Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Empire State Parade






Howard Fogg painting of the New York Central's "Empire State Express" speeding through the Mohawk Valley in the 1890s.


Analysis of Passenger Train Performance Between New York City* and Buffalo via the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, Erie, Lehigh Valley, New York Central and West Shore Railroads.
(Compiled from January 1901 The Official Guide of the Railways by Michael Connor)


                                  Westbound 
(Departure  Railroad Train No. Arrive- Miles-Stops** Elapsed Time Average Speed  Name)

1215A-DL&W#15-1245P-409 - 36 - 12’30” 32.7         New York, Oswego, Buffalo and Chicago Express 
830A -NYC #51 - 445P -439.5- 4 - 8’15”     53.3         Empire State Express 
835A -LV #1 - 935P –449.8- 46 - 13’00” - 34.6           Day Express 
845A -NYC #3 - 720P -439.5- 6 - 10’45” - 41.5           Fast Mail 
915A –Erie #1 - 800P - 423 - 29 - 10’45” - 39.35        Day Express 
920P –NYC #33 – 845A -439.5- 6 - 11’25” - 39.06      Buffalo and South- western Special 
1015A-DL&W #3- 800P – 409 - 22 - 9’45 - 41.9          Lackawanna Limited 
1030A-NYC #7 - 1120P -439.5- 30 - 10’50” - 40.6      Day Express 
1214P-LV #9 - 955P -449.8- 13 - 9’41” - 46.4            Black Diamond Express 
100P -NYC #11 – 1155P- 439.5- 7 - 10’55” - 40.3      Southwestern Limited 
120P -DL&W #5 –1245A- 409 - 61 - 11’25” - 35.9     Chicago Vestibuled Express 
200P -NYC #21 - 130A- 439.5- 15 - 11’30” - 38.2      New York and Chicago Express 
300P -WS #1 - 150A- 429.2- 8 - 10’50” - 38.1           Continental Limited 
400P -NYC #17 - 310A- 439.5- 12 - 11’10” - 39.3      New York and Detroit Special 
530P -NYC #19 - 415A- 439.5- 4 - 10’45” - 41.5        The Lake Shore Limited 
600P -NYC #23 - 600A- 439.5- 9 - 12’00” - 36.2        Western Express 
630P –DL&W #7- 700A- 409 - 42 - 12’30” - 32.7       Chicago Vestibuled Express 
645P -WS #3 - 635A- 429.2- 15 - 11’50” - 38.1         Chicago & St Louis Limited Express 
745P -Erie #7 - 705A - 423 - 18 - 11’20” - 37.3         Buffalo & Cleveland Express 
800P -NYC #29 - 725A- 439.5- 10 - 11’25” - 38.5      Pan-American Express_ 
800P -DL&W #9- 745A- 409 - 15 - 11’45” - 34.8        New York, Ithaca, Richfield Springs and Buffalo Express 
815P -LV #7 - 755A- 449.8- 17 - 11’40” - 38.5          Exposition Flyer  
830P -WS #19 - 755A- 429.2- 9 - 11’25” - 37.5        Fast National Limited 
915P -LV #5 - 1215P-449.8- 59 - 15’00” - 29.9         Night Express 
930P –NYC #37 - 1215P -439.5- 31 - 14’45” - 29.8   Pacific Express 
930P -Erie #3 -1130A- 423 - 35 - 14’ - 30.2              Pacific Express 
945P -WS #5 -1225P-429.2- 84 - 14’40” - 29.3        Pacific Express 
Summary: 27 West Trains Daily in 1901. Fastest was NYC&HR #51, the Empire State Express, 8’15” (4 intermediate stops) with an average speed of 53.3 MPH__________ 
*New York City for NYC&HR, Hoboken for DL&W, Jersey City for Erie and LV, and Weehawken for 
West Shore. 
** “Stops” include flag and conditional stops.