2018-1: This venerable Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 is now wearing somber black Penn Central paint, but the tower sign is still classic red! In this photo by Ray Scott, the shadows are getting long as 4929 races past Lane Tower in West Newark, N.J., with a westbound train on track 4. The 1968 union of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central, with the addition of the New Haven one year later, made the largest railroad system in the East at the time. See our tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Penn Central merger in the First Quarter 2018 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!
Although the Missouri Pacific was never a high priority for us, we managed to photograph, either together or separately, operations of this railroad in six of the nine states in which it had a major presence before or within a few years after its merger with the Union Pacific in late 1982.
Financier James J. Hill became known as the “Empire Builder” for expanding the Great Northern into a transcontinental mainline connecting the Great Lakes with Seattle and British Columbia. With the arrival of the diesel era, the Great Northern owned and experimented with locomotives from nearly every builder, right up to the Burlington Northern merger in 1970.