It was the first New York - Pittsburgh train to receive such cars while other notables on the route included the Duquesne, Iron City Express, Juniata, New Yorker, and Pittsburgh Night Express. The Pittsburgher, for obvious reasons, ran a very fast schedule as business travelers expected to arrive in their respective city by breakfast the following day for morning meetings. Mr. Stegmaier goes on to note that some companies, such as U.S. Steel and Kaufmann's Department stories, blocked out sections of the train five nights a week. In both directions the Pittsburgher departed late at night between 11 PM and Midnight, offering limited stops along the way and reaching its destination in about nine hours on the 440-mile corridor. After World War II the train continued receiving new equipment and
through the early 1950s continued to sell out regularly, averaging
nearly 150 passengers every trip.
(The Pittsburgher timetable, circa 1952.)
|Read Down Time/Leave (Train #61)
Time/Arrive (Train #60)
|11:59 PM (Dp)||0.0||New York, NY (Pennsylvania Station) (ET)||8:00 AM (Ar)|
|12:20 AM||10.0||Newark, NJ||7:42 AM|
|58.1||Trenton, NJ||6:48 AM|
|1:37 AM||85.9||Philadelphia, PA (North Philadelphia Station)||6:17 AM|
|111.4||Paoli, PA||5:50 AM|
|3:30 AM||194.6||Harrisburg, PA||4:10 AM|
|6:07 AM||325.4||Altoona, PA||1:45 PM|
|7:59 AM||399.2||Latrobe, PA||12:00 AM|
|8:49 AM||434.7||East Liberty, PA||11:14 PM|
|9:00 AM (Ar)||439.3||Pittsburgh, PA||11:00 PM (Dp)|
Its consist included a Class PB-70 combine, three 21-roomette sleepers, a 4-compartment/4-double bedroom/2-drawing room sleeper, sleeper-lounge (6-double bedroom/bar), diner, a pair of 12-duplex stateroom/4-double bedroom sleepers, and a 10-roomette/6-double bedroom sleepers. Additionally, the train handled a 10-section/1-compartment/1-drawing room sleeper as well as a 10-roomette/6-double bedroom sleeper from Roanoke via the Norfolk & Western at Hagerstown, Maryland and delivered to Harrisburg where they joined eastbound, #60. It is interesting to note that while the train did not operate during the dinnertime hour its diner remained opened for some time and still saw use offering early arrivals light meals, such as sandwiches.
Throughout the years the Pittsburgher never lost its elite, "All Pullman" status even as patronage disappeared throughout the 1950s. During this time the train still maintained a strong following but even it began feeling the effects by the 1960s. The PRR looked for ways to reduce the train's losses, including outright cancellation. By then, it less than half the ridership from just a decade earlier. Amid much reluctance, and with agreement by some of the directors, its cars were transferred to other trains including the eastbound Manhattan Limited and westbound Pennsylvania Limited. The once-proud Pittsburgher made its final run on September 13, 1964, at which time it handled no more than a baggage, three sleepers, and a diner. You can read more about other PRR trains by visiting the Pennsylvania Railroad section of the site, which can be reached from the top of this page.
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