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, September 24, 2011

Vista Dome Vistas

The advent of the vista-dome car on modern passenger trains allowed passengers more than the ability to look out at passing scenery...they could look up at it as well. In these two cards we get a sense of the exitement passengers had when passing through the breath-taking scenery of the Western mountains. This first postcard for the Northern Pacific was based on a commisioned painting by railroad artist Leslie Ragan.

This card was issued for the Western Pacific's 'California Zephyr'.

For more information on the 'North Coast Limited', click here:

For information on Leslie Ragan, click here:

For more information on the 'California Zephyr', click here:

For more information on the vista-dome cars, click here:

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