That's the way Peter Lynch in his book "Penn Central Railroad" describes the state of passenger train operations between the NYC/Pennsey merger in 1968 and the subsequent creation of AMTRAK in 1971. Compelled by the Federal Govt. to keep long distance trains running, Lynch quotes testimony by Stuart Saunders claiming the Penn Central lost $6 million every month! I've just added a passenger train to my layout after ressurecting some TYCO cars I bought back in 1973 or so. I've combind them with some Athearn Pennsylvania Railroad coaches to make a six car train. Here it is pictured following the river near Kings Port.