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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
8/14/2018
 
 
 
 
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: 4,001
Locomotives:  2,181
Rolling Stock:  318
Locations:  245
What's New?
New Photo Albums
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 Locomotives ~ 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
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Martin Zak
   -Added 5/27/2018 7:22:25 AM
PRR: "Modern Railroads" Reprint ~ November 1956
   -Added 5/25/2018 12:34:06 AM
PRR: Jones ~> "Inaugural Special" #2 ~ JAN 1953
   -Added 5/18/2018 1:30:41 AM
PRR: Healey ~> "Consolidated" Vignettes
   -Added 5/16/2018 11:29:14 AM
PRR: Rejection Letter ~ 27 February 1968
   -Added 5/2/2018 4:42:43 AM
LIRR: Jones ~> Morris Park Pix
   -Added 4/22/2018 2:14:18 AM
PRR: Jones ~> Orangeville Pix
   -Added 4/21/2018 5:00:23 AM
AMTK: GG-1 Deadline ~ June 1981
   -Added 4/21/2018 2:38:35 AM
PRR: Jones ~> "Inaugural Special" #1 ~ JAN 1953
   -Added 4/14/2018 2:54:24 AM
PRR: Jones ~> B&O-PRR Excursion ~ October 1953
   -Added 4/13/2018 12:56:23 PM
PRR: Pennsy Steam Portraits ~ Circa 1946
   -Added 4/13/2018 1:38:42 AM
PRR: 109th Annual Report ~ December 1955
   -Added 4/6/2018 11:21:30 AM
PRR: "How Big Was Big?" ~ February 1979
   -Added 4/5/2018 3:28:49 PM
   more...
 
Updated Photo Albums
PRR-PC-CR: Electric Locomotives ~ 1951-1996
   -Updated 8/14/2018 2:35:32 AM
PRR: Wye Switches ~ 1960-1965
   -Updated 8/13/2018 3:46:10 AM
PRR: Westenberger ~> PRR Postal Cards
   -Updated 8/10/2018 11:04:54 AM
PRR: "Railroad City Limited" ~ 25 April 1964
   -Updated 8/9/2018 5:00:02 PM
PRR: Mid-Mountain Shots ~ 1964-1967
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:59:29 PM
PRR: Wilmington to Altoona ~ 03 July 1964
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:59:09 PM
PRR: Tyrone, PA ~ 1964-1966
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:58:38 PM
PRR: Blairsville, PA ~ 25 October 1964
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:58:22 PM
PRR: Altoona, PA ~ Brickyard ~ 1964 & 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:58:01 PM
PRR: Altoona, PA ~ 03 January 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:57:37 PM
PRR: Wilmington to Altoona ~ 15 August 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:57:05 PM
PRR: Birmingham, PA ~1965-1968
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:56:34 PM
PRR: Spruce Creek, PA ~ 10 July 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:56:13 PM
PRR: Pinecroft, PA ~ 26 June 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:55:49 PM
PRR: Altoona, PA ~ From SLOPE to WORKS: 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:55:28 PM
PRR: Altoona, PA ~ Derailment ~ 21 May 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:55:08 PM
PRR: Altoona, PA ~ 02 May 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:54:36 PM
PRR: Wilmington to Altoona ~ 28 March 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:54:02 PM
PRR: Newark, DE ~ March & August 1965
   -Updated 8/9/2018 4:53:27 PM
PRR: Healey ~> Newtown Square Branch
   -Updated 8/9/2018 7:16:33 AM
USA: Old-Time Engines & Rolling Stock
   -Updated 8/9/2018 7:13:31 AM
PRR: Healey ~> PRR Diesel Engines
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:12:52 PM
PRR: Healey ~> Workin' On The Railroad!
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:11:24 PM
PRR: Healey ~> Pennsy's Philly Ferries
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:10:19 PM
PRR: Healey ~> Horseshoe Curve Pix
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:09:56 PM
PRR: Healey ~> "Atlantic" Vignettes
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:07:58 PM
PRR: Healey ~> "Ten-Wheeler" Vignettes
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:07:16 PM
PRR: Healey ~> "Consolidated" Vignettes
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:06:40 PM
PRR: Healey ~> The Odd Odyssey Of Old #39
   -Updated 8/6/2018 2:06:03 PM
PRR: Healey ~> PRR Switching Engines
   -Updated 8/6/2018 1:56:17 PM
PRR: Hopkins ~> Horseshoe Curve Pix
   -Updated 8/6/2018 1:49:53 PM
PRR: Jones ~> Orangeville Pix
   -Updated 8/6/2018 1:48:24 PM
LIRR: Jones ~> Morris Park Pix
   -Updated 8/6/2018 1:48:03 PM
USA: Healey ~> Demonstration Trains
   -Updated 8/6/2018 1:47:33 PM
PRR: Healey ~> PRR Passenger Engines
   -Updated 8/6/2018 1:45:52 PM
   more...
 

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