Welcome to Vintage Railroad Postcards!

Thank you for stopping by! This is the blog for the Russell P. Panecki Collection of vintage railroad-related postcards. The entire collection consists of nearly one thousand so far with images dating from circa 1904 to the 1950s. To leave a comment, ask a question, to contribute or correct historical information, a comment box is located to the left for your convenience.

Beginning in October, 2015, the blog was redesigned to include an index of individual postcards, both listed in alphabetical order and by categories. Each page, including this homepage, has the index located in the lower portion of the page. In addition to the index, posts were updated with historical information, new postcards added from storage files, while some posts were completely rewritten or edited for corrections. Three articles have been added and are worth reading. They include how vintage postcards were made, the history of Pennsylvania Station, and the history of Grand Central Terminal.

My apologies, but the postcards in my collection and on this blog are not available for sale, copying, or for contribution to projects. Please keep in mind that I reserve all rights to the images and content of this blog.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad

The Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad was a narrow gauge short line that operated between Boston at Rowe's Wharf, via ferry to East Boston across the harbor, and connecting Revere Beach, Winthrop, and Lynn. Opened in 1875, the line carried a great number of commuters using Mason Bogie locos. In 1928, the passenger cars were converted to electric motor units, eliminating steam from the line altogether. The railroad ceased operations in 1940, but some of the cars were purchased by the narrow gauge East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania. In this view circa 1910, we see a train pulling into Winthrop Beach. For more information on the BRB&L, click Here.  



Here is a view from the same period showing the station at Revere Beach.



This final view shows what the cars looked like after being fitted out for electric service 'under the wire' circa 1930s. Notice the pole, retractor, lights,  MU (multiple unit) connectors on the roof end.
 

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