I'd just like to share a personal observation from 1970. Living in northwest Pennsylvania at that time, I used to do some railfanning in the southern tier of New York State. I remember going to Olean, NY during Easter break to view and photograph the remenant of the Buffalo/Harrisburg Day Express. By this time, the train had been reduced to operating north and south bound on alternating days.
On this particular day, a cold, rainy April morning, the southbound train came into Olean with an E-unit in PC black, a baggage car, coach and caboose, looking like something from a misguided model train display on a Christmas layout in a department store.
As the train stopped at the station in Olean I asked a trainman why the caboose was on the passenger train. He informed me that the heat in the coach was inoperative so for the comfort of the crew, the caboose had been added to the consist. While I don't recall if there any passengers in the coach, this to me exemplified the PC's attitude in providing poor service. The Buffalo/Harrisburg train ceased the next year with the advent of Amtrak.
Art Audley, AA3RT
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