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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.

Each page, including this homepage, has an 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.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hartford, Connecticut

An important station on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Hartford's Union Station was built in 1889 as a Romanesque Revival building with elevated four-track platforms to handle the constant arrival and departure of trains. The station was originally used by the Hartford & New Haven Railroad, the Central New England Railway, the Hartford & Connecticut Valley Railroad (all of which were merged into the NYNH&H) and the New York & New England Railroad. A fire in 1914 required the structure to undergo reconstruction. The station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is still in use today by Amtrak trains. In our first card, circa 1910, we see the elevated track and platforms with the state capitol building in the distance. Note the locomotive water crane on the left. The second card, circa 1915, shows the station's interior as it looked after the 1914 fire.

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