entrance. from the old Grand Central Terminal. Mullin admire its beauty in its Hudson River valley setting. Demetrius Frangos, Director, stands near one of them. A second eagle guards another entrance. New York Central Headlight March, 1966 8 GRINDERS GALORE—A section of the seven-car Speno rail-grinder machine moves over S M O O T H RAILING-Close-up view of the the New York Central's main line between Anderson, Ind. and Terre Haute grinding seven-car rail grinding train which smoothes smooth the dual track as part of a $525, 900 maintenance program. and polishes N Y C track. Big Indiana Track Job Finished N e w Y o r k Central has spent more The track rebuilding w i l l provide the project, which also included ballast than $525, 900 for track renovation be- more efficient movement of freight and cleaning, rail joint straightening, re- tween Anderson and Terre Haute, Ind. smoother passenger rides, N Y C South- placement of w o r n ties, surfacing and The program started last A p r i l and ern District General Manager R i c h a r d track alignment. was completed early this year. The track B . Hasselman said. The program covered approximately rebuilt is part of N Y C ' s St. L o u i s - N e w The program featured use of the most 214 mainline track miles, since most of Y o r k mainline which passes through ultra-modern track renovation machin- the right-of-way is dual-tracked. Indianapolis. It is the route of two of the ery, including a seven-car rail-grinder The program included replacement of world's fastest freight trains, Central's train rented for the project at an approx- 45, 000 ties and addition of 100, 000 tons S V - 5 and S V - 6 , which are solid trains imate cost of $2, 000 per day. The rail of stone ballast to the right-of-way. of Flexi-Vans. F l e x i - V a n is a rail flatcar grinder levels the tops of the steel rails The Indianapolis-Terre Haute section which hauls specially designed freight- within thousandths-of-an-inch precision, of track will be used as main line for carrying trailer bodies to provide inte- eliminating the bounce and much of the the Penn-Central when the merger is grated rail-highway-sea transportation ciickety-clack experienced on w o r n rail. approved by the Interstate Commerce service. R a i l grinding put the finished touch to Commission. A SPECIAL SEVEN-CAR WORK TRAIN GRINDS SMOOTH THE RAILS OF NYC'S MAIN LINE BETWEEN ANDERSON AND TERRE HAUTE VIA INDIANAPOLIS. THE TRAIN IS PICTURED NEAR DANVILLE, IND. 10 New York Central Headlight Central's 1965 Earnings Highest in Last Ten Years N e w Y o r k Central reported a 53. 5 revenues, include F l e x i - V a n container of $31. 3 million, a 27 per cent increase per cent increase in its 1965 net income service. The volume of this coordinated over 1964. which amounted to $41, 518, 728, or rail-highway-water operation reached a F l e x i - F l o , the revolutionary service $6. 06 per share. This compares with new record of 122, 081 vans, an increase for the movement of dry bulk c o m m o d i - net income of $27, 046, 846, or $3. 95 per of 18. 7 per cent. Even though F l e x i - V a n ties, has enabled the N Y C to transport share, for the year 1964. equipment represents but one-half of one four times the amount of cement it car- The 1965 consolidated earnings, i n - per cent of the N e w Y o r k Central's total ried in 1964. Central recently received cluding subsidiary companies, totaled equipment, it is contributing 15 per cent the industry's G o l d e n Freight C a r A w a r d $52, 355, 635, or $7. 64 per share. The of total net income, up from 11 per cent for this new concept. A t the same time, 1964 consolidated earnings amounted to in 1964. the operation of the first unit train of $35, 511, 376, or $5. 