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 23, 2015

Chicago, Milwaukee & North Shore Railroad Interurbans


This four-car train is made up of the famous Chicago, Milwaukee & North Shore Railroad interurbans, built by the Cincinnati Car Company, as seen in this circa photochrome postcard. The photograph is probably from the 1950s. Originally the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad, that road was bought and reorganized as the CM&NS in 1916. The line operated at speeds of up to 80 mph between downtown Chicago and Milwaukee, but shut down operations forever in 1963 bringing an end to America's Great Interurban Era.


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