The Penn Central Railroad Historical Society was formed to preserve the history and heritage of the railroads operated by the Penn Central Transportation Company. For many years, PC was not looked upon favorably by railroad enthusiasts or some former employees, as it brought to an end three popular railroads in the eastern United States: Pennsylvania, New York Central, and New Haven. Becoming the largest bankruptcy in the nation's history up to that time also cast scorn on the company.
Despite those issues, the Penn Central still was a very vital link in the nation's transportation system, and it operated on a wide variety of routes, many of which are gone today. It had a motive power roster with locomotives from five builders and a variety that could not be matched by any other railroad at the time. PC owned the nation's largest mainline electrification, and operated hundreds of electric locomotives and MU passenger cars.
A history like this needed to be preserved, especially in light of the fact that PC's railroad successor, Conrail, become a fallen flag itself on June 1, 1999. And so, a group of a dozen individuals met in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in October 1999, to put together what is today the Penn Central Railroad Historical Society. In July 2000, the PCRRHS began accepting new memberships.
The Society's primary communication with its members is its thrice-yearly publication, the POST. Named after the PC's own employee magazine, the POST features articles, drawings, and photographs on all topics Penn Central, including operations, railroadiana, tales from former employees, modeling, and the whereabouts of former PC equipment today.
More information about becoming a member can be found on our Membership page.
The PCRRHS also offers for sale other books, publications, and items of interest to the Penn Central fan. More information can be found in the Society Store.
2017 PCRRHS Officers and Trustees
President: Gary Farmer
Vice President: Craig Zeni
Secretary: Jim Hebner
Treasurer: Mike Beverley
Trustees: Jim Homoki, Jerry Jordak, Pat Livingston, David Owens, Michael Shirey