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.

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.

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, Missouri Pacific Railroad

The "Sunshine Special" was the flagship passenger train of the Missouri Pacific Railroad from 1915 until 1948 when it was replaced by the new "Texas Eagle" running  between St. Louis, Missouri and San Antonio, Texas. Lodge-themed appointments seemed to be the design du jour for some lounge cars of various eras, and ours is seen here in this 1934 view. It's thought that scenes like the one below were staged with professional models; regular-folk passengers, perhaps, were a bit less-than-glamorous. 

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