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Title Miss Phoebe again welcomes you to the Erie Lackawanna. Issued by the Erie-Lackawanna R.R., n.d., ca. July or later, 1963.
Object Name Brochure
Catalog Number 2012.007.0046
Collection Hoboken Railroad Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a Friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Miss Phoebe again welcomes you to the Erie Lackawanna. Issued by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, no date, circa Summer of 1963.

Single folio, coverweight paper, 4-1/4" wide x 6-1/2" high, [4] pp.; die-cut oval window. 2 copies.

It includes a history of the fictional Phoebe Snow. Promotional text about the amenities of the train named Phoebe Snow is on page [4] where Hoboken is also is mentioned. The passenger train Phoebe Snow resumed service on August 1, 1963 from Lackawanna Terminal, Hoboken, after a three year hiatus (see notes.) This return, the "again" in the cover title, was the result of a change in its route and the railroad's attempt to capture some passenger revenue on long-distance trains.

Probably prepared in the railroad's main offices, it would certainly have been distributed in Hoboken and at many other locations.
Notes The Phoebe Snow. A long distance passenger train that was operated by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (Lackawanna Railroad) from New York (Hoboken) to Buffalo, 1949 to 1966.

The Lackawanna was known as the The Road of Anthracite (or The Anthracite Road) as well as the The Route of Phoebe Snow (or The Phoebe Snow Route.) A fictional character created for advertising campaigns about 1900, it became the name of a real route with service that started Nov. 15, 1949 and made its last westbound trip starting Nov. 27, 1966 (as the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad.) While New York was listed as the point of departure or arrival, it actually operated from Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken.
(In that seventeen year period, there was a hiatus from 1960-1963 because of track changes (see Tabor); resumed service at Hoboken August 1, 1963.)

Curiously, schedules listed Hoboken as mile 1.0 from or to New York as the railroad wished to make its service centered on New York City. The mile was taken as the Lackwanna Terminal's distance from the Barclay Street ferry terminal in Manhattan which the railroad owned and operated. (To depart or arrive in New York required a trip on their ferry service or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad- later PATH - subway.)
Date 1963
Year Range from 1963
Year Range to 1963
Search Terms Erie Lackawanna
Phoebe Snow (train)
Caption pg [1] front cover with oval die-cut window
Imagefile 123\20120070046.TIF
Classification Railroads
Business & Commerce