18 per share. The transportation of assembled auto- hot steel slabs, integrating the production Alfred E . Perlman, N Y C President, mobiles on tri-level carriers during 1965 lines of two steel plants 500 miles apart, said: "The improved earnings are the reached an all-time high of 1, 140, 000 is continuing to set new records. It is result of a quiet revolution on the N e w new autos. This represents more than 13 expected that this unit train operation, Y o r k Central that has resulted in new per cent of the nation's automobile pro- inaugurated in M a y , 1965, will expand concepts for maximizing profits. The duction. D u r i n g 1965, automobile traffic to daily service in 1966, an increase from weapons of this revolution, " he ex- on the Central produced gross revenues the present three unit trains per week. plained, "are new marketing, cost and technical research methods to deter- EARNINGS STATEMENT SUMMARY: Y e a r 1965 Y e a r 1964 mine rates, equipment and services that will produce the most profit in all areas Gross Revenues $661, 453, 842 $641, 519, 752 of the company's operations. " Total Expenses 528, 060, 364 524, 152, 998 M r . Perlman pointed out that during Net Railway Operating Income 48, 343, 016 32, 768, 520 1965 the Central's average revenue per Net Income 41, 518, 728 27, 046, 846 car increased $7. 27 over 1964, to a new Earnings Per Share $6. 06 $3. 95 high of $172. 84. In the past five years, the railroad's average revenue per car F o u r t h Quarter Ended Dec. 31, has increased $16. 17, in spite of a 11. 5 per cent decrease i n the rate per ton-mile 1965 1964 charged the shipper. Central transports a p p r o x i m a t e l y three m i l l i o n l o a d e d Gross Revenues 5170, 335, 228 $163, 548, 603 freight cars annually. Total Expenses 132, 555, 890 135, 407, 136 Innovations in freight traffic, which Net Railway Operating Income 18, 599, 185 8, 435, 234 have made a substantial contribution to Net Income 19, 239, 091 9, 567, 274 the N e w Y o r k Central's 1965 improved Earnings Per Share $2. 81 $1. 40 A capsule history of New York Central—No. 9 Heritage of Progress In the spring of 1832, permis- tunneled. Tunneling was a new When initial discussions as to the sion was granted the N e w Y o r k & science in A m e r i c a ; only three, all feasibility of the tunnel were dis- Harlaem to extend its tracks below in Pennsylvania, were i n existence eased, a committee reported that Prince Street. A n d when deep ex- at this time. there were two views. One, that cavations at M u r r a y H i l l were as a "work of art, " the tunnel c o m p l e t e d , s e r v i c e t h r o u g h to would be of great credit to the Yorkville (86th Street) went into company. The other point of view operation. A N e w Y o r k City pub- was that as an "object of curios- lication of that day declared that ity, " it would probably attract en- the ride to Y o r k v i l l e on the new couragement from the public. railroad was one of the most inter- When finally completed in esting in the city, for either citizen 1837, it had cost $95, 000, was or visitor. s l i g h t l y less t h a n 600 feet i n The ride terminated at an ele- length, and was 18 feet high. vation popularly known as Ob- The value of the "work of art" servatory H i l l . This elevation was and "object of curiosity" was now giving the directors and en- The two-mile stretch between proven, for thousands paid fares gineers of the company cause for Y o r k v i l l e and Harlem was the just for the novel experience of worry since it soon became ob- toughest problem the builders of r i d i n g b e h i n d t r o t t i n g horses vious that it would have to be the new road had yet encountered. through the hill. March, 1966 11 Employees Move Into New Posts on NYC REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT in Indianapolis in 1941. Since that time Suburban Trainmaster is a new posi- he has held various positions in the tion created to provide greater coordina- Fred Hurvich has been appointed to Transportation and Operating Depart- tion between all departments to improve the position of Manager of Insurance ments and i n 1957 he was appointed the suburban service with respect to with headquarters in N e w Y o r k . Transportation Superintendent of the schedules, performance and equipment. M r . H u r v i c h joined the Central as Syracuse Division, the position he held M r . A s h t o n , joined the N Y C in 1946 T a x Attorney i n 1964, following private prior to his present appointment. as a Student Telegrapher. In 1952, he be- law practice. came a T r a i n Dispatcher at G r a n d Cen- MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT tral T e r m i n a l . Since 1963, he has served as Chief T r a i n Dispatcher at N e w Y o r k . Paul R. Oliver has been appointed to the position of Manager of C a r M a i n - tenance with headquarters i n N e w Y o r k , with jurisdiction over freight and pas- senger car facilities other than Shops. M r . Oliver began his railroad career as a C a r m a n Apprentice on the Boston & A l b a n y i n 1930. Since then he has held Fred Hurvich Joseph M . Ostrow various positions in the Mechanical De- partment, including; Foreman, C r o t o n - H a r m o n , N . Y . ; General Foreman, G C T ; MARKETING DEPARTMENT Americus C. Vitale Ronald Ashton Assistant to General Superintendent-Car; Joseph M . Ostrow has been appointed Master Mechanic and in 1961 he was Assistant General Manager of Pricing appointed Supervisor of C a r Mainte- Herbert A . Barker has been appointed with headquarters i n N e w Y o r k . nance-Freight, the position he held prior to the position of Captain of Police, M r . Ostrow joined the Central as a to his present assignment. G r a n d Central T e r m i n a l and Hudson D i - Research Assistant i n 1956 following a visions with headquarters in N e w Y o r k . term of service as an officer in the U . S. M r . Barker, began his railroad career A r m y Transportation Corps. In 1960, he with the N Y C as a Patrolman in 1945. He was appointed Director of Market Re- progressed through the ranks of the Cen- search, and in 1964 he was named M a n - tral's security force and was appointed ager of Pricing for agricultural and food Detective Lieutenant in 1958, the posi- commodities, the position he held prior tion he held prior to present promotion. to his present assignment. Paul R. Oliver Victor F. Kania Victor F . Kania has been appointed to the position of Manager of Heavy Re- pairs and Special Equipped Cars with headquarters in N e w Y o r k . M r . K a n i a began his career with the Central in 1936 as a C a r Repairer i n Herbert A. Barker John J. Keon Richard H. Steiner Frederick I. Doebber Detroit, M i c h . Since then he has held various positions i n the M e c h a n i c a l D e - EASTERN DISTRICT Richard H . Steiner has been appointed partment, including: Repair T r a c k In- John J. Keon has been appointed to the position of Manager of Pricing Re- spector; Special Inspector; General In- Transportation Superintendent with search with headquarters i n N e w Y o r k . spector and in 1963 he was appointed headquarters in Rochester, N . Y . M r . Steiner joined the Central's M a r - Supervisor of C a r Maintenance-Special M r . K e o n started his career with the ket Research Department i n 1960. H e Equipment, the position he held prior Central as a Messenger i n N e w Y o r k was promoted to Industry Planning to his present assignment. City in 1945. After serving there in Analyst in 1962, where he