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By:Thomas C. Ayers
Dates:1/1/1960 - 12/31/1962
Album Info:Here are eight original photos that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives pulling trains out of the yards in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The first seven were taken during the Summer of 1960, while the last was taken in April of 1962. The purpose of the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop was to build or rebuild railroad cars of various sorts. When those cars were finished, they were marshaled into trains departing from the Hollidaysburg Yards. Trains destined for parts East would turn right at WYE Tower, merge with the main line at ALTO Tower in Altoona, and proceed from there. Trains destined for parts West would pass by WYE Tower, climb the Allegheny Mountains via the Muleshoe Curve, merge with the main line just before the tunnels at Gallitzin, and proceed from there; there would often be several pushers on the rear. Also included is one original photo by Mr. Ken Douglas.
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PRR 9547, EH-15, 1960
Title:  PRR 9547, EH-15, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, in August of 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9547 and #9693. Both are EH-15's built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9547 was built in 1948, but #9693 was built in 1949. This crew is just about ready to back the engines up and couple onto the train they'll pull out of the Yard. This photo was taken near the Yard Master's Office at the eastern end of South Juniata Street. Visible in the distance is the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop.
Photo Date:  8/15/1960  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:24:59 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9547(F3A) PRR 9693(F7A)
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PRR 9547, EH-15, 1960
Title:  PRR 9547, EH-15, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, in August of 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9547 and #9693. Both are EH-15's built by EMD rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9547 was built in 1948, but #9693 was built in 1949. This photo was taken at the Bedford Street Crossing, next to the Passenger Station. From here, this train will pass WYE Tower, climb the Allegheny Mountains using the New Portage Branch Line, and merge eventually with the mainline at Gallitzin.
Photo Date:  8/15/1960  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:26:58 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9547(F3A) PRR 9693(F7A)
Views:  300   Comments: 0
PRR 9468, FF-20, 1960
Title:  PRR 9468, FF-20, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 22 August 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9468 and #9469. Both are FF-20's built by Fairbanks-Morse in 1948 and rated at 2,000 horsepower each. This photo reveals just how the process worked. The locomotives and one caboose would have been driven forward from East Altoona to the Wye Switches, turned about, and then run backwards from there to the Hollidaysburg Yards. This crew has just uncoupled from N-5 caboose #477020, which will be pulled to the far end of the Yard and coupled to the out-bound train by engine #9394 ~ an ES-12 switcher built by EMD in 1950. After the caboose is out of the way, this crew will back their FF-20 locomotives a bit further into the Yard and couple onto the train they'll pull out of Hollidaysburg up the New Portage Branch Line to Gallitzin and points West. This photo was taken just west of the intersection of Jones and South Juniata Streets. Visible in the distance is the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop.
Photo Date:  8/22/1960  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:30:41 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives:  PRR 9468(ERIE-A) PRR 9469(ERIE-A) PRR 9394(SW7)
Views:  601   Comments: 0
PRR 9468, FF-20, 1960
Title:  PRR 9468, FF-20, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 22 August 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9468 and #9469. Both are FF-20's built by Fairbanks-Morse in 1947 and rated at 2,000 horsepower each. The crew has just coupled onto a long string of new and rebuilt freight cars, and has begun pulling them out of the Yard. This photo was taken near the intersection of Jones and South Juniata Streets. From here, this train will pass the Hollidaysburg Station and WYE Tower, climb the Allegheny Mountains using the New Portage Branch, and merge eventually with the mainline at Gallitzin.
Photo Date:  8/22/1960  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:32:10 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9468(ERIE-A) PRR 9469(ERIE-A)
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PRR 9468, FF-20, 1960
Title:  PRR 9468, FF-20, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 22 August 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9468 and #9469. Both are FF-20's built by Fairbanks-Morse in 1948 and rated at 2,000 horsepower each. This photo was taken at the Bedford Street Crossing, next to the Passenger Station. From here, this train will pass WYE Tower, climb the Allegheny Mountains using the New Portage Branch Line, and merge eventually with the mainline at Gallitzin.
Photo Date:  8/22/1960  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:33:23 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9468(ERIE-A) PRR 9469(ERIE-A)
Views:  391   Comments: 0
PRR 9796, EF-15A, 1960
Title:  PRR 9796, EF-15A, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 02 September 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9796 and #9772. Both are EF-15A's built by GM-EMD in 1951 and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. Along with an N-5 caboose, these locomotives are backing into the Hollidaysburg Yards. They would have been driven forward from East Altoona to the Wye Switches, turned about, and then run backwards from the Wye into Hollidaysburg where they would pick-up an outbound freight train. The PRR's Freight Station is visible at the left, and Hollidaysburg's historic Chimney Rocks can be seen in the far distance.
