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Erie Railroad Timetables (August, 1952)

Published: February 21, 2024

By: Adam Burns

Featured below is the Erie's complete public timetables from the August, 1952 issue of The Official Guide Of The Railways.

The Erie Railroad, incorporated in 1832 as the New York and Erie Rail Road, was an influential American rail company connecting New York City and Lake Erie.

Its significance cannot be overstated as it drove the economic development of the Northeast, transforming New York City into the country's financial nerve center.

Its original main line, completed in 1851, was one of the longest railroads in existence at the time at over 483 miles. The Erie Railroad was known for its pioneering technologies, from being the first railroad to use telegraph and air brakes to constructing some of the earliest sleeping cars.

It underwent several structural changes over its history, with notable reorganizations in 1861, 1895 and 1938 due to financial difficulties. The Erie merged with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in 1960 resulting in the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

The 1970s were tumultuous with significant bankruptcy issues – ultimately, Conrail absorbed it in 1976.  Today, its legacy lives on in the surviving trackage still in use by other railroads, many museums honoring its memory, and the numerous towns along its route that it helped to flourish.

Public Timetables (August, 1952)

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