Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Erie Railroad 100th Anniversary 1951

This postcard commemorates the Erie Railroad 100th Anniversary in 1951. The back of the card has the following description:
It was a great day on May 15, 1851 when the New York and Erie Railroad, now the ERIE RAILROAD, completed its first run from Piermont, N. Y., on the Hudson River to Dunkirk, N. Y. on Lake Erie. It was the longest railroad in the United States — 446 miles long — and an important milestone in American history.

This was the anniversary of completing the route from the "Great Lakes to the Sea." Construction of the railroad began in 1836, and it opened from Piermont to Goshen in1841.

In 1960, the Erie Railroad merged with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. It became part of Conrail in 1976. In 1983, remnants of the line became part of New Jersey Transit rail operations, and today most of the former Erie Railroad routes are operated by Norfolk Southern. (source: Wikipedia)

The video below is from the Erie Railroad 100th anniversary in 1951.

1 comment:

  1. That's really fascinating! Thanks for posting the postcard and the history lesson!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...