concentrated Americus Vitale has been appointed ous clerical capacities he was appointed on the development of N Y C ' s grain rate to the position of Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer at the East Rochester and equipment programs. In 1964, he with headquarters in N e w Y o r k . C a r Shop i n 1957. H e was named Super- was named Manager of Agriculture In- M r . Vitale joined the Central in 1929 visor of Y a r d Procedures at Elkhart. dustry Services, the position he held as Assistant M e c h a n i c a l Engineer, the Ind. in 1959, and was made Assistant prior to his present appointment. position he held prior to his present Trainmaster at Indianapolis, Ind. in 1960 assignment. and Trainmaster at Albany, N . Y . in OPERATING DEPARTMENT 1962. H e has been T e r m i n a l Superin- Frederick I. Doebber has been ap- NEW YORK DISTRICT tendent at Central's Frontier Y a r d . Buf- pointed Operation Planning Engineer Ronald Ashton has been appointed to falo, N . Y . , since 1963. with headquarters in N e w Y o r k . the position of Suburban Trainmaster for Joseph L . Krajcer has been appointed M r . Doebber joined the Central as a N Y C ' s Hudson and H a r l e m Divisions Terminal Superintendent with head- C l e r k in the Transportation Department with headquarters i n N e w Y o r k . quarters i n Frontier Y a r d . Buffalo. N . Y 12 New York Central Headlight Mr. Krajcer joined the Central i n Edward J. Larivey has been appointed that location, the position he held prior 1941 as a Messenger i n the Transporta- Terminal Trainmaster with headquarters to his present appointment. tion Department at East Buffalo, N . Y . in Frontier Y a r d , Buffalo, N . Y . Thomas E . Slowey has been appointed He advanced as Clerk, Checker, Y a r d - M r . Larivey joined the Central as a Chief of Police, with jurisdiction over master, and General Yardmaster. In Switchtender in 1942 at East Buffalo, the L a k e and Toledo Divisions with 1962 he was appointed T e r m i n a l T r a i n - N . Y . Leaving the N Y C as a Y a r d Brake- headquarters in Cleveland, O. master at Frontier Y a r d , the position he man in 1943 for military service, he re- M r . Slowey joined the Central as a held prior to his present assignment. turned in 1945, advancing to Yardmas- Patrolman in his hometown of Syracuse, William A . Marx has been appointed ter i n 1956 and General Yardmaster in N . Y . in 1947. In 1956 he was promoted to the position of D i v i s i o n Engineer with January, 1965, the position he held prior to Sergeant at Watertown, N . Y . F r o m headquarters in Rochester, N . Y . to his present appointment. 1957 to 1964 he was Lieutenant at M r . M a r x , a native of M o n r o e , M i c h , Corning, N . Y . , Rochester, N . Y . , and joined the Central in 1956 as Assistant Syracuse, N . Y . In November 1964, he Industrial Engineer at Detroit, M i c h . was advanced to Captain of Police at After serving successively as Bridge In- N e w Y o r k City, the position he held at spector, Assistant Supervisor of Bridges the time of his recent promotion. and Buildings, and Office Engineer at Jackson, M i c h . , Office Engineer and Supervisor of Track at Cleveland, O., and Assistant Division Engineer and D i - vision Engineer of T r a c k at Toledo, O., he was appointed Division Engineer at John L. Stanek Edward J. Larivey Chicago, Ill., i n June, 1965, the posi- tion he left for his new assignment i n Paul V . Curran has been appointed to Rochester. the position of Trainmaster with head- quarters at Massena, N . Y . M r . C u r r a n first worked for the N Y C during school vacations on the Boston RAIL QUIZ & A l b a n y Division of the Central as Answers on page 15 Trucker, and Signal Helper at Worcester 1. The first steam