Last passenger train to a particular city

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Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby Anthony » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:45 pm

Can anyone out there tell me about the last passenger train to serve the following cities? I just need the name of the train, the name of the railroad that ran it, and the year of its discontinuance.

Cities:
- McAllen, Texas
- North Port – Sarasota – Bradenton, Florida
- Ft Myers, Florida
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Santa Rosa, Califorina
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Midland – Odessa, Texas
- Lubbock, Texas
- Fort Smith, Arkansas
- Gainesville, Florida
- Elmira – Corning, New York
- Monroe, Louisiana
- East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
- Abilene, Texas
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Pueblo, Colorado
- Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- Bangor, Maine
- Ithaca – Cortland, New York
- Wheeling, West Virginia
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Napa, California
- Jamestown – Dunkirk – Fredonia, New York
- Manhattan, Kansas
- Owensboro, Kentucky
- Waterbury, Connecticut
- Lowell, Massachusetts
- Bay City, Michigan
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby mtuandrew » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:38 pm

Lowell has MBTA service, and has had service from Boston continuously since B&M days. Not sure about through service to NH and beyond.
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby The EGE » Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:25 am

Lowell (MBTA Commuter Rail) and Waterbury (MNRR Waterbury Branch) have never lost service. Intercity service beyond them ended on June 30, 1967 (unnamed B&M service to Concord, NH) and December 1958 (unnamed New Haven service to Winsted).
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby RRspatch » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:00 am

Corpus Christi, Texas had service until the mid 1980's with the Texas Mexican railways "Tex Mex express" that ran between Corpus Christi and Laredo. Not sure what the last date was but the following web site has a picture of the train dated February 1986 -

https://www.american-rails.com/tex-mex.html

I seem to remember the train ran less than daily .... perhaps two or three times a week.
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby RRspatch » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:03 am

Napa, California of course has the Napa Valley Wine Train. There has also been talk lately of running commuter service on the same line.
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby Rockingham Racer » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:41 am

mtuandrew wrote:Lowell has MBTA service, and has had service from Boston continuously since B&M days. Not sure about through service to NH and beyond.


It sounds like the OP wants named trains. If so, the last State of Maine ran thru Lowell in 1960, I think. Whatever the date, I saw it go by Andover MA that night.

Since Bangor, ME is also on his list, this might be the last inter-city train to serve it, as well.

Tom Nelligan can help us here.
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby electricron » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:00 am

Per http://www.abilenevisitors.com/Historic ... king-Tours
The last T&P passenger train left the T&P depot in Abilene Texas in March 1967.
T&P train schedule pdf (1960)
http://streamlinermemories.info/South/T&P60TT.pdf
The T&P Westerner and MP Texas Eagle ran through Abilene daily.
I’m not sure which train was the last.

There have been a few attempts to move either Amtrak’s Sunset Limited or Texas Eagle to the route through Abilene which have never come to fruition.
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby D Alex » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:42 pm

Elmira was served by the Erie Lackawanna, so whatever day the Phoebe Snow last ran would probably be it....
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby ExCon90 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:16 pm

I don't have enough Guides handy, but weren't 5/6 The Lake Cities the last train at Elmira?
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby jonnhrr » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:47 pm

Maine Central ended passenger service in 1960 so that would include Bangor ME
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby CHTT1 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:40 pm

I'm curious. Why does the OP want the last passenger trains to serve 29 small to medium cities across the country? Writing a book? Just want to know? Making a case for more transit service to smaller cities?
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby Anthony » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:58 pm

I forgot to mention, I'm looking specifically for the last inter-city passenger service. Commuter rail and excursion services don't count. I'm asking because I want to include a note about the last passenger service to every city on the following list from Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_m ... il_service
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby Paul1705 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:34 am

Looks like the last train to Elmira was the Lake Cities, January 6, 1970.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Cities_(train)
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby bill613A » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:52 pm

Fayetteville and Fort Smith, AK-9/65 the Ft Smith section of the METEOR.

East Stroudsburg, PA & Jamestown, NY- 1/70 the LAKE CITIES'

Ithaca, NY-2/61 The LV MAPLE LEAF

Westfield & Fredonia , NY had service until 4/71

Pueblo, CO 4/71 SF Denver-LaJunta connecting train

Williamsport, PA 4/71 PC (every other day) remnant of the ex-PRR NORTHERN/SOUTHERN EXPRESS

Manhattan, KS 4/71 UP CITY OF KC
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Re: Last passenger train to a particular city

Postby scottychaos » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:27 am

Anthony wrote:C
- Ithaca – Cortland, New York


Ithaca and Cortland have different dates.

Cortland: July 1948.
Ithaca: February 3, 1961.

Both Lehigh Valley Railroad.

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