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Title Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna R.R. (N.Y.), ca. Apr.1956.
Object Name Timetable
Catalog Number 2011.005.0272
Collection Hoboken Railroad Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna Railroad (New York), probably April 1956.

Fold-out brochure, 6-1/4" high x 20" wide; folded to 4" wide.

This publication for passengers is an itinerary with details about the route and points of interest. See notes for more about this train. See archives 2011.005.0095 for a fully imaged copy from 1957 and 2013.005.0202 for one from 1960.

Side 1 has the front and back covers as folded plus promotion of other trains on the westward and eartward routes.

Side 2 is the schedule and points of interest. Publication code at the bottom: 4-29-56-30M. This code indicates a date of April 29, 1956.

Hoboken which is where the rail passage originated or arrived is listed as Mile 1.0 (the railroad based its route on New York City.)
Hoboken is listed as elevation 7; population 50,676 and described as a point of interest:
Most densely populated city in the U.S. One square mile in area. Home of Stevens Institute of Technology.
LACKAWANNA TERMINUS, with Passenger Terminal,
Freight Terminal and Terminal Warehouse, covers
225 acres. Warehouse alone, with more than 1,132,000
square feet of floor space, covers four square city blocks.
WEST END. A junction, after passing through Bergen
Tunnel. Here the diesel-powered Boonton Line, over
which Lackawanna through-freight is handled, branches
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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 1956
Year Range from 1956.0
Year Range to 1956.0
Search Terms Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad
Lackawanna Railroad
Phoebe Snow (train)
Classification Transportation
Business & Commerce