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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
5/13/2021
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Thomas C. Ayers's Railroad Picture Archives!

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"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  It's my intent to scan and process, upload and annotate many of them for fun and historical reference.

Monday, 04 July 2016
Revised: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Revised: Friday, 09 March 2018
Revised: Monday, 06 August 2018
Revised: Sunday, 17 March 2019
Revised: Tuesday, 01 0ctober 2019
Revised: Thursday, 03 September 2020
Revised: Monday, 15 March 2021


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: 7,542
Locomotives:  3,124
Rolling Stock:  427
Locations:  502
What's New?
New Photo Albums
PRR: "Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition"
   -Added 4/26/2021 9:35:32 AM
PRR: "Altoona Shops Inspection Trip" ~ May 1937
   -Added 4/25/2021 11:25:19 PM
USA: "Potomac Yard, Va." ~ November 1940
   -Added 4/24/2021 1:40:16 PM
PRR: "Big Push For TrucTrain" ~ September 1958
   -Added 4/23/2021 9:11:47 PM
ALV: Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway
   -Added 4/22/2021 2:11:01 PM
PRR: "Scenes of the Pennsylvania Railroad"
   -Added 4/15/2021 3:02:05 PM
PRR: Dahms ~> Diesel Locomotive Portraits 2
   -Added 4/5/2021 10:22:20 AM
PRR: Dahms ~> Steam Locomotive Portraits 6
   -Added 3/24/2021 9:54:45 AM
PRR: Dahms ~> Steam Locomotive Portraits 5
   -Added 3/14/2021 10:12:59 AM
PRR: Pennsy Cabin Car Parade (CCP)
   -Added 3/10/2021 7:26:28 AM
PRR: Dahms ~> Diesel Locomotive Portraits 1
   -Added 2/11/2021 4:03:33 PM
PRR: Dahms ~> Steam Locomotive Portraits 4
   -Added 2/11/2021 3:55:20 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Robert R. Malinowski
   -Added 2/11/2021 11:05:06 AM
PRR: Dahms ~> Miscellaneous Portraits (PMP)
   -Added 1/26/2021 11:20:57 PM
PRR: Dahms ~> Steam Locomotive Portraits 3
   -Added 1/20/2021 12:48:28 AM
PRR: Dahms ~> Steam Locomotive Portraits 2
   -Added 1/2/2021 7:53:32 AM
USA: Horseshoe Curve Postal Cards ~ 1900-1999
   -Added 11/28/2020 7:48:44 AM
PRR: Pennsy Pix via Mr. Brad Mann
   -Added 11/23/2020 10:30:32 AM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Richard R. Wallin
   -Added 11/7/2020 5:44:52 PM
PRR: Rose ~> Camden Action ~ 1953-1962
   -Added 11/5/2020 9:15:46 AM
PRR: Rose ~> Newark Action ~ 1951-1961
   -Added 11/3/2020 11:23:45 AM
PRR: Rose ~> Trenton Action ~ 1952-1967
   -Added 10/25/2020 4:56:05 PM
PRR: Rose ~> PRR & PRSL Miscellanea
   -Added 10/21/2020 6:44:03 PM
PRR: Rose ~> Elmira Branch ~ 1948-1956
   -Added 9/27/2020 6:47:37 PM
PRR: Rose ~> Middle Division ~ 1952-1966
   -Added 9/13/2020 8:39:21 AM
PRR: Showalter ~> Pennsy Locomotive Pix
   -Added 9/12/2020 3:22:15 PM
PRR: Rose ~> Meadows Engine Service Tracks
   -Added 9/7/2020 2:28:21 PM
PRR: World War I Tunnel Defenses ~ 1917-1918
   -Added 8/27/2020 7:33:41 AM
PRR: Altoona's Westbound Receiving Yard Pix
   -Added 8/27/2020 6:00:51 AM
PRR: Internet "Borrowings" ~ iLocomotives
   -Added 8/16/2020 2:31:37 PM
PRR: Old-Time PRR at Horseshoe Curve
   -Added 8/16/2020 6:11:42 AM
PRR: Internet "Borrowings" ~ iLocations
   -Added 8/13/2020 4:20:20 AM
PRR: Old-Time PRR in Altoona, PA ~ RR Station
   -Added 8/11/2020 8:28:38 AM
PRR: Rose ~> PRR Electric Locomotives
   -Added 7/19/2020 6:58:04 PM
PRR: Rose ~> PRR Switching Diesels
   -Added 7/19/2020 6:54:44 PM
   more...
 
