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By:Thomas C. Ayers
Dates:1/1/1900 - 12/31/1999
Album Info:Here are digital scans of more than 100 postal cards depicting various Pennsylvania, Penn Central, and Conrail locations and locomotives.
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"Pennsylvania"
Title:  "Pennsylvania"
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Pennsylvania." No Postmark. Caption On Reverse: "Morning mist covers the landscape in this summer scene in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. Photo copyright 1997 John Beale." This is what it might have looked like on the morning that my maternal grandfather ~ Isaac Milton Burket ~ left his parents' farm in Queen, Pennsylvania, on his way to Altoona to begin his 50-year career as a locomotive fireman and engineman on the Pennsylvania Railroad (1900-1950). You can almost hear the sounds of the steam-powered passenger train chugging down the valley, through the mist, on its way to Altoona. And if we listen even more intently, perhaps we can even sense some Iriquois hunters searching for game to feed and clothe their families in ancient times, long ago and far away....
Photo Date:  8/15/1900  Upload Date: 10/27/2018 12:35:14 AM
Location:  Queen, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Scenic
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Views:  133   Comments: 0
PRR "Birmingham, Pa.," c. 1900
Title:  PRR "Birmingham, Pa.," c. 1900
Description:  Here is an unpostmarked postal card with three titles: (1) "The Birmingham School, Inc., for Girls; September-June"; (2) "Pine Heights Inn Mountain Resort; July-August"; and (3), "Pine Heights Estate, Alleghany Mountains; Main Line, P.R.R.; Birmingham, Pa." (In more recent times, it's been known as the Grier School for Girls.) Depicted at the far left is an eastbound Pennsylvania Railroad train about to pass through the whistle stop at Birmingham. The original artist's name is not recorded.
Photo Date:  9/22/1900  Upload Date: 3/6/2020 2:03:55 AM
Location:  Birmingham, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Steam,Passenger
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Views:  31   Comments: 0
PRR "Pennsylvania 1981," E-2, c. 1901
Title:  PRR "Pennsylvania 1981," E-2, c. 1901
Description:  Here is a postal card which could be titled "Pennsylvania 1981." No Postmark. Hand-Written Data On Reverse: "PRR 1981, E-2; Juniata ~ 1901; Jersey City, N.J." Engine #1981 is an E-2 (4-4-2) "Atlantic" built in Juniata as number "1981" during 1901, renumbered "01981" in 1918, and retired in October of 1924 after 23 years of faithful service.
Photo Date:  8/15/1901  Upload Date: 12/15/2018 2:37:07 AM
Location:  Jersey City, NJ
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 1981(4-4-2)
Views:  224   Comments: 1
PRR "Rockville Bridge," c. 1903
Title:  PRR "Rockville Bridge," c. 1903
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Rockville Bridge, Harrisburg, Pa." No Postmark. This view is from the Rockville or eastern end of the Bridge, with the Susquehanna River flowing from right to left.
Photo Date:  8/15/1903  Upload Date: 6/26/2019 8:12:55 AM
Location:  Rockville, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Signal
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Views:  52   Comments: 0
PRR "New York-Chicago Flyer," c. 1905
Title:  PRR "New York-Chicago Flyer," c. 1905
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "New York-Chicago Flyer.'" No Postmark. Front Caption: "The P.R.R. New York-Chicago Flyer. (The 18-hour train)." Nonetheless, the lettering on the Combine indicates that this is actually "The Pennsylvania Special." It's powered by an unidentified D-Class (4-4-0) "American" locomotive. The photographer's name, the date, and the location are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/15/1905  Upload Date: 10/10/2018 1:37:23 AM
Location:  Elida, OH
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
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Views:  146   Comments: 0
"Juniata River," 1906
Title:  "Juniata River," 1906
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Juniata River." Postmarked: 16 February 1906. Front Caption: "Juniata River ~ A Sunny Nook." A vintage view of the Blue Juniata, the route of both the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal System and the Pennsylvania Railroad from Duncannon to Hollidaysburg and Altoona. The photographer's name and the exact location are not recorded.
