CLASSIC TRACK DIAGRAMS
NEW YORK CENTRAL
Former New York Central main line between Albany and Syracuse. At the time, much of the route had four tracks. Where four tracks existed, the south pair of tracks were used by passenger trains, and the north pair of tracks were used by freight trains. Unusual is that the freight trains used left hand operation, meaning that the inside tracks were westbound and the outside tracks were eastbound. Two tracks are shown through Syracuse, because passenger trains passed through downtown Syracuse, while freight trains used a separate route passing north of Syracuse. In the early 1970's, an expressway was constructed where the line through downtown Syracuse had existed, and passenger trains began using the freight route.
Unlike other track diagrams at this Web site, these track diagrams do not include switches, especially at interlockings, due to an unavailability of older track charts. But employee timetables included locations of all signals. Manual interlockings with towers are indicated with blue rectangles, interlockings were identified by number or letter included within the rectangles. Remote interlockings are indicated with red rectangles.