Penn Central train 62 between Chicago and New York was the nameless successor to the New York Central's Twentieth Century Limited and the ancestor of Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited. On a hazy summer morning, an imposing ex-NYC P2b electric sped a lengthy consist that included sleepers from Detroit and Toronto as well as Chicago through Mount St. Vincent station in the northernmost Bronx, 13 miles from Grand Central Terminal.
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The three biggest passenger carriers - Pennsylvania, New York Central, and New Haven - merged to create the ill-fated Penn Central, whose passenger losses and poor service led to the formation of Amtrak and state-owned commuter lines.