Welcome to the RRPictureArchives.NET contributor site of Thomas C. Ayers.
"So," you might ask, "what's with all of these photos and articles about the Pennsylvania Railroad?"
When I was really young, my Mother would take my brother Jim and I 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 just passed . . . and that I had just missed it ~ namely, 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.
In recent years, I have also acquired a lot of PRR-related ephemera ~ including a complete collection of "Pennsy" magazines and the first 12 years of "Trains" magazine. By means of eBay auctions, I've bought large numbers of PRR-related negatives, prints, and slides from the collections or estates of Nathan Dahms, Roy Healey, Douglas C. Jones, Raymond C. Laws, Brad Mann, Harold K. Vollrath, Henry C. Westenberger, and others. In a like manner, I've purchased large quantities of "Al Chione" slides from Lewis Fols, Tim Howerter, and Tim Rose. It's my intent to scan and process, upload and annotate many of them for fun and historical reference.
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