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.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hawthorne, New Jersey

In this circa 1906 view, a New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad passenger local prepares to stop at the small Hawthorne, New Jersey station. Built in 1894, it replaced the original structure that had burned down in 1893. This two-room station included a passenger waiting room, the agent's office area, and a freight and baggage section. The station still stands today. In 2010, the building needed to be moved further back from the busy main street, Diamond Bridge Avenue, the dirt road in the card's foreground.



In the two photographs below, taken by my father in the circa 1960, we see the station prior to the end of passenger service. Note the proximity of the station to the streets.



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