Photo Date:  2/16/1906  Upload Date: 12/29/2018 7:36:11 PM
Location:  Newton Hamilton, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Scenic
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Views:  89   Comments: 0
PRR "Logan House," 1906
Title:  PRR "Logan House," 1906
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Logan House." Postmarked: 12 September 1906. Front Caption: "Logan House and R.R. Depot, Altoona, Pa." Photo taken from the 12th Street Footbridge.
Photo Date:  9/12/1906  Upload Date: 3/16/2019 2:33:05 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  66   Comments: 0
PRR "Flood of March, 1907"
Title:  PRR "Flood of March, 1907"
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Flood of March, 1907." Postmarked: 30 April 1907. Front Caption: "Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, Showing Passenger Train, Flood of March, 1907, Wheeling, W.Va." The photographer's name and the locomotive's number are not recorded.
Photo Date:  3/21/1907  Upload Date: 10/19/2018 11:12:02 AM
Location:  Wheeling, WV
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Steam,Passenger
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Views:  161   Comments: 0
PRR "Horse Shoe Curve," 1907
Title:  PRR "Horse Shoe Curve," 1907
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Horse Shoe Curve ~ Penna. R.R." Postmarked: 23 May 1907. Shown here is a mixed-cargo freight train powered by an H Class (2-8-0) "Consolidated" as it rounds the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to the Eastbound Receiving Yards in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Photo Date:  5/23/1907  Upload Date: 12/15/2018 2:40:07 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
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Views:  197   Comments: 1
PRR "Beaver Falls," 1908
Title:  PRR "Beaver Falls," 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Penna. R.R. Train entering Beaver Falls, Pa." Postmarked: 01 August 1908.
Photo Date:  8/1/1908  Upload Date: 1/26/2019 10:24:45 AM
Location:  Beaver Falls, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Steam,Passenger
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Views:  94   Comments: 0
"P.R.R. Depot," c. 1908
Title:  "P.R.R. Depot," c. 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "P.R.R. Depot, Huntingdon, Pa." No Postmark. Shown here (L to R) are the Pennsylvania Railroad's Passenger Station and passenger shed, an incoming/westbound PRR passenger train, as well as the passenger shed and a passenger train belonging to the Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad.
Photo Date:  8/2/1908  Upload Date: 1/27/2019 11:03:04 PM
Location:  Huntingdon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Steam,Signal,Passenger
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Views:  128   Comments: 0
PRR "Jack's Narrows," c. 1908
Title:  PRR "Jack's Narrows," c. 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Jack's Narrows from Mapleton. P.R.R. Photo by Johnston." No Postmark. Partially visible on the left is the Blue Juniata River, flowing from left to right.
Photo Date:  8/3/1908  Upload Date: 1/27/2019 11:04:54 PM
Location:  Mapleton, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Signal,Track
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Views:  121   Comments: 0
PRR "Evolution of Transportation," c. 1908
Title:  PRR "Evolution of Transportation," c. 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Evolution of Transportation." No Postmark. Revised Caption On Reverse: "From Tide Water to the [Ohio] Valley was the course of the trader, warrior, and eventually commerce. The unusual views shown on this card indicate the evolution of the methods of transportation that have been used during three centuries. Copyright 1908 by Geo. V. Miller & Co." In addition to the depictions of a Conestoga Wagon and a Canal Boat is one labelled "Pennsylvania Special ~ 20th Century." The location is an approximation.
Photo Date:  8/15/1908  Upload Date: 9/22/2018 4:11:05 AM
Location:  Huntingdon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
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Views:  151   Comments: 0
PRR "Logan House," c. 1908
Title:  PRR "Logan House," c. 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Logan House, Altoona, Pa." No Postmark. This structure was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad for the comfort and convenience of the many passengers who passed through Altoona. This was also the site of the Loyal War Governors' Conference, 24-25 September 1862. During this Conference, the governors of 14 Northern States not only reaffirmed their support to pursue the War of Succession, but also voiced support for President Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation." Located on 11th Avenue between 12th & 13th Streets, it was demolished after the Second World War to make room for the new Post Office Building.
