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.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chicago, Illinois Yards

This circa 1906 postcard has some interesting details. The Michigan Central Railroad, a subsidiary of the New York Central, shared trackage rights with the Illinois Central and that probably owned the yard seen here. The Michigan Central also shared the IC's Central Station in Chicago as well, so it looks as if MC used the yard for coach storage. Note the switcher locomotive sneaking passed behind the freight cars, lower right. 



This postcard, from the same time frame as the one above, shows another view of the Illinois Central's Chicago yard.



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