Pennsylvania Railroad Metroliner #860 Neck Tie
The Pennsylvania Railroad #860 Metroliner Coach/Snack Bar Car,was built by The Budd Company of Philadelphia Pennsylvania In 1968. It was given to The Railroad Museum Of Pennsylvania 1n 1995. Photo by Stan Feldman 6/4/2007.
The Metroliner program was originally a partnership between the Pennsylvania Railroad and the US DoT and the first two test vehicles were delivered for testing in 1968 with PRR livery. The Penn Central merger later that year resulted in the remainder of the cars being delivered with the PC logo.
The Metroliner was a premium express train service between Washington, D.C., and New York City in the United States from 1969 to 2006. It was first operated by The Penn Central Railroad, successor to the Pennsylvania Railroad, and later by Amtrak.
Originally operated with self-powered electric multiple unit cars, which were later replaced with locomotive-hauled trainsets due to their vastly decreasing reliability and other issues (such as being demoted to 90 miles per hour in the late 1970s), the train offered reserved business-class and first-class seating. A trip between New York's Pennsylvania Station and Washington, D.C.'s Union Station took approximately 2.5 hours.
Amtrak replaced Metroliner service with high-speed (150 mph or 240 km/h) Acela Express trainsets. Metroliner service was discontinued on 27 October 2006.