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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
8/21/2017
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Thomas C. Ayers's Railroad Picture Archives!

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"So," you 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).  Most of those photos and slides are published herein.

Over the years, I have also collected a good deal of PRR-related ephemera, including a virtually-complete collection of "Pennsy" magazines.  It is my plan to upload various items, stories, and images from them that may be of interest to Pennsylvania Railroad fans.

Created: Monday, 04 July 2016
Revised: Tuesday, 25 July 2017


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: 2,505
Locomotives:  1,321
Rolling Stock:  213
Locations:  141
What's New?
New Photo Albums
PRR: "Old Broad Street" ~ June 1952
   -Added 8/16/2017 4:01:50 AM
USA: PRR's President Clement ~ March 1936
   -Added 8/16/2017 2:39:37 AM
PRR: "Altoona Locomotive Shop" ~ NOV 1962
   -Added 8/16/2017 2:18:04 AM
USA: St. Patrick's Day Flood ~ March 1936
   -Added 8/15/2017 10:46:09 AM
PRR: Pennsy's "New" FF-2 Electrics ~ June 1958
   -Added 8/13/2017 1:48:24 PM
PRR: "Enter The E-44's" ~ February 1961
   -Added 8/13/2017 3:26:46 AM
PRR: "Mile A Minute Freights" ~ January 1963
   -Added 8/13/2017 2:52:14 AM
PRR: "On The Elmira Branch" ~ October 1953
   -Added 8/13/2017 1:56:33 AM
PRR: Metroliner Test Runs ~ November 1967
   -Added 8/12/2017 4:23:32 AM
PRR: "It's A Dog's Life" ~ October 1953
   -Added 8/12/2017 3:53:14 AM
PRR: "National Safety Council Award" ~ July 1952
   -Added 8/12/2017 3:26:25 AM
PRR: "Uplift For Passenger Service" ~ March 1964
   -Added 8/12/2017 1:07:22 AM
PRR: "Soft Ride For Freight" ~ March 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 5:06:06 AM
PRR: "New Cars for Commuters" ~ July 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 4:36:09 AM
PRR: "Here Comes The Coal Express" ~ July 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 3:22:41 AM
PRR: "More Cushioned Cars" ~ July 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 3:08:48 AM
PRR: "Higher & Higher" ~ January 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 2:43:47 AM
PRR: New Freight Locomotives ~ January 1963
   -Added 8/8/2017 3:17:06 PM
PRR: "'Yankee Jet' Arrives" ~ July 1961
   -Added 8/8/2017 2:33:54 PM
PRR: "Rush from Labrador" ~ July 1959
   -Added 8/8/2017 8:16:53 AM
PRR: "Improving Passenger Cars" ~ July 1959
   -Added 8/8/2017 7:56:03 AM
PRR: Centralized Traffic Control ~ September 1958
   -Added 8/6/2017 8:38:11 PM
PRR: "Let's Brag About The Broadway" ~ SEP 1958
   -Added 8/6/2017 8:10:34 PM
PRR: "Make That Engine Move" ~ July 1957
   -Added 8/6/2017 7:19:10 PM
PRR: "Open House" at SRS: July 1961
   -Added 8/6/2017 3:02:01 AM
PRR: "Through Cabin Cars" ~ May 1962
   -Added 8/6/2017 2:14:13 AM
PRR: Journeys of Cabin #477829 ~ November 1956
   -Added 8/6/2017 12:56:40 AM
PRR: "Sunnyside Yardmasters" ~ March 1956
   -Added 8/5/2017 10:45:41 PM
PRR: "Welded Rail on Main Line" ~ December 1956
   -Added 8/5/2017 6:43:39 PM