Photo Date:  9/23/1908  Upload Date: 11/7/2018 3:41:59 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
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Views:  122   Comments: 0
PRR "Mechanics' Library," 1908
Title:  PRR "Mechanics' Library," 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Mechanics' Library, Altoona, Pa." Postmarked: 24 September 1908. This structure was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad for the instruction and technical guidance of the men who designed the locomotives and rolling stock that the Pennsy built in Altoona. Located on 11th Avenue between 12th & 13th Streets, it was in its day one of the foremost engineering and materials libraries in the world.
Photo Date:  9/24/1908  Upload Date: 11/7/2018 3:45:36 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
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Views:  118   Comments: 0
PRR "B.R. of T. Building," c. 1908
Title:  PRR "B.R. of T. Building," c. 1908
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "B. of R.T. Building, Altoona, Pa." No Postmark. This structure was built by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen for the comfort, convenience, and safety of its members.
Photo Date:  9/25/1908  Upload Date: 11/15/2018 5:38:36 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories: 
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Views:  114   Comments: 0
PRR "Classification Yards," 1909
Title:  PRR "Classification Yards," 1909
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Portion of the P.R.R. Classification Yards, Hollidaysburg, Pa." Postmarked: 4 February 1909. Noteable on the left are Bald Hill in the background and the coaling wharf in the near distance. Noteable on the right are the girder bridge carrying the PRR's Cumberland Branch over the Juniata River in the near distance and Locke Mountain on the horizon.
Photo Date:  2/4/1909  Upload Date: 6/8/2019 1:59:32 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Yard,Signal,Track
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Views:  63   Comments: 0
PRR "Pennsylvania Special," 1909
Title:  PRR "Pennsylvania Special," 1909
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Pennsylvania Railroad ~ 'Pennsylvania Special.'" R.P.O. Postmarked: 26 June 1909. Front Caption: "The Pioneer Eighteen-Hour Train between New York and Chicago." Shown here is a four-car version of the "Special" that's powered by an unidentified E-Class (4-4-2) "Atlantic" locomotive. The location is an approximation.
Photo Date:  6/26/1909  Upload Date: 9/23/2018 1:38:28 AM
Location:  Huntingdon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
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Views:  158   Comments: 0
PRR "Heavy Grade," 1909
Title:  PRR "Heavy Grade," 1909
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "A Heavy Grade Near Summit on the Tyrone Div., Pennsylvania R.R. '45 Cars & 5 Engines.'" Photo by Mr. William H. Rau. Postmarked: 4 July 1909. Caption On Reverse: "The conquest of the Allegheny Mountains has been a problem for engineering skill. A heavily-loaded train, as shown in the picture, still requires an immense amount of motive power." Actually, this photo was taken along the eastbound mainline tracks between Cresson and Gallitzin. It's on the Pittsburgh Division, therefore, not the Tyrone Division as indicated on the postal card.
Photo Date:  7/4/1909  Upload Date: 11/15/2017 3:29:15 AM
Location:  Cresson, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
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Views:  569   Comments: 0
"P.R.R. Depot, Bellwood," 1909
Title:  "P.R.R. Depot, Bellwood," 1909
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "P.R.R. Depot, Bellwood, Penna." Postmarked: 21 October 1909.
Photo Date:  10/21/1909  Upload Date: 3/31/2019 2:20:03 AM
Location:  Bellwood, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  53   Comments: 0
"P.R.R. Station," c. 1909
Title:  "P.R.R. Station," c. 1909
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "P.R.R. Station, Huntingdon, Pa.." No Postmark. In addition to the carefully-mowed lawns on the left, note the covered highway bridge on the right crossing the Juniata River ~ with "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco" painted on the roof!
Photo Date:  10/21/1909  Upload Date: 3/31/2019 2:25:52 AM
Location:  Huntingdon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Steam,Signal,Passenger
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Views:  72   Comments: 0
PRR "Kittanning Point in the Alleghenies," 1910
Title:  PRR "Kittanning Point in the Alleghenies," 1910
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Kittanning Point in the Alleghenies." Postmarked: 30 May 1910. Caption On Reverse: "At an altitude of 1626 feet above tide, this famous point in the heart of the Appalachian system recalls to mind the famous Kittanning War Path used by trader, pioneer, and warrior. The Path passed immediately in front of the present station. The view here is one of unequalled beauty." Partially visible at the left are the Pennsylvania Railroad's four-track coaling station and the two-spout watering point.
