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.

Each page, including this homepage, has an 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, June 2, 2012

Riding the Southern Belle

The Southern Belle was The Kansas City Southern Railway's overnight luxury train between Kansas City and New Orleans. Starting service in 1940, the train was equipped with lightweight cars and powered by a pair of EMD's new E6A units, one for each direction on the route. In 1949, the new EMD E8s were added to the trains. Here we see a lashup of E8A & B units, modern interiors of cars made by ACF, and sleepers by Pullman-Standard. Note the printing mis-register on the one reverse card side, a feature common to all of the cards in my Southern Belle set.

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