CENTRAL'S NEW COMMUTER LOOK page 3
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
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
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
Daily News photographer
L a n e found one sitting proudly at
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
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
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-
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
NEW YORK DISTRICT Widmer, R. L . , Truck Driver,
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
EASTERN DISTRICT Slivka, G. J . , Trucker, Cleve-
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,
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-
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,
Solak, W. F . , Trackman, Ohio Barr, L . A . , Yard Brakeman, Piett. W. E . , Fireman, Can- HARBOR BELT
Ventresca, J . , Car Inspector,
Burrell, W . E . , Conductor,
ada Division CHICAGO RIVER
Rood, H . T . , Foreman, Niles,
Wiley. F . F . . Foreman, In-
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-
Seburn. J. B., Foreman, Can-
Smith. H . I., Clerk, Detroit,
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.
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
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. "