Photo Date:  5/30/1910  Upload Date: 3/17/2020 9:51:26 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Signal,Passenger
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Views:  27   Comments: 0
PRR "Kittanning Point, Looking East," c. 1910
Title:  PRR "Kittanning Point, Looking East," c. 1910
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Kittanning Point, Looking East toward Horseshoe Curve." No Postmark. Situated here (L to R) are the Pennsylvania Railroad's Freight Station, the four-track Signal Bridge with semaphores, the Passenger Station, as well as the four-track coaling station.
Photo Date:  5/31/1910  Upload Date: 3/18/2020 10:36:38 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  20   Comments: 0
PRR "Kittanning Point," c. 1910
Title:  PRR "Kittanning Point," c. 1910
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Kittanning Point, Showing Signal Tower, Altoona, Pa." No Postmark. Depicted here is a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train blasting past the Kittanning Point Station on its way up the Allegheny Mountains from Altoona to Gallitzin and points West. The "Signal Tower" shown here is #2418, while the turnout on the left connects with the Kittanning Run Railroad and terminates at the Baker Mine.
Photo Date:  6/1/1910  Upload Date: 11/3/2018 2:51:39 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Steam,Passenger
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Views:  189   Comments: 0
PRR "Mechanics' Library," 1910
Title:  PRR "Mechanics' Library," 1910
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Mechanics' Library, Altoona, Pa." Postmarked: 8 August 1910. This structure was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad for the instruction and technical guidance of the men who designed the locomotives and rolling stock that the Pennsy built in Altoona. Located on 11th Avenue between 12th & 13th Streets, it was in its day one of the foremost engineering and materials libraries in the world.
Photo Date:  8/8/1910  Upload Date: 2/27/2020 3:57:32 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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PRR "Spruce Creek Tunnels," c. 1911
Title:  PRR "Spruce Creek Tunnels," c. 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Spruce Creek Tunnels." No Postmark. Front Caption: "Spruce Creek Tunnels, Pennsylvania Railroad." This perspective reveals that these two tunnels do not parallel one another. Also note that both tunnels are double-tracked. The date is an approximation.
Photo Date:  4/21/1911  Upload Date: 8/31/2018 4:18:47 AM
Location:  Spruce Creek, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Tunnel
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Views:  216   Comments: 0
PRR "Kittaning Point," 1911
Title:  PRR "Kittaning Point," 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Kittaning Point." Postmarked: 18 August 1911. Front Caption: "Kittaning Point, Looking West, Altoona, Pa." Note the tiny train depicted on the fill over Burgoon Run. Kittaning Point Station is partially visible at the lower left.
Photo Date:  8/18/1911  Upload Date: 12/9/2018 6:31:54 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  132   Comments: 0
PRR "Horseshoe Curve," c. 1911
Title:  PRR "Horseshoe Curve," c. 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Horseshoe Curve." No Postmark. Front Caption: "Horseshoe Curve, P.R.R., near Altoona, Pa." Depicted in the foreground is a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train powered by two locomotives rounding the Curve on its way down the Allegheny Mountains to Altoona and points East. Also of note (in the center) are several freight cars parked on the siding leading to the Glen White Mines.
Photo Date:  8/19/1911  Upload Date: 1/5/2019 5:15:01 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
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Views:  109   Comments: 1
PRR "Altoona's Reservoirs," c. 1911
Title:  PRR "Altoona's Reservoirs," c. 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Altoona's Reservoirs." No Postmark. Front Caption: "Altoona's Reservoirs, Kittaning Point, near Altoona, Pa." Note the presence of Iron Horses at both ends of the Horseshoe Curve. Kittaning Point Station is partially visible at the far left, along with the mid-mountain coaling station and water plugs.
