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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Daylight, Southern Pacific Railroad

Regarded as "The Most Beautiful Passenger Train in the World", The Southern Pacific Railroad's "Daylight" operated between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. The locomotives assigned to service on the "Daylight" were "Northern" type 4-8-4 wheel arrangement locomotives built by two of the most famous American builders, the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio. In the three circa 1930s photo postcards below, we see the "Daylight", powered by one of Lima's Class GS-2 motive power, smoothly sailing among the setting of wonderful California scenery. 

For more information on the SP's 'Daylight' trains, please click here:

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