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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mastodon Train Barge

The Southern Pacific Railroad operated a huge barge, as seen in this early card, that floated trains across the Mississippi River from the West Bank to the New Orleans side aptly named the "Mastodon". Powerful tugboats, positioned alongside the barge, provided the power to move it across the river. Like the Southern Pacific's California train ferry, the "Solano", this vessel was the largest of its kind used to move entire trains and operated until the construction of the Huey P. Long Bridge.

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