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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lounge Car Interior, Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad

The regional Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad constructed a few of its own passenger cars including this cafe and lounge car seen here in the car's inaugural 1946 postcard. The wagon-salon moderne, looking a bit gaudy by modern standards, was part of "The Whippoorwill", launched in 1946Running between Chicago and Evansville, Indiana, "The Whippoorwill" was one of only two short-lived attempts at streamlined passenger service on the C&EI. The train was discontinued just two years later in 1948.


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