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 with more to come every month 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.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Great Hoosac Tunnel

The Hoosac Tunnel is a 4.75 mile railroad tunnel that passes under Hoosac Mountain in Western Massachusetts. Completed in 1875, the tunnel was electrified in 1910 by the Boston & Maine Railroad and is still in operation today. Here are circa 1908 to 1915 postcards showing the entrances and early tunnel motors. The first card below shows the tunnel prior to electrification with a steam loco about to enter. In the second card we see an incompleted bore entrance on the left.






For more information on the famous Hoosac Tunnel, click Here.

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