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.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Road of Good Service

The Illinois Traction System was established in the early 20th Century and consisted of about 550 miles of heavy railroad-grade interurban track extending from St. Louis, MO to Peoria and Springfield, IL. Promoted as 'The Road of Good Service', the ITS operated both extensive freight and passenger routes including one of the few interurban sleeping cars between Peoria and St. Louis. Stressing safety through the use of block signals and cleanliness with no soot, dirt, dust, or smoke, the ITS continued operations until the mid 1930s when, after bankruptcy, it was reorganized as the Illinois Terminal Railroad. The five cards below, circa 1910, are official railroad-issued postcards. For more information on the ITS, click Here.

In this 1928 advertisement appeared in "The Traffic World" magazine specializing in coverage of the trucking, rail, air, and ocean shipping industries. Image reference courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The following postcards are circa 1910 to 1920.


Graham Clayton said...

At the time did the ITS have the largest electric-only network in the United States?

Russ Panecki said...

Hello, Graham...

Before the Illinois Traction Company became the Illinois Terminal Company, it was the largest interurban railroad in Illinois and was one of the largest in the country circa 1910. This was also the time when the Pacific Electric, serving the Los Angeles area alone, grew to over 1,000 miles.