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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rockingham Junction, New Hampshire

The Boston & Maine station at Rockingham Junction, bordered by Newmarket and Newfields, New Hampshire, is seen in this circa 1906 postcard. Constructed around 1890, the station served both the Portsmouth Branch running east and west and the Western Division mainline running north and south. The R.E. Graves restaurant was part of the station building and was also known as the Rockingham Cafe. The station was finally closed in 1979. Note the two locomotives, left and right, from the low marker light years. The 'fish-eye' look, according to a photographer who saw the postcard, explained that the camera's bellows were set in a certain way in order to achieve the effect; the 'fish-eye' lens was still off in the future.


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