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Penn Central Pin-Up by yankeedog Penn Central Pin-Up by yankeedog
For all my PC friends out there! Penn Central was a real train wreck between the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central Railroad and later the New Haven Railroad was added to the mess. Different cultures and operating ideologies led to the demise of Penn Central. It was difficult for me to find a slogan for PC that wasn't negative, it was a bad time for railroads and when Penn Central failed, it brought down the whole northeast and they all tumbled like a house of cards. Eventually the Federal Government stepped in to form Conrail.

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wv76erfan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
How can I get a print of this?  I've tried going through the shop, but when I do it's not there.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Though Penn Central was the worst half-baked line in history, that lady railroader isn't half bad! :D
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :-) Yeah, PC was a train wreck.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Personally I doubt if the fall of the railroads was due to competition from other transports at all. :( I believe it was just reckless and inexperienced leadership.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Probably true. PC happened in a bad economy too.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That explains it. I'm going to get a job soon for the Reading & Northern Railroad. I'm hoping I can help it get back on its feet should it have any troubles. :) Nothing hard work can't help. Plus they have a steam engine for passenger trains I hope to drive.
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Who would have thought anyone would ever get nostalgic about the Penn Central (rofl in 1970), yet Norfolk Southern has a unit painted in the PC colors. Sometimes time can heal all wounds.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, those were very desperate times. Time heals all things. :-) The PC Heritage Unit looks excellent!
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Pomfilo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
That's awesome! Love it!!!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The much maligned Penn Central, but I always like the look of their locomotives and green cabooses.
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ConorXPetunia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically, the Penn-Central merger could've worked, but it would've taken much more meticulous planning and a better management team on the "red" team. While the Pennsy was a great railroad in its heyday, its management was poor from around 1959 onwards. :(
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
There were a lot of things working against the Penn Central, the cultures, the union, the economic times, both roads were tired and the government wasn't helpful, but I think the economy was the biggest factor. of course Stuart Saunders was an idiot, the destruction of Penn Station is proof of that. While he made N&W a success, he really screwed the pooch with PC. Can you imagine the government allowing them to fail like that today. Then look how successful Conrail was afterwards? I put the failure squarely on Saunders. It's a shame.
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ConorXPetunia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saunders made alot of concessions that didn't have to be made, resulting in many of the savings that Perlman was hoping to achieve being butterflied away.

I am seriously considering modeling a *successful* Penn Central, as if the merger had gone a bit slower and had been planned better (And Saunders stays at the N&W XD). Basically, it'll just be Conrail in black and green paint. :giggle:
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Paul112554 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I would LOVE to be able to get this printed on a T-shirt !!!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I might be able to make you a dry transfer if you're still interested?
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HopefulGeorge Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Now this I like! Seeing a rather hopeful, and yet enticing, view of the biggest train wreck to ever hit the Northeast, is one which gives me reason to smile.

I like it very much, and thanks for posting, friend!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, PC was a real train wreck, literally. I grew up in Harmar, PA along the PRR Conemaugh Division, first watching PRR and the PC, followed by Conrail and now NS. I always loved those green cabooses on Penn Central.
-YD
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mafpientje Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
oeh i like!!!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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gibsart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Very nice work !
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gibsart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
You're welcome!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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NikkiThaTrizz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it but I hate Penn Central! They got rid of my two favorite railroads! Pennsylvania and New Haven!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Penn Central was a mistake. It was something that could never work. Taking to vicious competitors and making one company may have looked good on paper, but in reality is was an impossible match up. I miss the Pennsy.
-YD
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NikkiThaTrizz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Me 2 and i wasn't even born yet.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
I got to see the end of the Pennsy, Penn Central and Conrail. I wish I had seen the Pennsy under steam.
-YD
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NikkiThaTrizz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That would of been neat!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
I've seen PRR 1223 and 7002 under steam on the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster, PA. [link] Both locomotives are on display at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania now and no longer in service. [link]
-YD
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NikkiThaTrizz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Professional
very nice work
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
-YD
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Rishnai Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
This one feels more 3D than your other train pinups. Not sure why. Great to learn a bit about Penn Central in the process.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I don't know why that is, maybe it's the colors.
-YD
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Raakone Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Nice picture, I like it. The "Mating Worms" railroad never looked this good.
Ever read "That 70's Issue" of Trains? (A year or two ago), they had "The Bride Wore Black" about the merger.

Peace out,
~Ra'akone
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was a sad sad state of affairs. It makes you wonder what they were thinking when they merged, it was not a good mix no matter how you split it. I like that, "The Bride Wore Black", that says it all. When Penn Central went tits up, it was a sad day for railroading.

I didn't see the "That 70's Issue" of Trains, I was kid when that all went down, I just knew things had changed to my PRR and it wasn't for the good. I'll have to see if I can find a back issue.
-YD
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Love it!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Lyle! :-)
-YD
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