train in N e w Y o r k and a Laborer at Framingham, Mass. State ran from A l b a n y to Schenec- After serving two years with the U . S. tady i n - 1 8 4 0 , 1877, 1831 or 1816? A r m y , he returned to the Central as a 2. Is a freight haul in which two or more Carpenter at Allston. Mass. in 1963. In railroads participate called an inter- 1964, he went to N e w Y o r k as a Freight line haul, an interrail haul, or a com- Transportation Inspector in the N Y C ' s bination haul? Joseph L. Krajcer Donald F. Dillon Transportation Trainee Program and in 3. Was the first electric locomotive op- 1965 he was appointed Assistant T r a i n - erated on an A m e r i c a n railroad Donald F . Dillon has been appointed master at Jackson, M i c h . , the post he placed in scheduled service at N e w Trainmaster at D e W i t t Y a r d with head- leaves for his new position at Massena. Y o r k , Baltimore, M d . , Erie, Pa. or quarters in Syracuse, N . Y . M r . D i l l o n joined the Central as a Detroit? Ticket C l e r k in Syracuse i n 1948. H e WESTERN DISTRICT 4. Is a " B " unit Diesel-electric locomo- transferred to the Operating Department Robert E . Feeley has been appointed tive capable of independent propul- as Traveling C a r Agent i n 1956, he then Chief of Police for the Chicago area of sion? became successively N o - B i l l C l e r k , A s - the N e w Y o r k Central. H i s responsibili- 5. H o w does a sleeping car conductor sistant Supervisor of C a r Utilization, ties w i l l include the Indiana Harbor Belt keep track of the space occupied and District Service Supervisor and Assistant and Chicago River & Indiana railroads, unoccupied on his train—by memory, Trainmaster. In 1963, he moved to the Joliet branch and Kankakee Belt L i n e tickets presented, or diagram? Schenectady as Agent-Assistant T r a i n - of the Central and N Y C property east to 6. What is the difference between a pay- master, and has been Trainmaster at Elkhart, Ind. check and a payroll voucher? Massena, N . Y . since 1964, the position 7. W h i c h has more railway mileage — he held prior to his present appointment. Texas or M e x i c o ? John L . Stanek has been appointed to the position of Trainmaster with head- quarters at Boston. Mass. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT M r . Stanek started his career on the OPPORTUNITY Central as a Freight Transportation The N e w Y o r k C e n t r a l S y s t e m , in Inspector at N e w Y o r k City in 1961. H e its b e l i e f that its success as a c o m - moved to Detroit, M i c h , in January, p a n y d e p e n d s u p o n hiring the best 1962 as Assistant Trainmaster, and was q u a l i f i e d p e o p l e r e g a r d l e s s of race, c r e e d , color or n a t i o n a l o r i g i n , has a made Terminal Trainmaster at A v o n Robert E. Feeley Thomas E. Slowey clear a n d firm policy of e q u a l e m - Y a r d at Indianapolis in August, 1962. ployment opportunity. H e was promoted to Trainmaster at M r . Feeley began his railroad career In k e e p i n g w i t h this p o l i c y , r a c e , Newberry Junction, P a . and U t i c a . N . Y . in 1947 as a Patrolman at Syracuse, c r e e d , color or n a t i o n a l o r i g i n is not a factor in r e c r u i t m e n t , e m p l o y m e n t , in 1963, then D o c k Superintendent in N . Y . In 1953, he was made Sergeant at c o m p e n s a t i o n , p r o m o t i o n or a n y Ashtabula, O . and to Division Engineer Watertown, N . Y . , and in 1955 Lieuten- other aspect of e m p l o y m e n t . The of T r a c k at Detroit, M i c h . , in 1965, the ant at Buffalo, N . Y . and in 1957 Captain. Company will take positive, continu- position he held prior to his present In 1961 he moved to Cleveland as i n g action to insure c o n t i