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.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Providence, Rhode Island Tunnel

The New York, New Haven & Hartford's tunnel through the east side of Providence, Rhode Island, was completed in 1908 and was used by the New Haven's all-electric commuter subsidiary, the Providence, Warren & Bristol Railroad. The tunnel connected with Providence's original Union Station and was 5,080 feet long with a roof made of reinforced concrete. Electric power was removed in 1934. The hurricane of 1938 damaged the tunnel and reduced it to freight-only service on a single track. The last freight  train passed through the tunnel in 1981 and stands abandoned today.



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