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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Passenger "Extra" Through Niles Canyon, California

In the circa 1910 postcard below, we see a Southern Pacific Railroad passenger train crossing through Niles Canyon near Fremont, California. The line was built by the Central Pacific Railroad in order to complete the western part of its transcontinental railroad and was part of the original extension from Sacramento to San Francisco Bay. Completed in 1869, the route was leased to the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1885. Note the low-mounted markers lights and the white "extra train" flags on the front of the locomotive.

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