Photo Date:  9/2/1960  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:35:47 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9796(F7A) PRR 9772(F7A)
Views:  363   Comments: 0
PRR 9796, EF-15A, 1960
Title:  PRR 9796, EF-15A, 1960
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 02 September 1960. Shown here (R to L) are PRR engines #9796 and #9772. Both are EF-15A's built by EMD in 1951 and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. The crew has coupled onto a long string of new 70-ton hopper cars and have just passed the "HOLLY" bloc telephone. This photo was taken at the Bedford Street Crossing, next to the Passenger Station. From here, this train will pass WYE Tower, climb the Allegheny Mountains using the New Portage Branch Line, and merge eventually with the mainline at Gallitzin.
Photo Date:  9/2/1960  Upload Date: 8/26/2016 3:11:50 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Locomotives:  PRR 9796(F7A) PRR 9772(F7A)
Views:  330   Comments: 1
PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Title:  PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo by Mr. Charles W. Houser, Sr., that was taken in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 8 April 1962. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #5899, an EP-22 built by GM-EMD in March of 1951 and rated at 2,250 horsepower. It and two more "EP" Class units are pulling a "Railfan Special to the Horseshoe Curve," sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In this context, the "Special" is stopped while the railfans take guided tours of the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop (on the right).
Photo Date:  4/8/1962  Upload Date: 5/11/2019 6:06:05 PM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5899(E8A)
Views:  38   Comments: 0
PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Title:  PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo by Mr. Ken Douglas that was taken in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 8 April 1962. Shown here (R to L) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #5899, #5810, and #5761. All are EP-22's built by GM-EMD and rated at 2,250 horsepower each. #5899 and #5810 were built in 1951, but #5761 was built in 1952. They are pulling a "Railfan Special to the Horseshoe Curve," sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In this context, the "Special" is stopped while the railfans take guided tours of the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop (on the right).
Photo Date:  4/8/1962  Upload Date: 11/17/2018 1:42:13 PM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5899(E8A) PRR 5810(E8A) PRR 5761(E8A)
Views:  177   Comments: 1
PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Title:  PRR 5899, EP-22, 1962
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original photo that I took of Pennsylvania Railroad road locomotives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 08 April 1962. Shown here are PRR engines #5899, #5810, and #5761. All are EP-22's built by EMD and rated at 2,250 horsepower each. #5899 and #5810 were built in 1951, but #5761 was built in 1952. They are pulling a "Railfan Special to the Horseshoe Curve," sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The "Special" departed Philadelphia bright and early on a Sunday morning, following the PRR's mainline through Harrisburg to Huntingdon. There, it switched over to the Petersburg-Hollidaysburg Branch Line and followed the undulating Juniata River to Hollidaysburg ~ where the Railfans were treated to tours of the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop. After leaving Hollidaysburg, the "Special" passed WYE Tower and took the New Portage Branch Line via the Muleshoe Curve up the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin. There, it passed through the westbound Allegheny Tunnel, navigated the wye at Gallitzin, and passed through the eastbound New Portage Tunnel on its way down the Alleghenies. At the Horseshoe Curve, the "Special" stopped to allow the Railfans to visit the PRR's K-4S (4-6-2) "Pacific" #1361 enshrined there. After all were safely back on board, the train continued down the Mountains toward Altoona and the return trip to Philadelphia ~ a round trip of over 500 happy miles at $11.50 per person! Visible in the distance (L to R) are the wooden water tower and a string of gondolas marshalled for reconditioning at the Shop. Photo taken from the Jones Street crossing and entryway.
Photo Date:  4/8/1962  Upload Date: 6/11/2016 10:42:00 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5899(E8A) PRR 5810(E8A) PRR 5761(E8A)
Views:  393   Comments: 0
PRR 5898, EP-22, 1965
Title:  PRR 5898, EP-22, 1965
Description:  Road Power. Here is an original 35mm color slide by Mr. Dave Augsburger that was taken in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on 17 October 1965. Shown here is the motive power for the very first "Horseshoe Curve Excursion" sponsored by the Lancaster Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. They are parked adjacent to the PRR's Samuel Rea Shop while the railfans tour the facilities. In the lead is PRR engine #5898, an EP-22 built by GM-EMD in March of 1951 and rated at 2,250 horsepower.
Photo Date:  10/17/1965  Upload Date: 11/27/2019 9:46:40 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 5898(E8A)
Views:  54   Comments: 1


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