In 1973, the Penn Central almost had to cease operations entirely which would have meant no freight service in the Northeast. The government stepped in and by 1976 created the Conrail Corporation. It began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987. In 1999, CSX and Norfolk Southern took over portions of the Conrail system. Conrail still exists and performs switching and maintenance activities.
Passing by a Superliner. This makes me think about where I'm gonna go next year.