Actually more correctly,in a perfect world Penn Central would have never been, then ther would have been no need for Conrail. As history shows Conrail (U.S. government) saved railroads in the northeast that would have almost certainly floundered and colapsed.
Of course the statement in my post "In a perfect world Conrail will never die" is a statement of opinion rather than fact. I am more sentimental towards Conrail as a fallen flag because at it's inception I was just "coming of age" as a railfan. I was able to recognize the different railroads that went into CR, the types of locomotives (alco, emd, dewitt geeps...) quite a few of which would die while travelling through Rochester.
This forum is not the best place to defend Conrail, but I thought a quick post wouldn't be to far out of line...
In a perfect world CONRAIL and the FL 9 would never die !!!