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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.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Harrington, Delaware

The Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington Railroad operated over 717 miles of track that served the Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C areas. A subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the PB&W was formed in 1902 through the merger of two other Pennsylvania subsidiaries. Although the railroad was always a separate legal entity, it continued to operate over the years as a Pennsylvania Railroad subsidiary. In 1968 the ill-fated merger of the Pennsylvania and the New York Central Railroads formed the Penn Central Transportation Company and continued to operate the PB&W. Even through the famous bankruptcy of 1970, the largest bankruptcy in the nation's history up to that time, the remains of the Penn Central continued control and operations of the PB&W for yet another six years until finally being sold off to Amtrak. This circa 1910 gelatin-glazed postcard shows two PB&W slide-valve locomotives from the low-mounted marker light years. Note the smoke coming from the engine's stacks. It was either a windy day or, most likely, a retoucher added the smoke that is more appropriate for locomotives running at a higher speed rather than waiting at a station. 

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