n u e d r e a l i - z a t i o n of this o b j e c t i v e . appointment. Inspector of Police and became Chief at March, 1966 13 C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S were in order as Harold M . Quinn (right) New DANIEL J . SHIELDS (left) retiring New York Central Freight York Central's Manager of Buildings in New York, presents Patrolman Agent at Utica, N. Y. receives Gold Pass from Edmund D. Daniel McCauley his retirement certificate after 25 years' service with Joslin, Division Superintendent, Mohawk & St. Lawrence the N Y C . Charles VanDemark (left) Supervisor Mailroom, Charlie Gam- Division, as Mrs. Lois Murphy, Program Chairman for the bino. Chief Elevator Starter and George Sheldon, Porter Leader look on. affair looks on. Wallace, W., Red Cap, Buffalo Watts, E . M . , Clerk, Buffalo Retired NEW YORK DISTRICT Widmer, R. L . , Truck Driver, Buffalo Angelette, G . , Laborer, H a r - Wisniewski, E . A . , Clerk, mon, N . Y . Buffalo Baay, C , Deckhand, Wee- Wodowski, W . A . , Brakeman, hawken, N . J . Buffalo Beetson, K . A . , Secretary, Worumn, H . , Laborer, ' A l l - New York ston, Mass. Burr, K . F . , Conductor, Wee- hawken, N . J . Carlo, P . , Machinist, H a r - mon, N . Y . Dimaria, S. M . , Laborer, Compiled by WESTERN DISTRICT Grand Central Terminal Bowsher, M . A . , Engineer, Drake, E . F . , Conductor, Chicago Grand Central Terminal Leonard H. Rose, Director of Employee Benefits Cook, T . E . , Switchman, E n - Hamilton, R. A . , Assistant glewood, Ill. Foreman, Croton, N . Y . Coutts, J . L . , Fireman, T o - Hays, L . D . , District Super- Fraize, H . H . , Clerk, F r a m - Jakubowski, V . W . , Patrol- Moore, S. A . , Signal Super- ledo, O. visor, New York ingham, Mass. man, Buffalo visor, Niagara Falls. N . Y . Craver, F . , Cleaner, Chicago, Holbert, J . J . , Head Clerk, Knauber, J . H . , Chief Demur- Moriarty, M . S., Clerk, Ill. French, T . R., Carman, East New York Springfield, Mass. Davidson, R. E . , Engineer, Rochester Car Shop rage Clerk, Syracuse. N . Y . Kunkel, K . F . , Supervisor Musheno, G. R., Brakeman, Elyria, O. Fusco, L . B . , Inspector Re- Kolb, H . D., Conductor, Syr- Fenters, H . I., Bridge Tender, Cash Reports, New York Jersey Shore, Pa. pairer, Buffalo acuse Division Chicago, Ill. McCabe, T . F . , Administra- tive Assistants, New York Glancy, J . C , Clerk, Water- Leach, E . C , Signal Main- Oakleaf, E . C , Carpenter, Gardner, L . A . , Brakeman, Lyons, N . Y . Renz, F . , Carman, Harmon, town, N . Y . tamer, West Haverstraw, Parker, G . J . . Terminal Fore- Toledo, O. N. Y. N. Y. man, Worcester, Mass. Karst, L . M . , Operator Lever- Golden. D . F . , Signal Main- Rosenberger, H . G . , Steam tainer, Selkirk, N . Y . Lichty, P . R., Inspector-Re- Pliska, G . , Conductor, A l - man, Cleveland, O. Crane Foreman, Mott pairer, Albany, N . Y . bany, N . Y . Lambert, G . R., Foreman, Haven, N . Y . Hess, A . A . , Brakeman, Lombardozzi, O . , Laborer, Roberts, C . E . , T r u c k e r , Adrian, Mich. Schmidt, F . , Locksmith, New Utica, N . Y . Hudson Division Palmer, Sr., R. H . , Brake- Syracuse, N . Y . York Hoffman, E . R., Machinist, McCartney, J . , Steward, Buf- Royal, N . C , Engineer, Mo- man, Hillsdale, O. Weston, H . , Chef, New York East Syracuse, N . Y . falo hawk Division Severino, L . , Carman, Ashta- Wilson, R., Laborer, Electric Holbert, C. H . , Gateman, Miller, G . S., Clerk, Cherry Stenger, F . W . , Engineer, bula, O. Division Buffalo Tree, Pa. Corning, N . Y . Skinner, A . F . , Stationary Fireman, Collinwood Diesel Shops EASTERN DISTRICT Slivka, G. J . , Trucker, Cleve- land, O. Austin, W . , Chef, Buffalo Smith, W . H „ Switchtender, Barnett, H . F . , Fireman, Syr- Cleveland, O. acuse Division Stranigan, Q. C , Fireman, Becker, C. A . , Conductor, Englewood, Ill. Syracuse Division Tiedmann, A . , Coach Cleaner, Brindisi, P. A . , Laborer, Worcester, Mass. GOLD Chicago Young, T . O., Trucker, Cleve- Burns, J . V . , Lineman, Roch- land, O. ester, N . Y . Cairns, L . D . , Trucker, A l - PASSES bany, N . Y . Cardinale, D . S., Laborer, Clearfield, P a . AWARDED SOUTHERN DISTRICT Case, E . G . , Truck Driver, Burford, C . L . , Brakeman, Buffalo Chouffet, R. H . , Trainman, 50-YEAR Indianapolis, Ind. Deardorff, C . O., Repair West Springfield, Mass. Foreman, Bellefontaine, O. Colucci, A . R., Agent, F a r n - ham, N . Y . SERVICE Dover, L . B . , Yardmaster, West Columbus, O. Copper, A . J . , Switchman, Fritch, L . L . , Conductor, Co- Boston Division Courville, W . L . . Conductor, VETERANS lumbus, O. Hastings, W . R., Agent, Beacon Park, Mass. Belle, W . V a . Day, L . R., Conductor, A d i - Lacy, R. T . , Fireman, In- rondack Division diana Division Deluca, J . M . , Brakeman, Martin, F . A . , Laborer, Syracuse, N . Y . T W O VETERAN SYRACUSE Locomotive Engineers are honored for Charleston, W . V a . Drexler, J . R., Fireman, Buf- completing a century of combined service on the New York Central. Moore, W . H . , Laborer, Kan- falo Division kakee, Ill. Duseau, J . O., Sergeant, Bos- Carl Smith (left) and James J. Sheedy hold Life Time Gold Pass and Rice, W . W., Laborer. Avon, ton, Mass. personal letters of commendation from NYC's District General Man- Ind. Eckerlin, H . C , Conductor, Robinson, C. W . , Operator, DeWitt, N . Y . ager Edward L. Claypole of Syracuse. Road Foreman George H. Nitro, W . V a . Erwin, W . D., Assistant Dis- Miller made the presentation. Both men are still in active service. Romp, E . , Engineer, Ohio patcher, Syracuse, N . Y . Division Fenlon, J . H . , Brakeman, Rose, H . R., Conductor, F u l - Worcester, Mass. tonham, O. Forgione, A . , Laborer, Syra- Schablik, E . M . . Machinist, cuse Division Indianapolis, Ind. 14 New York Central Headlight Photo by Edward C. Brandon--Albany, N. Y. RETIREMENT CERTIFICATE and serv- VETERAN RAILROADER James M. Donovan, (right), Divi- J O H N G . CASTLE (right) Assistant ice pin are presented to Charles R. sion Freight Sales Manager, at Albany, N. Y., poses with Director Labor Relations, receives Boiler (right), Clerk at Anderson, Ind., his wife and Mayor Erastus Corning at a testimonial dinner Gold Pass from Leo B. Fee, Vice Presi- by Trainmaster E. K. Beemer after celebrating his retirement after almost 50 years' service dent, Employee Relations after 45 47 years* of NYC service. with the New York Central. years' of N Y C service. Smith, O. B., Electrical Worker. Rochester, N . Y . NORTHERN DISTRICT Moore, A. C , Telegraph Op- erator. St. Thomas. Ont. INDIANA Toyia, A . J . , Hostler, Gibson, Ind. Solak, W. F . , Trackman, Ohio Barr, L . A . , Yard Brakeman, Piett. W. E . , Fireman, Can- HARBOR BELT Division Ventresca, J . , Car Inspector, Canada Division Burrell, W . E . , Conductor, ada Division CHICAGO RIVER Rood, H . T . , Foreman, Niles, Columbus, O. Wiley. F . F . . Foreman, In- Canada Division C r e s s y , C. A . , Foreman, De- Mich. Carroll, M . , Carman, Gibson, Ind. & INDIANA diana Division troit, Mich. Rossi, D. Laborer, East Frundle, L . R., Switchtender, Smalley, M . V . , Switchman, Wilson, A . , Laborer, Marin. Lancaster. A . L . . Assistant Gary, Ind. Blue Island, Ill. Chicago O. Chief Clerk. Detroit, Mich. Russett, W . , Clerk, Detroit, York, C, Car Inspector, Maxwell, V . C , Carpenter Mich. Duane, Ind. Foreman, Jackson, Mich. Schaber, H . , Engineer, De- troit. Mich. Seburn. J. B., Foreman, Can- ada Division Smith. H . I., Clerk, Detroit, Mich. Answers Stevens, K. F . , Clerk, Detroit, . . . to R a i l Quiz on page 13 Mich. 1. 