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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
7/22/2017
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Thomas C. Ayers's Railroad Picture Archives!

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"So," you say, "how's come all of these photos of 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 & 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).

I doubt that there's any need to "publish" all of those photos and slides, but I've marshalled a bunch of them here for your edification and entertainment.

Revised: Monday, 04 July 2016


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: 2,366
Locomotives:  1,303
Rolling Stock:  202
Locations:  130
What's New?
New Photo Albums
PRR: "PRR's Historical Collection" ~ 1996
   -Added 7/14/2017 5:45:12 PM
PRR: "Honor for Duty, Nobly Done" ~ 1917-1918
   -Added 7/10/2017 2:59:48 AM
PRR: "Conquering the Alleghenies" ~ 1988
   -Added 7/7/2017 5:25:26 PM
PRR: Horseshoe Curve ~ Circa 1949
   -Added 7/7/2017 3:08:54 AM
PRR: "Midget With Muscle" ~ May 1960
   -Added 7/7/2017 1:39:06 AM
PRR: "Pennsy's New Juice Jacks" ~ February 1954
   -Added 6/30/2017 1:10:49 AM
PRR: "The Strike" ~ November 1960
   -Added 6/29/2017 3:34:26 AM
PRR: "The New Electrics" ~ November 1960
   -Added 6/29/2017 1:29:09 AM
PRR: "Antique Special" ~ January 1961
   -Added 6/29/2017 12:58:49 AM
PRR: "Night Under the River" ~ January 1961
   -Added 6/29/2017 12:42:24 AM
PRR: "50th Anniversary" ~ September 1960
   -Added 6/28/2017 2:05:27 PM
PRR: "High Line" ~ September 1960
   -Added 6/28/2017 1:43:36 PM
PRR: "Altoona Builds for the Future" ~ JAN 1961
   -Added 6/28/2017 1:20:21 PM
"NYC+PRR: What Does It Mean?" ~ January 1958
   -Added 6/27/2017 8:16:46 PM
PRR: "Trailers on Flatcars" ~ June 1954
   -Added 6/27/2017 7:24:55 PM
PRR: Brett's "Speed and Security" ~ 1926
   -Added 6/27/2017 7:09:14 PM
PRR: "Ninety-Ninth Annual Report" ~ 1946
   -Added 6/16/2017 2:42:36 AM
PRR: "Biggest Freight Car Order" ~ 1959
   -Added 6/12/2017 10:38:34 PM
PRR: "The Broadway Limited: 1902-1927"
   -Added 6/11/2017 7:07:51 PM
PRR: "Transportation Progress" ~ 1946
   -Added 6/10/2017 5:04:53 AM
Mr. Herbert P. Ruck, Car Shop Superintendent
   -Added 6/8/2017 2:50:49 AM
PRR: "Progress in Transportation" ~ 1963
   -Added 5/31/2017 3:36:42 PM
PRR: James Symes's "Straight Talk" ~ July 1955
   -Added 5/30/2017 11:59:29 PM
PRR: "World Famous" ~ September 1973
   -Added 5/27/2017 2:20:02 AM
PRR: Public & Employe Information ~ 1924
   -Added 5/25/2017 10:06:46 PM
PRR: "Album of Pennsylvania R.R. Scenery"
   -Added 5/12/2017 2:19:01 AM
PRR: "Progress in Transportation" ~ 1958
   -Added 5/6/2017 12:33:52 AM
PRR: "Century of Progress" ~ 1933
   -Added 5/4/2017 8:20:28 PM
BWCX: Personnel & Plant ~ 1964-2015
   -Added 5/4/2017 11:18:36 AM
PRR: "Pictorial Review of Progress" ~ March 1953
   -Added 5/1/2017 2:22:11 AM
PRR: SRS "Expanded Car Program" ~ March 1959
   -Added 4/29/2017 7:23:59 PM
PRR: "Modern Power For Today's Trains" ~ 1949
   -Added 4/20/2017 11:56:28 PM
PRR: "Modern Locomotives and Cars 1939"
   -Added 4/19/2017 12:34:31 AM
PRR: "Trains" Centennial Issue ~ April 1946
   -Added 4/16/2017 4:39:52 PM
PRR: "Pennsy Power Parade" ~ November 1954
   -Added 4/16/2017 12:45:10 AM
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Updated Photo Albums
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
PRR: "Trailers on Flatcars" ~ June 1954
   -Updated 6/29/2017 1:22:45 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
"Trains" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1940-1961
   -Updated 6/10/2017 7:27:14 PM
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
Metro-North Railroad: Larchmont, NY ~ 1985
   -Updated 4/21/2017 4:04:27 AM
TTX: F-89FX Flatcar ~ April 1966
   -Updated 4/21/2017 3:52:36 AM
TTX: F-39C Flatcar ~ Builder's Photos
   -Updated 4/21/2017 3:51:58 AM
PRR: Railroaders Who Influenced Me
   -Updated 4/21/2017 3:36:47 AM
PRR: "Modern Locomotives and Cars 1939"
   -Updated 4/20/2017 9:01:15 PM
PRR: "Railroad" Centennial Album ~ April 1946
   -Updated 4/16/2017 11:52:43 AM
Allegheny Portage Railroad ~ July 1972
   -Updated 4/16/2017 12:14:04 AM
PRR: Hollidaysburg, PA ~ MoW Equipment
   -Updated 4/14/2017 3:26:04 AM
PRR: Hollidaysburg, PA ~ Road Power
   -Updated 4/14/2017 2:59:28 AM
PRR: Hollidaysburg, PA ~ Yard Power
   -Updated 4/14/2017 2:58:42 AM
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