1960 Lackawanna Timetable

This would be one of the last Lackawanna timetables before the railroad merged with the Erie on October 17, 1960. The 16-page timetable is full of fluff, as the railroad really had only four trains a day between Hoboken and Buffalo (two of which continued to Chicago on the Nickel Plate). The timetable was made more complicated by schedule variations on weekends and holidays and connections with the Pennsylvania in Newark and the Nickel Plate and New York Central in Buffalo, but it could have easily fit on four pages.

Click image to download a 9.6-MB PDF of this timetable.

Page 5 notes that, in anticipation of the Erie merger, “Lackawanna trains operate over the tracks of the Erie Railroad between Binghamton, N.Y. and Elmira, N.Y.” According to Wikipedia, this 1958 change “added an hour to the scheduled time,” but the train’s time in this timetable is only 25 minutes longer than in 1954.

The Lackawanna wasn’t too healthy in 1960, having lost money in both 1958 and 1959. The Erie merger didn’t help; the combined railroad lost money in all but two of the following sixteen years, after which it was folded into Conrail.

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