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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Massillon, Ohio

My town here in Ohio once had both the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad pass through it with each road having its own station. This view of the Pennsylvania Railroad's station here in Massillon was postmarked in 1912 with the familiar RPO (railway post office) football-shaped cancellation. It had long wood platform extensions and a wooden track dividing fence along with its own water tank seen in the distance. From my research, including a bit of oral history from my next-door neighbor, the tracks crossed over a downtown street using a concrete bridge, hence the guard rails between the two main rails. The guard rails kept a derailed wheel moving in a straight line instead of derailing other cars and, in the case of a bridge, breaking the train apart leading to cars falling below.



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