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.

Each page, including this homepage, has an 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

Shay Locomotives

The Shay geared locomotive was a familiar sight on many logging railroads. Ephraim Shay, a Michigan logger, built his own narrow gauge railroad in order to get logs to the mill instead of hauling them on sleds. He invented and patented  a geared steam locomotive that were later built by Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio.  In the circa 1910 card below, we see an early prototype on Shay's own railroad. Ephraim Shay may very well be the gentleman behind the cab wearing a straw hat. The other views from this period show  later locomotives hard at work heading up log trains. For information on the Shay locomotive, click Here.

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