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

The Challenger

Nicknamed the "Everybody's Limited", the Union Pacific Railroad, in partnership with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and then, later, with The Milwaukee Road, operated a well-patronized passenger run between Chicago and California for over ten years. "The Challenger" was introduced in 1935 during the Great Depression when traveling was then too expensive for most and offered the typical name-train accommodations and amenities that almost any traveler could afford. With Pullman, coach,and dining car service, "The Challenger" connected passengers with a route from Chicago to Los Angeles and, over the Southern Pacific rails, on to San Francisco. Here are both black & white and color period postcards advertising the many amenities to be enjoyed while enroute to the West onboard.  For more information on "The Challenger", click Here..


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