New York Central System Railroad Timetable, 1949

The grand New York Central was one of the country’s great railways. Overseen by Cornelius Vanderbilt, and headquartered in the Helmsley Building next to its flagship Grand Central Terminal, the railway system ran such iconic locomotives as the futuristic looking, Art Deco gem, the 20th Century Limited.

One of its main lines was the Hudson River Railroad, servicing commuters along the Hudson River. Back in 1949, the express service between Tarrytown and Grand Central took 43 minutes, not much longer than the 36 minutes of today. The Company went bankrupt in 1968, eventually becoming controlled by the MTA.