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, August 15, 2015

Haverstraw, New York Tunnel

In this circa 1907 view, we see a New York Central Railroad locomotive 'at speed' pulling a passenger consist through the Haverstraw Tunnel on the west side of the Hudson River. Note the railroad phone box on the pole to the right. Originally the New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad, it was targeted for purchase by the Pennsylvania which considered its Weehawken, NJ terminus as a way to connect to New York City. At the same time, the Central was beginning to build across southern Pennsylvania, a more important concern of the PRR. In a deal reached by both bought roads, the PRR agreed to end its pursuit of the WS&B and the Central stopped its construction in southern Pennsylvania. In 1885 the Central bought the WS&B and reorganized the line as the West Shore Railroad with connecting service to Manhattan via ferry from Weehawken. For more information on the West Shore Line, click HERE.

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