A postcard depicting a General Motor’s Aerotrain. From the back of the card: The New York Central System “The Road to the Future.” A General Motors “Aerotrain” is shown on display here at Buffalo, New York in Feb. of 1956. The train failed in regular operation and was in service on the Central less than a year. It was part of a futile effort to upgrade passenger service. Similar units were used briefly on the Pennsylvania and the Union Pacific Railroads. By 1969 the Road to the Future had proved to be the Road to Ruin. The card was distributed in 1970 by Owen Davies, Bookseller.
The Long Island Rail Road is a commuter rail system serving the length of Long Island, New York, stretching from Manhattan to the easternmost tip of Suffolk County, New York. It is the busiest commuter railroad in North America, serving nearly 335,000 passengers daily. Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is the oldest US railroad still operating under its original name and charter. There are 124 stations on the LIRR, and more than 700 miles of track on its two lines to the two forks of the island and eight major branches. It is publicly owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which has styled it MTA Long Island Rail Road. The current LIRR logo combines the circular MTA logo with the text Long Island Rail Road, and appears on the sides of trains. The LIRR is one of two commuter rail systems owned by the MTA; the other one is Metro-North Railroad. The LIRR is the only commuter passenger railroad in the United States to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with significant off peak, weekend, and holiday service.
Although the Pennsylvania Railroad ranked fourth in total mileage, it ranked first in operating revenues. It also owned the greatest number of locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. In it’s time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, and had a budget larger than that of the U.S. government with a workforce of about 250,000 people. The PRR still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history, as it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for over 100 years in a row.