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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Crossing the High Bridge

In this rare circa 1910 view, we see a well-known Connecticut Company open car crossing the "high bridge" near Shelton, Connecticut, heading towards Bridgeport. This long-gone bridge crossed over a ravine and ran parallel to the Housatonic River seen in the background. On February 22, 1921, a tragic collision of two cars burned eight people to death and injured another twenty-five. The collision caused a five gallon can of gasoline, carried on board one of the cars, to explode and burning both. According to a Daily Kennebec Journal (Maine) article of the time, the Fairfield County coroner, John J. Phelan, "expressed the opinion that there would have been no loss of life and probably very few injuries if the gasoline had not been in the car". To read the full article on this well-publicized trolley line catastrophe, click Here. For more information on the Connecticut Company, click Here.

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