Dedication of plaque June 14, 2007. Left to right: Rick Landel, Bob Watson, Al Buchan, Jim Homoki and George Else. Photo by Ken Briers.

 

HIGH SPEED RAIL TRANSPORTATION IN NORTH AMERICA

Here, at Princeton Junction, N.J., three significant railway speed records were established in the late 1960s
in preparation for the Northeast Corridor Demonstration Project, a joint venture of the United States Department
of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Railroad. This program marked the entry of the U. S.
into the era of modern, high-speed rail passenger transportation.

APRIL 2, 1967: FOUR UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
HIGH-SPEED TEST CARS, FORERUNNERS OF THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR METROLINERS,
REACHED THE SPEED OF 155.2 MPH.

DECEMBER 20, 1967: A UNITED AIRCRAFT CORP. TURBOTRAIN PASSED THIS POINT
AT 170.8 MPH DURING ACCEPTANCE TESTING BEFORE ENTERING REGULAR SERVICE
BETWEEN NEW YORK AND BOSTON.

1968 - 1969: EACH OF THE SIXTY-ONE ORIGINAL METROLINER CARS
EXCEEDED 160 MPH DURING ACCEPTANCE TESTING BEFORE ENTERING
SERVICE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON.

This monument is placed in recognition, honor, and memory of all those who worked in the industry
to upgrade the track, improve the signal system, enhance the electric traction system,
design and manufacture the vehicles; and conceive, plan and operate the service
that resulted from those historic events in the service of:

The Pennsylvania and Penn Central Railroads

The U. S. Department of Commerce and Transportation

The Federal Railroad Administration

Planning and Engineering Consultants

The Budd Company

The United Aircraft Company

The Pullman Standard Company

The General Electric Company

The Westinghouse Electric Company

The Westinghouse Air Brake Company

Other Members of the Railway Supply Industry

 

This marker is placed by the
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

with the support and assistance of

New Jersey Transit

Penn Central Railroad Historical Society

LTK Engineering Services

Bombardier Transportation successor to Budd, Westinghouse and Pullman Standard


Copyright 2008 National Capital Land Transportation Committee
Last modified: 08/12/08