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Name Phoebe Snow (train)
Details 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.)
Number of Archive records 17.0
Number of Object records 0.0
Number of Library records 1.0
Number of Photo records 2.0

Associated Records

Image of Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Oct. 28, 1956.  - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Oct. 28, 1956. - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. October 28, 1956. Form 10. Pamphlet, color, 8-3/8" high x 8-1/8" wide; folded to 4" wide. Long distance trains for which Hoboken served as the eastern terminus for rail passage. Travel for the destination or origination of New York required using a bus, ferry or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (The Tubes) to get to or from Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken. Pages [8-9] are a system route map with through connections and other details Page 13 has a fare schedule Pages 14-15 is the station index See details: -upper left page 3: listing Hoboken as start of rail passage -text box bottom pg 4: How to Reach Lackaw

Image of The Lackawanna. March, 1957. Volume 3, No. 12. - Newsletter

The Lackawanna. March, 1957. Volume 3, No. 12. - Newsletter

The Lackawanna. March, 1957. Volume 3, No. 12. Published by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, New York, N.Y. Booklet, 8-1/4" x 11" high, 28 pp. including covers; illustrated. Four punched holes in left margin. House organ for employees of the D.L.& W. which included those at the Lackawanna Terminal and related operations in Hoboken. Main offices were in New York and to which passengers could be ticketed for travel to or from, but the rail part of the trip would begin or end at Hoboken. Issue has some content about Hoboken. Page [2]: photo of Chef Rudolf Harris in a galley (kitchen) of a Phoebe Snow dining car at Hoboken; three school children from Summit, N.J. are on

Image of The Lackawanna. December, 1957. Volume 4, No. 5. - Newsletter

The Lackawanna. December, 1957. Volume 4, No. 5. - Newsletter

The Lackawanna. December, 1957. Volume 4, No. 5. Published by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, New York, N.Y. Booklet, 8-1/4" x 11" high, 28 pp. including covers; illustrated. Four punched holes in left margin. House organ for employees of the D.L.& W. which included those at the Lackawanna Terminal and related operations in Hoboken. Main offices were in New York and to which passengers could be ticketed for travel to or from, but the rail part of the trip would begin or end at Hoboken. Issue has some content about Hoboken. Page [2]: 4 photos with caption HOBOKEN TEACHERS Visit Lackawanna AMONG the visitors to the Lackawanna at Hoboken recently was a group of g

Image of The Story of Phoebe Snow. Lackawanna R.R., [N.Y.], n.d., ca. 1949-1952. - Pamphlet

The Story of Phoebe Snow. Lackawanna R.R., [N.Y.], n.d., ca. 1949-1952. - Pamphlet

The Story of Phoebe Snow. Lackawanna Railroad, [New York], no date, possibly late 1949 to 1950. May have been a stock issue for use into the 1950s. Booklet with color cover, 3-3/4" high x 6-7/8" wide, unpaginated [24 pp.] Route map on back cover. This publication is about the fictional advertising character used for several decades by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. An actual train bearing that name first operated Nov. 15, 1949 from Hoboken to Buffalo, N.Y. Consists mostly of Phoebe Snow advertising jingles. They are in three sections: The Original Phoebe Snow Jingles. From the Turn of the Century to World War I; Phoebe Snow's World War II Jingles; Phoebe Praises Lacka

Image of The Story of Phoebe Snow & Reprints of Original Phoebe Snow Jingles. Lackawanna R.R., [N.Y.], n.d., probably July 1943. - Pamphlet

The Story of Phoebe Snow & Reprints of Original Phoebe Snow Jingles. Lackawanna R.R., [N.Y.], n.d., probably July 1943. - Pamphlet

The Story of Phoebe Snow and Reprints of Original Phoebe Snow Jingles. Lackawanna Railroad, [New York], no date, probably July 1943. Booklet with color cover, 3-5/8" wide x 6-3/4" high, unpaginated [24 pp.] This publication about the fictional advertising character was issued six years before the actual train bearing that name first ran (Nov. 15, 1949). The jingles are from advertising campaigns used over the decades. See notes. Main text and a few typical jingles (from pp [8-9]) are below: THE NAME OF PHOEBE SNOW The name "Phoebe Snow" and "The Road of Anthracite" are synonymous because in the early days coal was closely identified with the origin of the Lackawanna Railro

Image of Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna R.R. (N.Y.), ca. Oct. 1957. - Timetable

Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna R.R. (N.Y.), ca. Oct. 1957. - Timetable

Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna Railroad (New York), probably October 1957. 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 and also some text from the schedule. See archives 2011.005.0272 for a copy from 1956 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: 10-27-57-20M. This code indicates a date of October

