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.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The '400', Chicago & Northwestern Line

As Lucius Beebe once wrote about the fierce competition for St. Paul, Minneapolis and Chicago passenger traffic calling it 'bare knuckle'. The Chicago & Northwestern ran its famous '400' against the Milwaukee Road's 'Hiawatha'. The '400' began its run in 1935 and made the 400 mile trip between Chicago and the Twin Cities in 400 minutes. Here is a complete collection of both steam and diesel railroad-issued postcards depicting the comfort and style enjoyed by passengers as they watched the scenery sliding by along their way. First, we'll look at the steam set from the 1930s. For more information on the '400', click Here.


In 1939, the first EMD E3A diesel locomotives were introduced and here is the complete diesel set from that period.

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