Photo Date:  8/20/1911  Upload Date: 12/9/2018 6:33:09 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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Views:  107   Comments: 0
PRR "Juniata River," c. 1911
Title:  PRR "Juniata River," c. 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Juniata River." No Postmark. Front Caption: "Scene on Juniata River, Wm. Penn Highway & P.R.R., Huntingdon, Pa." In this scene, US Route 22 follows the "footprint" of the old Pennsylvania Canal as it snakes its way through the Juniata River Valley.
Photo Date:  9/22/1911  Upload Date: 12/9/2018 6:34:36 PM
Location:  Huntingdon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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Views:  102   Comments: 0
PRR "In The Juniata," c. 1911
Title:  PRR "In The Juniata," c. 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "In The Juniata." No Postmark. Front Caption: "The Pennsylvania Railroad in the Juniata (West of Duncannon, Pa.)." In this context, "in the Juniata" means "in the Juniata River Valley." The River is located to the right, between the stand of trees and the mountains in the distance.
Photo Date:  9/23/1911  Upload Date: 1/5/2019 5:16:08 AM
Location:  Duncannon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Scenic
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Views:  88   Comments: 0
PRR "Conway Yards," 1911
Title:  PRR "Conway Yards," 1911
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Conway Yards." Postmarked: 30 December 1911. Front Caption: "P.R.R. Yards, Hump, and Shop, Conway, Pa." Prominent on the left are the coaling wharf and the locomotive ready tracks just beyond it.
Photo Date:  12/30/1911  Upload Date: 12/29/2018 7:38:15 PM
Location:  Conway, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Track
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Views:  132   Comments: 0
PRR "RJ Tower," c. 1912
Title:  PRR "RJ Tower," c. 1912
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "RJ Tower." No Postmark. Front Caption: "RJ Switch and Signal Tower, Rockville, Penna., Pennsylvania Railroad." Facing toward the signal bridge, the tracks lead toward Harrisburg and points East. Facing away from the signal bridge, the track to the left heads toward Williamsport and points North while the three tracks to the right curve toward the Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River and then lead to Pittsburgh and points West.
Photo Date:  4/21/1912  Upload Date: 12/24/2018 6:40:16 PM
Location:  Rockville, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Signal,Track
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PRR "Rockville Bridge," c. 1912
Title:  PRR "Rockville Bridge," c. 1912
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Rockville Bridge." No Postmark. Front Caption: "Rockville Bridge, P.R.R. Longest Stone Arch Bridge in the World, Harrisburg, Pa." Note the steam-powered passenger train about to pass the Tower and the semaphore signals on its way to Altoona and points West. Also note that the connecting track to and from the Enola Yards has not yet been constructed. Peter's Mountain dominates the distance.
Photo Date:  4/22/1912  Upload Date: 10/20/2018 3:10:09 AM
Location:  Marysville, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Steam,Signal,Passenger,Track
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Views:  140   Comments: 0
PRR "Train Shed," c. 1912
Title:  PRR "Train Shed," c. 1912
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Train Shed." No Postmark. Front Caption: "Pennsylvania Railroad and Train Shed, Tyrone, Pa." The Tyrone Station is the three-story, dark-roofed structure in the center; it is connected with the Train Shed by means of a tunnel. As for the tracks: far right, eastbound freight; second from right, eastbound passenger; third from right, westbound passenger; fourth from right (beyond the fence), westbound freight.
Photo Date:  4/23/1912  Upload Date: 12/24/2018 6:41:41 PM
Location:  Tyrone, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
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"P.R.R. Curve," 1912
Title:  "P.R.R. Curve," 1912
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "P.R.R. Curve, Newport, Pa." Postmarked: 4 August 1912. Note the four-car westbound Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train passing the eastbound Juniata River.
Photo Date:  8/4/1912  Upload Date: 11/15/2018 5:41:36 PM
Location:  Newport, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
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PRR "New Type Freight Locomotive," HH-1S, 1912
Title:  PRR "New Type Freight Locomotive," HH-1S, 1912
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Pennsylvania Railroad. New Type Freight Locomotive." Postmarked: 18 August 1912. #3396 is an HH-1S (2-8-8-2) "Compound" built by the American Locomotive Company during 1911 and retired in April of 1928 after just 17 years of revenue service.
