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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Riding the Red Cars



In this modern card, a famous Pacific Electric "Red Car" is seen running along a section of the line's railroad right-of-way. Begun in 1901 as the Pacific Electric Railway Company, it was eventually merged with the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1911. Serving the Los Angeles area, the Pacific Electric was the first interurban railroad to introduce the crossing signal known as the "wigwag" that was later adopted by other railroads across the country. For more information on the PE, click Here.




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