Image of Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. July 4, 1959.  - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. July 4, 1959. - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. July 4, 1959. Form 10. Pamphlet, color, 8-5/8" high x 8-1/8" wide; folded to 4" wide. See archives 2011.005.0136 for a 1956 issue that is essentially the same and fully imaged. Long distance trains for which Hoboken served as the eastern terminus for rail passage. Travel for the destination or origination of New York required using a bus, ferry or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (The Tubes) to get to or from Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken. Pages [8-9] are a system route map with through connections and other details Page 13 has a fare schedule Pages 14-15 is the station index See details: -upper left pa

Image of Booklet: The Lackawanna. "The Route of Phoebe Snow" 1851-1951. A Centenary Address. Wm. White. Newcomen Society, 1951. - Pamphlet

Booklet: The Lackawanna. "The Route of Phoebe Snow" 1851-1951. A Centenary Address. Wm. White. Newcomen Society, 1951. - Pamphlet

The Lackawanna. "The Route of Phoebe Snow" 1851-1951. A Centenary Address. William White. Published by the Newcomen Society in North America, 1951. Second printing, October 1951 (same month as first printing.) Booklet, 6" x 9", 40 pp., illustrated (frontispiece, black-and-white cuts.) PDF on file. White was the President of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and delivered this address on the centennial of the founding of the D.L. & W. to the Society at a Luncheon at the The Pierre [Hotel], New York City on October 26, 1951. Useful historical sketch of this railroad including background on directors past and present. Full text of introduction of White and his address starts

Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna R.R. (N.Y.), ca. Apr.1956. - Timetable

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

Image of Erie Lackawanna Railroad Magazine, Vol. 59, No. 4, July/Aug. 1963. Last issue. (Phoebe Snow cover.) - Newsletter

Erie Lackawanna Railroad Magazine, Vol. 59, No. 4, July/Aug. 1963. Last issue. (Phoebe Snow cover.) - Newsletter

Erie Lackawanna Railroad Magazine, Volume 59, No. 4, July / August 1963. (Phoebe Snow cover.) Last issue of publication. 16 pp., 8-1/2" x 11", photo illustrated. PDF on file. Ceasing publication after nearly 59 years as the house organ for the Erie Railroad and then its post-1960 successor, Erie-Lackawanna Railroad (see page 13 for notice), the cover featured the revival Phoebe Snow passenger train that was restarted on August 1, 1963 at Hoboken. Running to Chicago, it no longer went through Buffalo. A small article is on page 2. The publication was ending because the railroad was losing money and cutting costs wherever it could. The Phoebe Snow article was even rather cautious abo

Image of Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Sept. 5, 1960. - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Sept. 5, 1960. - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. September 5, 1960. Form 10. Pamphlet, color, 8-5/8" high x 8-1/8" wide; folded to 4" wide, 16 pp. This schedule would be the last system one issued by the Lackawanna (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) Railroad as the merger with the Erie would take effect in October 1960 and the companies then operated under the new name, Erie Lackawanna. Long distance trains for which Hoboken served as the eastern terminus for rail passage. Travel for the destination or origination of New York required using a bus, ferry or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (The Tubes) to get to or from Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken. Pages [8-9]

Image of Miss Phoebe again welcomes you to the Erie Lackawanna. Issued by the Erie-Lackawanna R.R., n.d., ca. July or later, 1963. - Brochure

Miss Phoebe again welcomes you to the Erie Lackawanna. Issued by the Erie-Lackawanna R.R., n.d., ca. July or later, 1963. - Brochure

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-dis

Image of Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna R.R. (N.Y.), ca. Jan. 1960. - Timetable

Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna R.R. (N.Y.), ca. Jan. 1960. - Timetable

Timetable: The Phoebe Snow. Daylight Trip, New York - Buffalo. Lackawanna Railroad (New York), probably January 1960. Fold-out brochure, 6-1/4" high x 20" wide; folded to 4" wide. PDF on file. This publication for passengers is an itinerary with details about the route and points of interest. See notes for more about this train and also some text from the schedule. See archives 2011.005.0095 for a fully imaged copy from 1957 and 2011.005.0272 for one from 1956. 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: 1-25-60-20M. This code indi

Image of Menu: Lackawanna Railroad. "The Phoebe Snow." Buffet Menu. Dated March 25, 1960.
 - Menu

Menu: Lackawanna Railroad. "The Phoebe Snow." Buffet Menu. Dated March 25, 1960. - Menu

Menu: Lackawanna Railroad. De Luxe Daylight Streamliner " The Phoebe Snow " Between New York and Buffalo. Buffet Menu. Dated March 25, 1960. Printed folio gloss cover stock, 6-1/2" wide x 10" high, [4] pp; 2 punched holes at right on cover (apparently for a file binder); ink notation on cover for date: 3/25/60. This menu was not for the single date, but was printed or first used on March 25, 1960 (the date also appears printed at the bottom left of page [2]). Food service including this menu was managed from Hoboken (the eastern rail terminus for the train even though it states "New York" - ferry was required to and from N.Y. via Hoboken.) Listed is: J.R. Meredith, Dining Car Service

