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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Pension Records for Employee of the New York Central Railroad Who Retired in 1915

(Posted April 14, 2012)

Question 867: Would pension records be available for an employee who retired from New York Central Railroad in 1915 after 40 years of service?

Answer: Rail workers who retired before the enactment of the first Railroad Retirement Act in 1934 received pensions from the individual railroads. The employee you asked about retired 19 years before the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) was established. It is doubtful that the RRB would have any information about the employee's pension.

The NYC was once one of the grand ladies of American Railroads. But like many of the freight lines in the East, it fell on hard times in the late 1960's. Today,the NYC lines are operated by CSX & the Norfolk Southern. You could try contacting those railroads to see if they have an information on the rail employee.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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