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 with more to come every month 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.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Camelback Passenger Service on "The Bridge Line"

Known as "The Bridge Line to New England and Canada", the Delaware & Hudson Railroad kept some camelback locomotives in service while they were scrapped by other northeastern carriers. This 1946 photochrome card shows that camelbacks were still going strong in local passenger service on the D&H. Sadly, in years to come, even this venerable locomotive and its anthracite fuel would see its final days as diesel power would become its replacement. Note the typical cavernous firebox to the rear of the center cab and pilot with foot boards on either side.

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