Early Generation Pennsylvanian

Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian has had a long and colorful history. It began on April 27, 1980, as a Pittsburgh-Philadelphia train funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

It was intended to replace, in part, the National Limited, which had been discontinued on Oct. 1, 1979, a move that ended intercity rail passenger service to Columbus and Dayton.

Extended to New York in October 1983, Nos. 46 and 47 got off to a slow start from a ridership perspective. But it took off and by 1994 had become part of Amtrak’s basic network.

This image was made near Lewistown, Pennsylvania, on June 27, 1988.

The Pennsylvanian looked then like any other eastern corridor service train pulled by an F40PH with a string of Amfleet coaches and a cafe car trailing.

The photographer was with Paul Woodring when he made this image. They were on their way back to Ohio after a weekend on the Blue Mountain & Reading chasing a steam locomotive.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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One Response to “Early Generation Pennsylvanian”

  1. pwwoodring Says:

    Let me just correct that we had been to the Blue Mountain & Reading’s Railfan Weekend where there were TWO steam locomotives operating, BM&R 425, and ex-RDG 2102, plus their PRR painted E-units (long gone now), and the then newly-restored Reading Tech RDG freight units. A fine weekend with good weather the entire time. And while we were on our way to Ohio, I was outbound on vacation from Amtrak in the DC area, so I did go back to Maryland the next week.

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