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