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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
10/20/2017
 
 
 
 
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: 2,799
Locomotives:  1,437
Rolling Stock:  223
Locations:  162
What's New?
New Photo Albums
PRR: "Sunnyside Yard" ~ May 1948
   -Added 10/15/2017 5:59:59 PM
PRR: "Motive Power Roster" ~ August 1957
   -Added 10/14/2017 1:50:06 PM
PRR: "Fastest Steam Locomotive" ~ August 1957
   -Added 10/14/2017 4:30:38 AM
USA: Hell Gate Bridge ~ 1940-1948
   -Added 10/14/2017 2:00:57 AM
PRR: "The Broadway Limited" ~ February 1962
   -Added 10/12/2017 12:15:15 AM
PRR: "This Thing Called Railroading" ~ 1949
   -Added 10/11/2017 4:18:53 AM
AMTK: "Taking Of Amtrak 4935" ~ July 1977
   -Added 10/11/2017 2:44:24 AM
PRR: "Testing Materials" ~ October 1911
   -Added 10/11/2017 1:48:22 AM
PRR: "Largest Locomotive Fleet" ~ April 1964
   -Added 10/3/2017 1:54:15 AM
PRR: "Pennsy's Steel Thunderbolts" ~ DEC 1947
   -Added 10/1/2017 11:48:08 PM
PRR: "Modified T-1 Class" ~ December 1947
   -Added 9/30/2017 3:48:36 AM
PRR: Muleshoe Curve ~ Vintage Photos
   -Added 9/28/2017 4:15:16 PM
PRR: Atterbury's M-1 Engines: Part 2 ~ 1979
   -Added 9/26/2017 10:49:48 AM
USA: "Low-Nose Lookout" ~ March 1964
   -Added 9/26/2017 3:22:48 AM
PRR: Story Of The GG-1 ~ March 1964
   -Added 9/18/2017 9:41:38 AM
USA: "Train Master Tribute" ~ August 1973
   -Added 9/18/2017 1:37:56 AM
USA: "The Story Of ALCo" ~ December 1965
   -Added 9/17/2017 11:10:34 AM
USA: "Those Esthetic E-8's" ~ May 1964
   -Added 9/16/2017 11:45:28 PM
PRR: "Second Engine 28" ~ March 1975
   -Added 9/16/2017 9:47:17 PM
PRR: Atterbury's M-1 Engines: Part 1 ~ 1979
   -Added 9/11/2017 8:44:09 AM
PRR: "When We Had It All Together" ~ 1979
   -Added 9/10/2017 12:47:19 PM
PRR: "Mass-Production Ten-Wheeler" ~ 1973
   -Added 9/8/2017 12:48:59 AM
PRR: Centennial History Of The PRR ~ 1949
   -Added 9/7/2017 2:21:19 AM
PRR: "Requiem For The Pennsylvania" ~ 1973
   -Added 9/6/2017 5:02:29 AM
CR: "Hollidaysburg Car Shops" ~ 2005
   -Added 9/6/2017 3:09:34 AM
USA: "Who Says Everybody's Flying?" ~ June 1958
   -Added 8/23/2017 8:58:01 AM
PRR: "GG-1 Gets Its 25 Year Button" ~ SEP 1959
   -Added 8/23/2017 1:02:03 AM
PRR: "The Broadway Makes A Hit" ~ SEP 1959
   -Added 8/23/2017 12:48:56 AM
PRR: "Weather-Proof Locomotives" ~ SEP 1959
   -Added 8/23/2017 12:34:27 AM
PRR: "Conway Is Completed" ~ September 1959
   -Added 8/22/2017 1:45:45 PM
PRR: "Logansport To Effner" ~ September 1952
   -Added 8/22/2017 12:42:44 PM
PRR: Annual Report Color Covers
   -Added 8/22/2017 4:06:10 AM
PRR: "'Atomic' Switch Lamp" ~ NOV-DEC 1958
   -Added 8/22/2017 2:52:36 AM
PRR: "Penn Center" ~ November-December 1958
   -Added 8/22/2017 2:36:14 AM
PRR: "Old Broad Street" ~ June 1952
   -Added 8/16/2017 4:01:50 AM
   more...
 
Updated Photo Albums
PRR: Wreck at New Portage Junction ~ 1916
   -Updated 10/18/2017 1:22:33 AM
PRR: Fire Power ~ 1904-1976
   -Updated 10/17/2017 1:10:05 AM
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 10/14/2017 2:32:59 AM
USA: Raymond Loewy Associates ~ December 1948
   -Updated 10/14/2017 1:05:45 AM
USA: Washington Terminal Railroad ~ October 1948
   -Updated 10/14/2017 1:05:30 AM
PRR & PC: Altoona Action ~ 1915-1989
   -Updated 10/14/2017 12:54:55 AM
USA: "Action at Elizabeth" ~ May 1949
   -Updated 10/13/2017 2:14:11 PM
USA: "Railroads of Wilmington" ~ September 1949
   -Updated 10/13/2017 2:13:21 PM
USA: "Railfans' Saturday Night" ~ February 1946
   -Updated 10/12/2017 3:07:27 AM
PRR: "Pennsy" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1952-1964
   -Updated 10/9/2017 11:40:04 PM
PRR: Old-Time PRR in Hollidaysburg, PA
   -Updated 10/6/2017 3:51:24 AM
PRR: Muleshoe Curve ~ Vintage Photos
   -Updated 9/30/2017 12:21:06 PM
"Trains" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1940-1979
   -Updated 9/26/2017 2:06:18 AM
PRR: "Second Engine 28" ~ March 1975
   -Updated 9/26/2017 1:50:46 AM
PRR: Centennial History Of The PRR ~ 1949
   -Updated 9/16/2017 5:08:29 PM
"Washington Union Station" ~ December 1940
   -Updated 9/12/2017 4:05:10 PM
USA: PRR's President Clement ~ March 1936
   -Updated 9/12/2017 1:15:50 PM
PRR: "When We Had It All Together" ~ 1979
   -Updated 9/12/2017 1:10:42 PM
PRR: "Mass-Production Ten-Wheeler" ~ 1973
   -Updated 9/9/2017 12:48:51 AM
PRR: "PRR's Historical Collection" ~ 1996
   -Updated 9/8/2017 12:41:40 AM
PRR: "Samuel Rea Shop Readied" ~ November 1955
   -Updated 8/31/2017 9:43:59 AM
USA: "Who Says Everybody's Flying?" ~ June 1958
   -Updated 8/24/2017 9:39:25 AM
USA: "Piggy-back Ramps" ~ August 1959
   -Updated 8/23/2017 3:03:01 AM
PRR: "Biggest Freight Car Order" ~ 1959
   -Updated 8/22/2017 1:40:10 PM
PRR: "Ninety-Ninth Annual Report" ~ DEC 1945
   -Updated 8/22/2017 4:52:21 AM
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
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
   more...
 

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