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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dining Car Interior, Pere Marquette Railway

After World War Two, rationing and train travel restrictions had finally come to an end ushering in a new era for railroads and passengers alike. The lightweight passenger cars were taking over the famous trains, including new dining cars as well. On the Pere Marquette Railway, two distinguished modern trains, both named the 'Pere Marquette', provided service on the line between Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The typical consist of a 'Pere Marquette' was a single EMD E7A 2,000 HP diesel locomotive, a railway post office and baggage car, a standard baggage car, a chair and lounge car, a dining car, another chair and lounge car, and a chair and lounge observation car. In this 1946 dual-view postcard published prior to the PM being merged into the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, we see the interior of a new "Pere Marquette" dining car with its all female staff. Although the young woman on the left is enjoying her dining experience, her travelling companion appears somewhat nonplussed. For more information on the PM, click Here.


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