Updated Photo Albums
PRR: Pennsy Pix via Mr. Al Chione
   -Updated 5/12/2021 8:21:24 AM
PRR: Hagerstown Steam Action ~ 1946-1957
   -Updated 5/11/2021 10:22:12 PM
PRR: Pennsy Coal Power ~ 1900-2020
   -Updated 5/11/2021 9:13:39 AM
PRR: PRR-PC-CR Postal Cards ~ 1900-1999
   -Updated 5/10/2021 9:29:03 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix via Mr. Brad Mann
   -Updated 5/7/2021 6:43:22 AM
PRR: East Altoona Steam Action ~ 1920-1957
   -Updated 5/4/2021 8:30:40 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Frank Quin
   -Updated 5/2/2021 6:01:24 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. David R. Sweetland
   -Updated 5/2/2021 5:59:22 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. William Volkmer
   -Updated 5/2/2021 5:59:03 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Richard R. Wallin
   -Updated 5/2/2021 5:58:37 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Don Wood
   -Updated 5/2/2021 5:58:18 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. Martin Zak
   -Updated 5/2/2021 5:58:04 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. John M. Prophet III
   -Updated 5/2/2021 11:34:19 AM
PRR: Dubin ~> "The Broadway Limited" ~ 1962
   -Updated 4/30/2021 6:47:09 AM
PRR-PC-CR: Altoona Diesel Action ~ 1946-1996
   -Updated 4/27/2021 9:22:47 PM
PRR: "Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition"
   -Updated 4/27/2021 5:46:45 PM
PRR: World War I Tunnel Defenses ~ 1917-1918
   -Updated 4/26/2021 3:36:58 PM
PRR: "Honor for Duty, Nobly Done" ~ 1917-1918
   -Updated 4/26/2021 3:36:06 PM
PRR: Pennsy Cabin Car Parade (CCP)
   -Updated 4/25/2021 9:25:12 AM
PRR: Pennsy Oil Power ~ 1946-1968
   -Updated 4/24/2021 6:03:21 PM
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 4/24/2021 8:38:41 AM
ALV: Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway
   -Updated 4/23/2021 8:06:06 AM
PRR: Centralized Traffic Control ~ September 1958
   -Updated 4/22/2021 1:51:44 PM
PRR: Pennsy K-4S "Pacific" #1361 In Action
   -Updated 4/21/2021 1:09:55 PM
PRR: "Scenes of the Pennsylvania Railroad"
   -Updated 4/16/2021 9:29:54 PM
PRR: "Pennsylvania's Turbine Engine" ~ JAN 1945
   -Updated 4/15/2021 8:34:51 PM
PRR: Aerotrain Ensemble ~ 1956
   -Updated 4/14/2021 9:08:25 PM
PRR: Dahms ~> Diesel Locomotive Portraits 2
   -Updated 4/12/2021 2:21:21 PM
PRR: Philadelphia's Frankford Junction ~ '46-'69
   -Updated 4/10/2021 10:08:11 PM
PRR: Dahms ~> Steam Locomotive Portraits 6
   -Updated 4/8/2021 3:21:16 PM
USA: Sperry Rail Service Detector Cars
   -Updated 4/5/2021 10:14:36 AM
PRR: Dahms ~> Diesel Locomotive Portraits 1
   -Updated 4/3/2021 8:30:08 PM
PRR: Altoona's Horseshoe Curve ~ 1946-1996
   -Updated 4/1/2021 1:22:40 PM
PRR: Altoona's "Red Bridge" ~ 1946-1968
   -Updated 3/30/2021 10:53:49 PM
USA: "Scrapped" ~ February 1951
   -Updated 3/29/2021 1:33:23 PM
   more...
 

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