Lake Cities (train)

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The Lake Cities in Marion, Ohio in 1969

The Lake Cities was a passenger train operated by the Erie Railroad and its successor—the Erie Lackawanna Railway—between Chicago, and Jersey City, and later, to Hoboken, New Jersey.

The Lake Cities began in 1939 as the Midlander, a Jersey City-Chicago service with sections to Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York. Unlike other New York-Chicago runs, it bypassed Buffalo to the south and ran through the Southern Tier of New York State.[1]

A few years before the Erie's 1960 merger with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the Lake Cities began running into the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, rather than the Erie's Pavonia Terminal, in Jersey City. Between 1961 and 1962, the train was known as the "Chicago Lake Cities/Buffalo Lake Cities", but reverted to Lake Cities again. Sleeper service ended on October 28, 1962. In connection with the 1964 World's Fair in New York, the Lake Cities was renamed The World's Fair from April 26 until October 25, 1964. Originally routed via Port Jervis en route to Bingamton over the traditional Erie lines, by the latter part of the 1960s it was routed over the Lackwanna's Poconos line after the elimination of the Phoebe Snow line in 1966. On November 28, 1966, the Lake Cities regained diner and sleeper service to compensate for the withdrawal of the Phoebe Snow (which had its final run the previous day), but by 1967 the sleeping service went no further west than Marion, Ohio, while the dining car stopped at Huntington, Indiana.

The Erie Lackawanna withdrew the train on January 6, 1970.[2]:145–149


After World War II the Erie acquired seven lightweight sleepers from Pullman-Standard, each with ten roomettes and six double bedrooms.[3] The Lake Cities carried one in each direction between New York and Chicago.[4]

Station stops[edit]

The following timetable with the New Jersey and Pennsylvania stops reflects a consolidation of service with the Phoebe Snow train which was discontinued in 1968. Prior to that time the Lake Cities ran a route through Sullivan and Orange Counties in New York.

State City Milepost[5] Station
New Jersey Hoboken 0.0 miles (0 km) Hoboken Terminal
Newark 7.8 miles (12.6 km) Newark
East Orange 10.6 miles (17.1 km) Brick Church
Summit 20.1 miles (32.3 km) Summit
Dover 40.9 miles (65.8 km) Dover
Blairstown 67.2 miles (108.1 km) Blairstown
Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg 83.9 miles (135.0 km) East Stroudsburg
Barrett Township 97.0 miles (156.1 km) Cresco
Pocono Summit 105.0 miles (169.0 km) Pocono Summit
Scranton 135.5 miles (218.1 km) Scranton
New York Binghamton 194.1 miles (312.4 km) Binghamton
Waverly 235.3 miles (378.7 km) Waverly
Elmira 252.9 miles (407.0 km) Elmira
Corning 271.0 miles (436.1 km) Corning
Hornell 311.5 miles (501.3 km) Hornell
Wellsville 337.7 miles (543.5 km) Wellsville
Olean 374.9 miles (603.3 km) Olean
Salamanca 393.0 miles (632.5 km) Salamanca
Randolph 410.4 miles (660.5 km) Randolph
Jamestown 426.8 miles (686.9 km) Jamestown (Chautauqua Lake)
Pennsylvania Corry 453.5 miles (729.8 km) Corry
Meadville 495.2 miles (796.9 km) Meadville
Greenville 521.4 miles (839.1 km) Greenville
Sharon 536.3 miles (863.1 km) Sharon
Ohio Youngstown 549.9 miles (885.0 km) Youngstown
Warren 563.8 miles (907.3 km) Warren
Kent 594.2 miles (956.3 km) Kent
Akron 604.9 miles (973.5 km) Akron
Ashland 654.7 miles (1,053.6 km) Ashland
Mansfield 671.3 miles (1,080.4 km) Mansfield
Galion 686.8 miles (1,105.3 km) Galion
Marion 707.7 miles (1,138.9 km) Marion
Lima 759.6 miles (1,222.5 km) Lima
Indiana Huntington 834.2 miles (1,342.5 km) Huntington
Rochester 875.9 miles (1,409.6 km) Rochester
Hammond 955.8 miles (1,538.2 km) Hammond
Illinois Chicago 977.0 miles (1,572.3 km) Dearborn Station


  1. ^ Streamliner Schedules, The Lake Cities
  2. ^ Sanders, Craig (2003). Limiteds, Locals, and Expresses in Indiana, 1838–1971. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34216-3. 
  3. ^ Wayner, Robert J., ed. (1972). Car Names, Numbers and Consists. New York: Wayner Publications. p. 111. OCLC 8848690. 
  4. ^ "Now in Service! All-Room Sleeping Cars". Erie Railroad Magazine. 45 (5): 11. July 1949. 
  5. ^ "Erie Lackawanna Time Table - Effective June 15, 1969" (PDF). Erie Lackawanna Railway. June 15, 1969. Retrieved August 6, 2013.