1831. Wright, S., Trucker, Detroit, Mich. 2. Interline haul. 3. Baltimore, M d . 4. Yes, but is not equipped to operate PITTSBURGH & singly or as a lead unit in a locomo- LAKE ERIE tive combination. Nezbit, G., Laborer, McKees Rocks, Pa. 5. M a i n l y by diagrams. Tickets pre- A M O N G RECENTLY RETIRED employees of the Osman. H . L . , Upholsterer, sented, plus cash receipts, must check Central are, left: Walter H. Dawson, Coach Repairer McKees Rocks. Pa. Panella, P. A . , Gang Fore- with space occupied. in the Passenger Car Department, Beech Grove, Ind.; man, New Castle. Pa. 6. N o difference. center: John Panetti, Welder Helper, Pittsfield, Mass.; Terwilliger, W., Clerk, Col- lege, Pa. 7. Texas. right: Premo Ortelli, Secretary in office Assistant Vice Wilson, J . E . , Conductor, President Equipment, New York. Pittsburgh, Pa. Don't Wait! Sign Up for Medicare Now T o get full benefits from medicare you must sign up for • Cannot get a second chance to sign up until October 1, them now. Y o u can lose thousands of dollars in benefits if you 1967. fail to sign up or if you sign up late. • Cannot get medical coverage before July 1, 1968. Almost everyone over 65 eligible • W i l l pay 300 a month more in premiums. W i t h few exceptions all persons 65 or older can get How to sign up for medicare medicare benefits. Y o u don't have to get monthly railroad retirement or social security benefits in order to get medicare. Eligible persons on the benefit rolls of the Railroad Retire- People who work and, until January 1. 1968. people who have ment Board or the Social Security Administration got applica- never worked (wives, parents, etc. ) are also eligible. tion cards in the mail. These cards should be filled out and returned right away. Delay costs money A l l other railroad employes and their wives, contact the It can cost you money if y o u wait to sign up. A person age nearest Railroad Retirement Board field office, where you can 65 before January 1, who does not sign up for supplemental get the answers to all your questions and take action to be medical insurance by M a r c h 31, 1966: sure you get medicare benefits. March, 1966 New York Journal-American photo Outstanding Police work... was recognized recently as N Y C President A l f r e d E . Perlman (left) pre- sented a $500. 00 contribution to the N e w Y o r k C i t y Police Relief F u n d . The presentation was made to former Police Commissioner Vincent L . Broderick at New Y o r k C i t y Police Headquarters, in recognition of the outstanding police work done by his men at the G r a n d Central Terminal area and N e w Y o r k Central's Bronx stations during the N e w Y o r k C i t y transit strike January 1-13. Public expresses its appreciation... to the N e w Y o r k Central people for the fine way in which they handled throngs of additional riders during the N e w Y o r k City transit strike. James M . L o c o n t o (right), Director of Suburban Service, looks over some of the many letters received from riders expressing their appreciation. L o o k i n g on is his staff (left to right) Kenneth B . Buxbaum, Statistical Analyst; Barry J . Kaas, Suburban Planning Engineer; E d i t h M . Roeder, Secretary and D o n a l d O . Eisele, Manager of Suburban Planning. N e w Y o r k City M a y o r John V . Lindsay summed up the feelings of the public in this letter he sent to the Central: "I want to compliment y o u for the superb job y o u did under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Please extend my appreciation to all the employees of the N e w Y o r k Central System. I am proud of the citizens of our C i t y for the patience and cooperation which they displayed during the strike. "
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