Image of Placemat: Lackawanna Railroad. The Route of Phoebe Snow. No date, ca. 1951-1960. - Placemat

Placemat: Lackawanna Railroad. The Route of Phoebe Snow. No date, ca. 1951-1960. - Placemat

Placemat: Lackawanna Railroad. The Route of Phoebe Snow. Used by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad for dining car service, circa 1951-1960. (Dining Car Department was headquartered in Hoboken; in late 1960 the Lackawanna Railroad became the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad.) Color printed linen-finish paper, 11" x 17" wide, scalloped edge. Depicts locomotive DLW 820 (model EMD E8A, built May 1951) which was used in advertisements, timetables, etc. throughout the 1950s. This placemat may have been in general use on long distance passenger trains other than the Phoebe Snow.

Image of Timetable, centennial: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Apr. 29, 1951. - Timetable

Timetable, centennial: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Apr. 29, 1951. - Timetable

Timetable, centennial: 1851 - One Hundred Years - 1951. Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. April 29, 1951. Form 10. Pamphlet, color, 8-5/8" high x 8-1/8" wide; folded to 4" wide, 16 pp. Except for the text on the cover (actually page [16]), "1851 - One Hundred Years - 1951" there is no other mention of the centennial of the company. Long distance trains for which Hoboken served as the eastern terminus for rail passage. Travel for the destination or origination of New York required using a bus, ferry or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (The Tubes) to get to or from Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken. Pages [8-9] are a system route map with through connections

Image of Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Apr. 24, 1960. - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. Apr. 24, 1960. - Timetable

Timetable: Lackawanna Railroad, The Route of Phoebe Snow. Time Tables. April 24, 1960. Form 10. Pamphlet, color, 8-5/8" high x 8-1/8" wide; folded to 4" wide, 16 pp. This schedule would be the second to last one of the system issued by the Lackawanna (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) Railroad as the merger with the Erie would take effect in October 1960 and the companies then operated under the new name, Erie Lackawanna. Long distance trains for which Hoboken served as the eastern terminus for rail passage. Travel for the destination or origination of New York required using a bus, ferry or the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (The Tubes) to get to or from Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken.

Image of The Route of Phoebe Snow: A Story of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad.  - Book

The Route of Phoebe Snow: A Story of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. - Book

The Route of Phoebe Snow: A Story of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. By Sheldon. S. King. [Elmira Heights, N.Y.: Sheldon S. King, 1974.] 1st edition thus. 4to softcover (8-1/2" x 11". pp. ix, 165, illustrated, black-and-white photographs. An illustrated historical overview of D.L. & W. passenger service in the twentieth century. Includes reproductions of tickets, schedules / timetables, brochures, advertisements and dining car menus. Contents Introduction ............................................... 1 Chapter 1. The Morris and Essex ...................................... 35 Chapter 2. The Scranton Division in Pennsylvania .................... 57 Chapter 3. The Scra

Image of B+W photo of people commemorating final departure of train Phoebe Snow from Hoboken, Nov. 27, 1966. - Print, Photographic

B+W photo of people commemorating final departure of train Phoebe Snow from Hoboken, Nov. 27, 1966. - Print, Photographic

Black-and-white photo of people assembled for final departure of train Phoebe Snow from Hoboken, Nov. 27, 1966. 8" x 10" print. Photo taken by Associated Press (AP Wirephoto); integral caption in image at left. Reverse has holographic notes, publishing mark-up and inkstamp: Sun-Times Nov 29 1966 (this print from Baltimore Sun-Times Archives.) View is west of a crowd along a train platform (not inside the passenger shed) viewing two diesel locomotives; a ceremony celebrating the final departure of famous train. Two young men hold a hand-lettered banner sign in front of the engine: So Long "Phoebe". Text at left: (NY4) Hoboken, N.J. Nov. 28 -- PHOEBE SNOW MAKES FINAL RUN -- Erie Lackawa

Image of Color photo: The Phoebe Snow track gate sign, Erie Lackawanna Terminal, Hoboken, Aug. 15, 1965. - Transparency, Slide

Color photo: The Phoebe Snow track gate sign, Erie Lackawanna Terminal, Hoboken, Aug. 15, 1965. - Transparency, Slide

Color slide photo of track gate sign for passenger train, The Phoebe Snow, at Erie Lackawanna Terminal, Hoboken, August 15, 1965. 35mm Ektachrome mounted transparency. Photo by Richard F. Makse. Mount is blank except "EL-177" handwritten in green ink. Basic information about image provided by seller. View is west at the Track 11 lighted signboard for the 10:15 departure of the passenger train with station on its route listed on the board. To the right is a one-sheet poster advertising the Broadway musical Funny Girl at the Winter Garden. Between the gate kiosk and the advertisement is a slight view to the end car (probably one of the tavern / lounges, no. 789 or 790) of The Phoebe Snow