Train Commuter Timetable Changes

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New Schedule Cuts Time of Express Trains.
Commuters Between Tarrytown and New York, Who Have Put Up With Slow Trains for Many Years, Delighted
With the new time table which went into effect last Sunday on the New York Central Railroad the running time of many of the southbound express trains between Tarrytown and the Grand Central Terminal has been greatly reduced, in some instances as much as eight minutes being lopped off. Some of the early morning trains now make the run in 43 minutes which comes nearer to real rapid transit than anything Tarrytown has had since the improvements at the Grand Central Terminal and the work of electrification was started some years ago. At this rate it won't be long before the commuters' dream—35 minutes to New York—is realized.
Most of the express trains leave Tarrytown from five to eight minutes later than formerly, arriving at the Grand Central at the same time as before. The cut is due to the fact that the change from steam to electric locomotives is now made at Harmon, eliminating the exasperating delay which until now has taken place at High Bridge. The most important changes in time are as follows: 
The old 7.40 leaves at 7.47 arriving in New York at the old time—8.30. The 7.53 now leaves at 7.58, arriving at 8.45. The 8.25 leaves at 8.32, arriving at 9.15. The 8.29 local leaves at 8.38, arriving at 9.30. The 8.59 leaves at 9.05, arriving at 10.00. The 10.05 leaves at 10.12, arriving at 10.58. The 1.01 leaves at 1.09, arriving at 1.57. The 2.14 leaves at 2.20, arriving at 3.12. The 4.32 leaves at 4.38, arriving at 5.29. The 6.17 leaves at 6.24, arriving at 7.10.
There are very few changes in the time of the northbound trains, the principal feature being that, cutting out the delay at High Bridge, they now come up on time instead of being from 5 to 10 minutes late.
The Sunday trains remain about the same with the exception of the reduction in running time of the southbound expresses.
Owing to the change of power at Harmon all the through express trains now make a stop there, enabling passengers to board or leave them. This new change will allow Tarrytown people who wish to go to Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis, Montreal or other distant northern or western points to purchase tickets at the local station, where a local train can be taken to Harmon and connect with an express. Upon returning, passengers may leave through trains at Harmon and then take the local for Tarrytown.
This will mean the saving of time and expense, for now one wishing to go to Chicago for instance, by the faster trains, has to go to the Grand Central Terminal to make connections. The new arrangement means that fifty miles in travel will be saved and about a dollar in the fare, besides much time. 
The local trains and the through trains will make good connections at Harmon.

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