To go a little bit farther back before Amtrak... http://www.thejoekor...bles-panyc.html
They show the old PRR (http://www.thejoekor...able/index.html ) and NYC (http://www.thejoekor...able/index.html ) schedules from 1967 before the PC merger. They do have the NYC trains from PC in 1968 but not the PRR ones.
If I had to choose parts of PRR and NYC as a basis for East-Midwest travel in 1971, I probably take
New York-Chicago route (via Philly, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh). I'd also run a separate train New York-Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh-St. Louis route (via Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis).
Chicago-Louisville route (via Indianapolis). This could wind up merging the South Wind from Chicago to Florida using the Louisville & Nashville and Seaboard Coast Line routes shown in the PRR timetable).
New York-Chicago route (via Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo)
Boston-Chicago route (via Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Detroit)
Cleveland-Cincinnati route (via Columbus, Dayton)
Chicago-Cincinnati route (via Indianapolis). I would then continue this train to Columbus, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Baltimore, and Washington using the old PRR Cincinnati-Washington line. So this route would be NYC west of CIN and PRR east of it! PRR did have a Chicago to Cincinnati train but it skipped Indianapolis so the NYC route would be preferred.
There would be four main routes from Chicago to the East Coast.
To Boston via Detroit, Canada, Buffalo, and Albany (NYC)
To New York via Cleveland, Buffalo, and Albany (NYC)
To New York/Philadelphia via Pittsburgh, Harrisburg (PRR)
To Baltimore/Washington via Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg (NYC/PRR)
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, and Indianapolis would all have one direct line heading west to Chicago and east to the East Coast.
There could be some flexibility between the Cleveland and Detroit trains in terms of heading to New York and/or to Boston with a split at Albany and some flexibility between the Indy/Ohio and Canton trains heading to Philadelphia/New York and/or to Baltimore/Washington with a split at Harrisburg. I think having at least one to Boston, one to New York, one to Philadelphia (which continues to New York), and one to Baltimore/Washington is important as well as serving the key Midwestern cities.
If demand warrants, Cleveland-Cincinnati could be extended to New York and/or Boston although in 1967 there was no Ohio State Limited anymore. Maybe it could be a through car branch off of the New York-Chicago train at Cleveland. Technically you could do an all NYC routed train Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland-Buffalo-Albany-New York but that seems zig-zaggy. I couldn't find any route on PRR or NYC from Pittsburgh to Cleveland in either 1967 timetable. I don't believe PRR even served Cleveland then.
If demand warrants, St. Louis-Pittsburgh could be extended to Philadelphia/New York and/or Baltimore/Washington or the St. Louis-Pittsburgh leg could be a through car branch off of the New York-Chicago train at Pittsburgh.
This would have been far more than what Amtrak actually took. Could they have afforded it? Would something else have not been added to Amtrak to account for my proposed routes?
Also at the main scheduling page was a 1960 Lackawanna Railroad timetable which served Scranton, PA with service to New York and to Buffalo: http://www.thejoekor...able/index.html. It would be nice if Scranton had trains today.
Edited by Philly Amtrak Fan, 03 June 2016 - 08:26 AM.