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Having lived, born and raised in the land of Penn Central/ConRail, I really did not become nostalgic for these roads until their departure.

A quick look at my HO collection and stacks of books and magazines (including a 95% complete set of PC Railroader and Rails Northeast) will show this is true.
 

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....and I have a soft spot for "broken arrow" AmTrak too.

I had a neighbor that was an engineer for them until his retirement on the National Limited on the Columbus/Indy leg. SDP40Fs with steam heat cars. All of it, loco, cars, train, and even the line are now gone along with the neighbor.

My dad did get a cab ride from him and has some of this on 8mm movie from around '76, including a "pusher" move on the back of a CR freight....
 
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