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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
1/18/2018
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Thomas C. Ayers's Railroad Picture Archives!

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"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 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: 3,130
Locomotives:  1,620
Rolling Stock:  257
Locations:  177
What's New?
New Photo Albums
USA: "Allegheny Portage Railroad" ~ 1997
   -Added 1/10/2018 1:37:59 PM
USA: "Horseshoe Curve Pictorial" ~ 2004
   -Added 1/6/2018 11:02:12 AM
PRR: "Eagles Have Flown" ~ November 1966
   -Added 1/6/2018 3:52:12 AM
PRR: "The 'Big Wheels'" ~ February 1968
   -Added 12/30/2017 4:37:06 AM
PRR: "Rail Whale": Part 2 ~ April 1966
   -Added 12/30/2017 3:15:28 AM
PRR: "Rail Whale": Part 1 ~ February 1966
   -Added 12/30/2017 2:52:49 AM
PRR: "New Penn Station" ~ November 1965
   -Added 12/30/2017 2:14:50 AM
PRR: "Cabins Deluxe" ~ November 1965
   -Added 12/29/2017 12:08:41 PM
PRR: "New Super-Diesel" ~ May 1967
   -Added 12/29/2017 4:15:38 AM
PRR: "150 New Diesels" ~ May 1965
   -Added 12/29/2017 3:31:17 AM
PRR: Andrew Carnegie: PRR Man ~ May 1967
   -Added 12/29/2017 2:24:57 AM
PRR: Altoona's Rail Museum Claims ~ May 1965
   -Added 12/29/2017 2:20:06 AM
PRR: "Johnstown And The Great Flood" ~ June 1953
   -Added 12/23/2017 2:54:33 AM
PRR: "Unit Trains" ~ 1964
   -Added 12/23/2017 1:11:27 AM
PRR: "Horseshoe Curve" ~ 2006
   -Added 12/15/2017 3:59:33 AM
USA: "Coffee-Break" ~ November 1954
   -Added 12/15/2017 2:36:32 AM
PRR: "Horseshoe Centenary" ~ November 1954
   -Added 12/15/2017 2:16:14 AM
Mr. Clair I. Clugh, Altoona Works Manager
   -Added 12/6/2017 2:01:31 AM
PRR: Locomotives Of The PRR ~ 1959
   -Added 12/3/2017 4:30:41 AM
PRR: "Power Whips Mountains" ~ 1991
   -Added 12/3/2017 3:07:09 AM
PRR: Altoona RR Pictorial History ~ 1996
   -Added 11/23/2017 7:22:58 PM
PRR: Wreck at Kladder Station ~ March 1926
   -Added 11/23/2017 5:33:13 AM
PRR: "Altoona Shops" ~ Autumn 1996
   -Added 11/17/2017 4:41:07 PM
PRR: "Soliloquy Of Altoona" ~ April 1978
   -Added 11/16/2017 1:13:01 PM
PRR: "Largest Railroad Shops" ~ April 1978
   -Added 11/16/2017 1:57:27 AM
PRR: "Altoona Works" ~ 5-7 October 1925
   -Added 11/15/2017 4:03:34 PM
USA: "Horseshoe Curve" ~ August 2004
   -Added 10/28/2017 2:02:01 AM
PRR: "Steam From Altoona" ~ December 1963
   -Added 10/27/2017 3:49:55 AM
PRR: "No. 2 Ore Hauler" ~ September 1962
   -Added 10/26/2017 5:54:39 PM
AMTK: "Regards To 'The Broadway'" ~ 1995
   -Added 10/26/2017 11:30:42 AM
PRR: "Pennsy Photo Section" ~ August 2001
   -Added 10/26/2017 1:32:22 AM
PRR: "The Pennsylvania Special" ~ April 1972
   -Added 10/21/2017 5:02:15 PM
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
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Updated Photo Albums
PRR: Old-Time PRR in Hollidaysburg, PA
   -Updated 1/16/2018 9:09:05 AM
USA: "Allegheny Portage Railroad" ~ 1997
   -Updated 1/12/2018 7:07:38 AM
USA: "Portage Railroad" ~ January 1957
   -Updated 1/10/2018 3:27:59 PM
PRR: Pennsy Fire Power ~ 1904-2008
   -Updated 1/10/2018 4:53:20 AM
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 1/10/2018 3:02:45 AM
PRR: Annual Report Color Covers ~ 1946-1964
   -Updated 1/6/2018 1:39:31 AM
AMTK: New Rochelle To Washington ~ 1987
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:34:18 AM
PRR: "Conquering The Alleghenies" ~ 1988
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:31:37 AM
PRR: "Caretaker Of The Curve" ~ February 1954
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:29:11 AM
PRR: "Trailers On Flatcars": Part 1 ~ June 1954
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:27:50 AM
PRR: "Trailers On Flatcars": Part 2 ~ SEP 1954
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:26:47 AM
PRR: "Ghost Train Of The PRR" ~ March 1955
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:25:23 AM
PRR: "1,000 Box Cars From Altoona" ~ March 1955
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:23:53 AM
PRR: "A Shipper Talks To Railroaders" ~ May 1955
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:22:39 AM
PRR: "Birth Of A New Train" ~ July 1955
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:22:14 AM
PRR: "Palace Of Progress" ~ July 1955
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:19:18 AM
PRR: "Altoona Makes Machines" ~ April 1956
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:16:49 AM
PRR: "World Famous" ~ September 1973
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:10:13 AM
PRR: "Second Engine 28" ~ March 1975
   -Updated 12/30/2017 6:06:03 AM
PRR: "PRR's Historical Collection" ~ 1996
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:58:42 AM
PRR: "Pictorial Review of Progress" ~ March 1953
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:42:09 AM
PRR: "Big [Brownhoist] Worker" ~ August 1953
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:39:32 AM
PRR: "Pennsy's New Juice Jacks" ~ February 1954
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:37:47 AM
PRR: "Pennsy Power Parade" ~ November 1954
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:32:04 AM
PRR: "Number 5244" ~ December 1959
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:28:43 AM
PRR: "Army-Navy Game" ~ January 1962
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:23:53 AM
PRR: Metroliner Test Runs ~ November 1967
   -Updated 12/30/2017 5:02:06 AM
PRR: "If It's Scrap" ~ July 1967
   -Updated 12/30/2017 4:49:24 AM
PRR: "From Baltimore to Harrisburg" ~ August 1944
   -Updated 12/29/2017 10:39:12 AM
PRR: "Horseshoe Curve" ~ July 1967
   -Updated 12/29/2017 4:47:45 AM
PRR: "Pennsy" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1952-1964
   -Updated 12/28/2017 9:29:17 PM
PRR: "Johnstown And The Great Flood" ~ June 1953
   -Updated 12/24/2017 7:49:28 AM
"Trains" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1940-2004
   -Updated 12/23/2017 5:10:17 AM
PRR: Altoona's HOMER Tower ~ 1964-1972
   -Updated 12/23/2017 3:34:50 AM
PRR: "Power Whips Mountains" ~ 1991
   -Updated 12/19/2017 1:57:33 PM
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