Intercity rail passenger service on the former New York Central line between Cleveland and Cincinnati ended with the coming of Amtrak on May 1, 1971.
At the time, you could not even ride a single train between Ohio’s two largest cities. Penn Central made you change trains in Columbus.
There has been talk ever since of reinstating service in the 3-C corridor as it is called in Ohio, but all of those efforts have fallen short.
But in 1997 and 1998 you could have ridden a chartered Amtrak train sponsored by the Mad River & NKP Railroad museum between the two cities. Amtrak has some surplus Superliner equipment that it was willing to charter.
This view of the Cincinnati-bound train was made on Sept. 12, 1998, at Crestline, Ohio, which is where the Cleveland-Cincinnati line of the former NYC crossed the Chicago-Pittsburgh mainline of the former Pennsylvania Railroad.
Until November 1990, that ex-PRR route hosted Amtrak’s Broadway Limited and Capitol Limited.
The NYC and PRR had a union station that formerly stood in the upper right hand corner of this photograph. Amtrak trains still stopped there in the early 1970s, but it was eventually replaced with an Amshack.