Photo Date:  8/18/1912  Upload Date: 1/11/2019 10:35:47 AM
Location:  Schenectady, NY
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 3396(2-8-8-2)
Views:  238   Comments: 0
PRR "Rockville Bridge," 1913
Title:  PRR "Rockville Bridge," 1913
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Rockville Bridge." Postmarked: 25 August 1913. Front Caption: "A Scene along the Main Line, near Rockville Bridge, Harrisburg, Pa." The Pennsylvania Railroad's RJ Tower on the right seems dwarfed by David's Mountain in the background.
Photo Date:  8/25/1913  Upload Date: 2/2/2019 3:51:01 AM
Location:  Rockville, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Signal
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Views:  94   Comments: 0
PRR "Broadway Limited," 1913
Title:  PRR "Broadway Limited," 1913
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Broadway Limited, Pennsylvania Railroad." Postmarked: 5 September 1913. No Caption On Reverse. Shown here is a seven-car version of the "Broadway" that's powered by an unidentified K-2 (4-6-2) "Pacific" locomotive. The location is an approximation.
Photo Date:  9/5/1913  Upload Date: 9/16/2018 1:32:06 AM
Location:  Elida, OH
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
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Views:  161   Comments: 0
PRR "Horse Shoe Curve," c. 1915
Title:  PRR "Horse Shoe Curve," c. 1915
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Horse Shoe Curve on P. & N. W. R. R., Altoona, Pa." No Postmark. Caption On Reverse: "Horse-Shoe Curve on P. & N. W. R. R., Altoona, Pa. ~ The city of Altoona is located at the east base of the Allegheny Mountains at an elevation of 1,180 feet above sea level, where the railroad begins to ascend the mountains at a grade of 90 feet to the mile. Horse-Shoe Curve is the most picturesque spot in the Alleghenies, and is located about a mile from Altoona. Population about 55,000." The artist's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  2/2/1915  Upload Date: 10/14/2017 12:46:11 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Scenic
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Views:  410   Comments: 0
PRR "Classification Yards," 1915
Title:  PRR "Classification Yards," 1915
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Classification Yards, Altoona, Pa." Postmarked: 30 July 1915. In the foreground are the Pennsylvania Railroad's Eastbound Classification Yards, looking eastward from the 17th Street Bridge in Juniata. At the far left, a trusty "Consolidated" shifts cars in the Yard. In the middle distance, HOMER Tower sits astride the mainline passenger tracks. The billowing smoke at the far right pinpoints the location of the locomotive ready tracks adjacent to the 50-stall East Altoona Roundhouse.
Photo Date:  7/30/1915  Upload Date: 6/22/2019 3:46:35 PM
Location:  Altoona(Juniata), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Track
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PRR "Station and Motor Car," c. 1915
Title:  PRR "Station and Motor Car," c. 1915
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Pennsylvania R.R. Station and Motor Car. Bradford, Pa." No Postmark. No Caption On Reverse. Shown here is PRR Rail Motor Car #4701, built by McKeen, Model IIRC. The artist's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  8/15/1915  Upload Date: 9/28/2018 2:44:21 PM
Location:  Bradford, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 4701(Doodlebug)
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"P.R.R. Depot," 1916
Title:  "P.R.R. Depot," 1916
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "P.R.R. Depot." Postmarked: 10 October 1916. Front Caption: "P.R.R. Depot, Hollidaysburg, Pa." Looking West toward the Allegheny Mountains in the distance, this structure is located at the intersection of Bedford & Broad Streets. Also notable are the two-armed crossing gate, the baggage trucks, and the signal bridge with semaphores in the distance.
Photo Date:  10/10/1916  Upload Date: 12/9/2018 1:44:51 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Station,Signal,Passenger
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"P.R.R. Yards and Shops," c. 1916
Title:  "P.R.R. Yards and Shops," c. 1916
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "P.R.R. Yards and Shops." No Postmark. Front Caption: "View of P.R.R. Yards and Shops, Hollidaysburg, Pa." Looking toward Hollidaysburg from Bald Hill, the Eastbound Receiving Yard is to the left, the coaling wharf and roundhouse are in the center, while the Westbound Classification Yard is at the far right. All of them were built around 1903. Faintly visible in the middle-right distance is the clock tower atop the Blair County Court House.
