Trainsby Leslie Ragan
New York Central Railroad
This powerful image features the New York Central railroad line as envisioned in its Chicago station, displaying its array of engines, both the glitz of passenger service and the bread-and-butter of the freight lines.In 1867, American railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt, became president of the New York Central Railroad and through a series of mergers, formed the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. By 1930, after absorbing other large rail companies and reverting back to its original name, the New York Central was one of the leading lines connecting the Eastern seaboard with Midwestern cities. This powerful image, set at Chicago's La Salle Street Station with the Ceres-topped Board of Trade Building towering in the background, proudly displays each engine model of the Central fleet, from the old-fashioned steam engine to the post-war marvel of the Diesel and the Streamlined Steam marvel, The Twentieth Century Limited, designed by Henry Dreyfus, its front crest actually inspired by the Mohawk haircut. An inspired Ragan design that promotes both the glitz of passenger service and the bread-and-butter of the freight lines.