PRR: "79 More Workhorses" ~ December 1956
   -Added 8/5/2017 12:23:06 PM
PRR: "Trailers on Flatcars" ~ September 1954
   -Added 8/5/2017 11:46:32 AM
PRR: "K-4 on Horseshoe Curve" ~ July 1957
   -Added 8/5/2017 3:39:07 AM
PRR: "S-Cars Speed PRR Supplies" ~ March 1964
   -Added 8/5/2017 3:07:40 AM
PRR: "Renovo Shops" ~ March 1964
   -Added 8/5/2017 2:44:41 AM
PRR: Major Repair Programs ~ JAN & MAY 1963
   -Added 8/5/2017 2:13:07 AM
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Updated Photo Albums
PRR: "Old Broad Street" ~ June 1952
   -Updated 8/20/2017 9:07:22 AM
PRR: "Altoona Locomotive Shop" ~ NOV 1962
   -Updated 8/17/2017 1:24:28 AM
PRR: "Honor for Duty, Nobly Done" ~ 1917-18
   -Updated 8/16/2017 4:49:41 AM
"Pennsy" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1952-1964
   -Updated 8/16/2017 4:28:40 AM
"Trains" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1940-1961
   -Updated 8/16/2017 1:23:04 AM
PRR: Centralized Traffic Control ~ September 1958
   -Updated 8/13/2017 5:31:22 PM
PRR: "It's A Dog's Life" ~ October 1953
   -Updated 8/13/2017 12:37:29 AM
PRR: "K-4 on Horseshoe Curve" ~ July 1957
   -Updated 8/6/2017 7:21:52 PM
PRR: "Welded Rail on Main Line" ~ December 1956
   -Updated 8/6/2017 7:09:20 PM
PRR: "Trailers on Flatcars" ~ June 1954
   -Updated 8/5/2017 12:10:55 PM
PRR: "The Red Arrow" ~ April 1954
   -Updated 8/5/2017 12:10:06 PM
PRR: "Man-Made Safety" ~ November 1953
   -Updated 7/28/2017 4:28:18 PM
PRR: Fire Power ~ 1938-1966
   -Updated 7/15/2017 5:42:55 AM
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 7/15/2017 2:02:33 AM
PRR: "From Baltimore to Harrisburg" ~ AUG 1944
   -Updated 7/11/2017 12:00:03 PM
"NYC+PRR: What Does It Mean?" ~ January 1958
   -Updated 6/29/2017 4:32:26 AM
PRR: "Holiday near Hollidaysburg" ~ March 1957
   -Updated 6/24/2017 2:23:38 AM
The Stuart Postal Cards ~ 1908-1912
   -Updated 6/10/2017 4:12:04 PM
Mr. Herbert P. Ruck, Car Shop Superintendent
   -Updated 6/9/2017 10:42:56 AM
~ Everyday Hollidaysburg, PA ~ 1960-1974
   -Updated 6/7/2017 4:20:33 AM
PRR: Public & Employe Information ~ 1924
   -Updated 5/30/2017 4:14:48 PM
PRR: "World Famous" ~ September 1973
   -Updated 5/30/2017 1:25:39 AM
~ Railroad Stations ~
   -Updated 5/23/2017 1:08:48 AM
PRR & PC: Altoona Action ~ 1952-1989
   -Updated 5/12/2017 11:34:20 AM
PRR: Good Day for Train Watching ~ 25 July 1960
   -Updated 5/12/2017 11:27:35 AM
PRR: "Portage Railroad" ~ January 1957
   -Updated 5/10/2017 3:24:39 AM
PRR & PC: Samuel Rea Shop ~ 1957-1972
   -Updated 5/6/2017 4:24:44 AM
PRR: "Modern Power For Today's Trains" ~ 1949
   -Updated 5/4/2017 8:21:26 PM
~ Museum Bound ~
   -Updated 5/4/2017 12:44:38 PM
PRR: "Pictorial Review of Progress" ~ March 1953
   -Updated 5/2/2017 10:27:59 AM
PRR: WYE Tower ~ 1960-1965
   -Updated 4/29/2017 1:07:54 AM
PRR: Gallitzin, PA ~ 1960-1964
   -Updated 4/29/2017 1:06:19 AM
PRR: Altoona, PA ~ 11 December 1965
   -Updated 4/26/2017 4:39:17 AM
"Action at Elizabeth" ~ May 1949
   -Updated 4/22/2017 9:34:33 AM
"Railroads of Wilmington" ~ September 1949
   -Updated 4/22/2017 9:31:07 AM
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