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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
11/15/2018
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Thomas C. Ayers's Railroad Picture Archives!

Front Page Pic Welcome to the RRPictureArchives.NET contributor site of Thomas C. Ayers.  

"So," you might ask, "how's come all these photos and articles about the Pennsylvania Railroad?"

When I was really young, my Mother would take my little Brother and me for walks along the Pennsylvania Railroad's tracks in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania,  where we'd be serenaded by steam locomotives switching cars back and forth.   Kinda figures we'd end-up there, since her own Father was a PRR locomotive fireman and engineman for 50 years.

When I was a little older, I found that I was obsessed with trains.  First, there was the Lionel Lines Layout in the basement.  Then there was watching trains.  Then there was photographing trains.  And all-along there was the melancholy sense that something really, really amazing had passed . . . and that I had just missed it: the "Age of Steam."

And now that I have just signed-up for Social Security, I've found that I have over 1,500 black-&-white photos and color slides of Pennsylvania Railroad trains ~ and that most of them were taken during the eleven-year span between the end of the "Age of Steam" on the PRR and the creation of the Penn Central Railroad (viz., 1957-1968).  Many of those photos and slides are published herein.

Over the years, I have collected a good deal of PRR-related ephemera ~ including a virtually-complete collection of "Pennsy" magazines.  By means of eBay auctions, I've also purchased large numbers of PRR-related negatives and photos from the estates of Messrs. Roy Healey, Douglas C. Jones, and Henry C. Westenberger.  It is my intent to upload various items and images that may be of interest to you.

Created: Monday, 04 July 2016
Revised: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Revised: Friday, 09 March 2018
Revised: Monday, 06 August 2018


You may browse my collection of pictures via the menu located on the left hand side of the page.  I hope you enjoy the collection and thanks for stopping by!

