It is no exaggeration to say that, in its heyday, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the greatest railroad in the world. It was certainly the largest (track-wise), hauled the most freight and passengers, had the most employees, and the largest earnings.
At its peak, the PRR had 23,000+ miles of track (a figure since eclipsed by modern Class I railroads). In 1929, the PRR owned 7,000 locomotives and 282,000 cars - many built at their railroad shops in Altoona. The PRR boasted the largest railroad shops in the world (the aforementioned Altoona), and the largest railroad yard in the world (Enola).
This illustrated timeline will attempt to provide a brief history of this great railroad, and also speculate on 1) why the PRR was so successful and 2) why the PRR died in such an ignominious way in the late-1960s/early-1970s.
This edition has 55 photos, with 34 of them in color.
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About the Author
Robert is President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, and Director of Programs and Education for the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. He has written several books on Civil War and railroad themes including "Retracing the Route of Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea", "Images of America: Kennesaw", and "The W&A, the General, and the Andrews Raid: A Brief History".
Robert is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has written and taught numerous adult Sunday School courses. He has also been active in choir ministries over the years, and has taught the Disciples Bible Study six times. He is the author of "A Brief History of Protestantism in the United States", "A Brief History of the Sacraments: Baptism and Communion", "Heaven and Hell: In the Bible, the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls", "The Crusades and the Inquisition: A Brief History", "Monks and Monasteries: A Brief History", and "Meet the Apostles: Biblical and Legendary Accounts".
Robert has also written several books on ghost towns in the Southwest, including "Death Valley Ghost Towns - As They Appear Today". He's also written extensively on ghost towns in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mojave National Preserve.
In 2005, Robert co-authored a business-oriented book entitled "Working Virtually: The Challenges of Virtual Teams".