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.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Originally, the tracks and station of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad were located at street level during the manufacturing boom years prior to 1904. Trains, horse carts and carriages, pedestrians, and the new automobile all crowded the area contributing to very dangerous congestion and accidents. Because of this situation, the NYNH&H began construction of elevated right-of-way at a cost of about five million dollars. The cards below, circa 1906 and 1910, give us a look at the station platform when this section of the NYNH&H was still steam-powered before electrification. The second card shows a concourse, from the street, left, where horse-drawn cabs and carriages could park awaiting trains and passengers.




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