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

Through the Mountains

The two circa 1920s seen below show both types of heavy electrical motive power needed to haul passenger trains through the mountains on The Milwaukee Road. The first card gives us a good look at the front of one of the road's boxcab locomotives.



The card below provides us with a close-up view of one of the five General Electric EP-2 heavy electric locomotives built for the railroad in 1919. Among the most powerful electric locomotives ever made, their pulling power was created by mounting individual electric motors directly to the wheel axles creating a powerful, completely gearless, and silent locomotive.



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