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Accession number 2001.31
Object ID 2001.31.94
Object Name Print, Photographic
Collection Metro-North Collection
Date 1964
Title [NY Central Transportation Computer Center]
Description A New York Central Railroad technician at the transportation computer center using an IBM 7010 computer to report location of fright cars. This center maintained a constant record of 125,000 frieght cars throughout the Central's 10,000 miles of track.

The computer center became operational on April 1, 1963. It was used as the primary source of data input for teletype, yard-to-yard "Mechanized Car Reporting System." This system linked all of the major freight yards. The data transpmissions in this system originates from IBM cards into which yard clerks puched detailed information abstracting the waybills accompanying loaded cars and the movement instructions covering empty cars. These cards were used to compile and transmit detailed listings on all inbound and outbound trains, all industrial switch runs, and all interchange movements. (from Press Release stored with photograph, dated September 24, 1964)
Place New York, NY
People/ Corporations New York Central Railroad Company
Subjects Grand Central Terminal
Communication devices
Communication facilities
Telecommunication cables
Telecommunication lines
Telecommunications industry
Telegraph industry
Telegraph lines
Telegraph offices
Station Grand Central Terminal