 
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Site Stats
Photos: 4,374
Locomotives:  2,275
Rolling Stock:  331
Locations:  287
What's New?
New Photo Albums
PRR: "Baldwin Centipede" Drawings, FEB 1967
   -Added 11/2/2018 8:44:00 AM
PRR: Rolfe ~> Altoona Pix ~ November 1951
   -Added 10/27/2018 10:49:21 AM
PRR: Aerotrain Pix Ensemble ~ 1956
   -Added 10/21/2018 5:28:50 PM
PRR: Byerly ~> "Diesels On The Pennsylvania"
   -Added 10/18/2018 1:10:57 PM
PRR: "Decapod" Parade ~ c. 1955
   -Added 10/12/2018 1:43:07 AM
PRR & PC: Byerly ~> "Electric Railroading"
   -Added 10/7/2018 12:36:40 PM
PRR: Myers ~> "Electrified Operations"
   -Added 10/6/2018 12:33:14 AM
PRR: Blackhawk Miscellany ~ 1946-1956
   -Added 9/29/2018 12:23:45 AM
PRR: Horseshoe Curve ~ Circa 1957
   -Added 9/3/2018 12:37:48 AM
PRR: A&S Branch Trestle Pix ~ Circa 1936
   -Added 8/26/2018 12:16:24 PM
PRR: PRR-PC-CR Postal Cards ~ 1900-1976
   -Added 8/25/2018 3:50:47 PM
USA: Morgan's "Indian Summer" ~ Part 4
   -Added 8/16/2018 2:11:14 AM
PRR: Seidel's "Horseshoe Curve" ~ 2008
   -Added 8/16/2018 1:53:28 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Postal Cards
   -Added 8/5/2018 8:34:04 AM
USA: "The Big Diesel That Didn't" ~ January 1963
   -Added 8/1/2018 12:15:21 PM
SRS: Sperry Rail Service #130 ~ January 1963
   -Added 8/1/2018 3:14:42 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Switching Engines
   -Added 7/28/2018 1:06:42 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Passenger Engines
   -Added 7/28/2018 1:03:29 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Freight Engines
   -Added 7/28/2018 12:57:22 AM
PRR-PC-CR: Electric Action ~ 1951-1996
   -Added 7/27/2018 10:32:11 AM
USA: "On Behalf Of Baldwin" ~ DEC 1967
   -Added 7/23/2018 3:03:31 PM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Miscellanea
   -Added 7/23/2018 1:09:12 AM
PRR: "Triple Train Treat" ~ December 1967
   -Added 7/22/2018 12:44:22 PM
PRR: Centipede Celebration ~ May 1973
   -Added 7/18/2018 5:46:36 PM
PRR: "Pennsy's Famous Horseshoe Curve" ~ 1954
   -Added 7/7/2018 3:59:08 PM
PRR: Tale Of The Tubular Train ~ October 1956
   -Added 6/27/2018 4:43:02 AM
PRR: Saga Of The DD-1's ~ October 1956
   -Added 6/25/2018 1:55:42 AM
PRR: "The Story Of A Pacific" ~ August 1956
   -Added 6/18/2018 1:14:29 AM
PRR: "Atchison, Topeka, & Ohio" ~ August 1956
   -Added 6/17/2018 3:48:19 AM
PRR: "Here Comes Tomorrow" ~ September 1955
   -Added 6/13/2018 5:36:40 AM
PRR: "De-dieselization" ~ September 1955
   -Added 6/13/2018 4:29:33 AM
PRR: "By The Seashore" ~ April 1957
   -Added 6/10/2018 2:34:07 PM
PRR: "Busiest Mountain Railroad" ~ April 1957
   -Added 6/10/2018 2:22:34 PM
PRR: Altoona Shops Inspection Trip ~ 1981
   -Added 6/7/2018 2:39:15 AM
PRR: Morgan ~> Decapods #4616-#4243 ~ 1957
   -Added 5/30/2018 4:01:30 AM
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Updated Photo Albums
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 11/12/2018 12:11:16 PM
PRR: Blackhawk Miscellany ~ 1946-1956
   -Updated 11/8/2018 1:54:37 PM
PRR: PRR-PC-CR Postal Cards ~ 1900-1976
   -Updated 11/7/2018 3:51:47 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix via Mr. Al Chione
   -Updated 11/7/2018 6:06:15 AM
PRR: Rolfe ~> Altoona Pix ~ November 1951
   -Updated 11/6/2018 9:37:14 PM
PRR: "From Baltimore to Harrisburg" ~ AUG 1944
   -Updated 11/5/2018 8:04:19 AM
PRR: "Baldwin Centipede" Drawings, FEB 1967
   -Updated 11/3/2018 11:29:41 AM
PRR: Byerly ~> "Diesels On The Pennsylvania"
   -Updated 11/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
PRR: Myers ~> "Electrified Operations"
   -Updated 10/19/2018 4:59:55 AM
PRR & PC: Byerly ~> "Electric Railroading"
   -Updated 10/19/2018 4:59:28 AM
PRR: Hastings ~> Northbound Coal Train ~ 1957
   -Updated 10/19/2018 4:58:01 AM
PRR: McLeod ~> Horseshoe Curve ~ Summer 1948
   -Updated 10/19/2018 4:55:18 AM
PRR-PC-CR: Altoona Action ~ 1915-1996
   -Updated 10/19/2018 2:32:38 AM
PRR-PC-CR: Electric Action ~ 1951-1996
   -Updated 10/18/2018 5:30:38 AM
PRR: Pennsy Fire Power ~ 1904-2008
   -Updated 10/18/2018 2:41:05 AM
PRR: "Decapod" Parade ~ c. 1955
   -Updated 10/16/2018 7:31:01 PM
PRR & AMTK: Railroad Stations ~ 1960-1978
   -Updated 10/10/2018 6:49:22 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Martin Zak
   -Updated 10/3/2018 3:35:16 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Miscellanea
   -Updated 9/15/2018 8:11:27 PM
PRR: Healey ~> Newtown Square Branch
   -Updated 9/13/2018 4:37:23 PM
AMTK: Motive Power ~ 1976-1992
   -Updated 9/6/2018 3:40:39 PM
PA: Hollidaysburg Topographic Map ~ 1931
   -Updated 9/6/2018 1:41:50 PM
PRR: A&S Branch Trestle Pix ~ Circa 1936
   -Updated 9/5/2018 11:10:41 AM
NYC: Hell Gate Bridge Photos ~ 1940-1948
   -Updated 9/4/2018 12:27:29 PM
PRR: Hopkins ~> Horseshoe Curve Pix ~ C. 1949
   -Updated 9/3/2018 12:24:13 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Passenger Engines
   -Updated 8/30/2018 2:59:01 AM
USA: Morgan's "Indian Summer" ~ Part 4
   -Updated 8/29/2018 1:12:58 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Freight Engines
   -Updated 8/28/2018 5:10:14 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Postal Cards
   -Updated 8/28/2018 1:04:31 AM
PRR: Gallitzin, PA ~ 1960 & 1964
   -Updated 8/27/2018 1:08:51 PM
PRR: Seidel's "Horseshoe Curve" ~ 2008
   -Updated 8/27/2018 12:06:56 PM
PRR: Hollidaysburg, PA ~ Yard Power
   -Updated 8/19/2018 7:25:49 PM
PRR: The Stuart Postal Cards ~ 1908-1912
   -Updated 8/18/2018 2:52:58 PM
BWCX: Berwind-White Locomotives ~ 1960-1968
   -Updated 8/16/2018 5:20:18 AM
USA: Horseshoe Curve Commemorations
   -Updated 8/16/2018 4:48:09 AM
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