Category Archives: Pennsylvania

Chicago to Cleveland or Pittsburgh: 5 railroad routes until the 1950s

As I left Chicago recently on Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, riding over former New York Central rails toward Cleveland on almost the same schedule as New York Central’s Lake Shore Limited, I ate dinner in the diner and then lay in … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Broadway Limited, 1948

As a kid, I wrote to railroads and asked for pictures of their trains. A stamp on the back of this photo says: “Kaufman and Fabry Co., Commercial Photographers, Tel. HArr 7-3135, 425 So. Wab. Ave., Chicago.” Penciled in on … Continue reading

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Rock Island, Southern Pacific Golden State sleepers on Pennsylvania Admiral at Horseshoe Curve

Click to enlarge the photo and click again to enlarge the enlargement. The Admiral is two hours late, according to the caption of this photo from Don Ball, Jr.’s Pennsylvania Railroad 1940s-1950s. The sleepers from the Golden State are coming through from … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Railroad Horseshoe Curve

This photo is reproduced from an envelope in which Pennsylvania mailed me the typically American Railroad Association booklets a railroad might send to a kid writing to ask about their trains. They didn’t understand that I wanted a timetable and … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania diesels in green and in tuscan color schemes

I believe Pennsylvania’s passenger engines (diesels and GG1s) were first green with gold pin strips and the cars were tuscan, as pictured below. Later, after the war I think, the engines received the tuscan paint that matched the cars. Photo above and below from Don Ball, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Railroad schedule, July 30, 1961

Front cover above, back cover below. A unique feature of Pennsy’s system schedules was the map of stations in Chicago, below.

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Pennsylvania Railroad streamlined coach interior

In this little booklet I especially like the picture of the family in a streamlined coach. By the 1950s eastern railroads weren’t lavish in advertising brochures, so I have fewer glimpses of life aboard their trains. Less rare is the photo of … Continue reading

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