Photo Date:  10/11/1916  Upload Date: 12/9/2018 1:46:04 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Steam,Track
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PRR "Bridge and Machine Shop," 1917
Title:  PRR "Bridge and Machine Shop," 1917
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Bridge and Machine Shop." Postmarked: 15 February 1917. Front Caption: "12th St. from 11th Ave., showing Bridge and Machine Shop, Altoona, Pa." Among other things, the Altoona Machine Shops produced 2,289 steam locomotives and tenders in the 38 years from the time they first opened in December of 1866 until they ceased production in January of 1904. The original cast-iron 12th Street Footbridge was replaced in December of 1965! The artist's name is not recorded.
Photo Date:  2/15/1917  Upload Date: 10/4/2018 3:29:28 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Passenger
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PRR "Twelfth Street Shops," c. 1917
Title:  PRR "Twelfth Street Shops," c. 1917
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Twelfth Street Shops." No Postmark. Front Caption: "View of Twelfth Street Shops, Altoona, Pa." Visible in the center is the 12th Street Footbridge, built of cast iron during April of 1863 and lasting until December of 1965. The Logan House and the Passenger Station were located just beyond the right end of the Bridge. The structure at the far left ~ the one with the floor-to-ceiling windows ~ still exists, but is now owned by the Altoona Pipe & Steel Company. Alas, all the rest has vanished . . . .
Photo Date:  2/16/1917  Upload Date: 12/26/2018 3:03:30 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Steam,Signal,Passenger
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PRR "Juniata Shops," c. 1917
Title:  PRR "Juniata Shops," c. 1917
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Juniata Shops." No Postmark. Front Caption: "General View Juniata Shops, P.R.R., Altoona, Pa." Among other things, the Juniata Shops produced 4,584 steam and electric locomotives in the 55 years from the time they first opened in July of 1891 until they ceased production in June of 1946. That's Chestnut Avenue in the foreground, portions of the Altoona Yards are visible behind the Shop buildings, while Brush Mountain dominates the horizon. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  2/17/1917  Upload Date: 10/4/2018 3:31:18 AM
Location:  Altoona (Juniata), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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PRR "South Altoona Shops," c. 1917
Title:  PRR "South Altoona Shops," c. 1917
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "South Altoona Shops." No Postmark. Front Caption: "South Altoona Shops, Altoona, Pa." Among other things, the Brass Foundry situated here produced all of the PRR's brass friction bearings and locomotive bells. In later years, a coal-fired electric power plant was built here; it supplied the electricity for all of the Altoona Works. That's the Sixth Avenue Road in the foreground, not visible behind the Shop buildings is the branch line between Hollidaysburg (to the left) and Altoona (to the right), while the imposing Allegheny Mountains are barely visible in the distance. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  2/18/1917  Upload Date: 10/4/2018 3:33:19 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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PRR "The Ladder," c. 1917
Title:  PRR "The Ladder," c. 1917
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "The Ladder." No Postmark. Front Caption: "The 'Ladder' for the Freight Yards, Altoona, Pa." Photo taken from the 17th Street Bridge in Juniata, looking West. On the left is the Eastbound Classification Yard, toward the right are numerous crew-specific cabin cars, then there's the gantry crane for the ash pit, and finally there's the trestle for the wooden coaling wharf. The photographer's name and the date are not recorded.
Photo Date:  2/19/1917  Upload Date: 10/4/2018 3:35:01 AM
Location:  Altoona (Juniata), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Yard,Track
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PRR 3395, K-29, 1917
Title:  PRR 3395, K-29, 1917
Description:  Here is a postal card entitled "Pennsylvania Railroad. New Type Passenger Locomotive." Postmarked: 26 March 1917. #3395 is a K-29 built by the American Locomotive Company during October of 1911, rebuilt as a K-29S in August of 1913, and retired in September of 1929 after 18 years of experimental service.
Photo Date:  3/26/1917  Upload Date: 12/23/2019 7:59:03 PM
Location:  Schenectady, NY
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 3395(4-6-2)
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