I lived in Aberdeen, Maryland, on the Northeast Corridor Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968. In junior high and just discovering my love of trains, little did I know I was watching the great name trains coming up from the South in their last years before Amtrak. I was also watching the last days of the Pennsy's great passenger train fleet- the "Congressional", the "Senator, and many more. All being pulled by the sleek 1930s GG1s. And GG1s leading freight trains as well!
Much has changed since the late 1960s. The Pennsylvania is long gone, the last GG1s are in museums, and most freight traffic has been diverted to other routes. But look again! Amtrak has brought the Corridor back with their sleek Acela trains. Many cities from Washington to Philadelphia have redeveloped their great stations, and New York City is boldly moving forward with new station plans.
In the late 1960s it seemed everything- at least as far as trains were concerned- were coming to an end. I did not foresee a new beginning.....keep 'em rolling.