Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the collection reflects the decades of the 1850s through the 1930s, and includes the records of over two hundred railroad companies, real estate companies, and other related businesses, which comprised the combined rail systems of the New York Central Railroad, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Long Island Railroad, including merged lines, leased lines, and subsidiaries, and the pioneering Mohawk Valley lines extending from Albany to Lake Erie, and the records of the disparate lines which became the Long Island Railroad. The records include journals, ledgers, cash books, stock ledgers, etc.; and administrative, executive minutes, correspondence, annual reports, legal files, etc. In addition there is a collection of several hundred maps covering the period from 1796 to 1935.
Microfilm reels for Series I are located in boxes 242 (reels 1-56), 243 (reels 57-70), and 244 (reels 71-83).
The Penn Central Transportation Company records, 1796-1986 is arranged in five series: