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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
1/18/2019
 
 
 
 
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: 4,569
Locomotives:  2,103
Rolling Stock:  333
Locations:  300
What's New?
New Photo Albums
PRR: Huntingdon Steam Action ~ 1946-1956
   -Added 1/3/2019 8:58:21 AM
PRR: Broadway Limited's "Inside Story" ~ 1964
   -Added 12/25/2018 5:56:51 PM
PRR: "Decapod" Parade: Section 2 ~ c. 1955
   -Added 12/22/2018 1:07:20 AM
PRR: Steam Passenger Meldey ~ 1946-1959
   -Added 12/14/2018 1:03:38 PM
PRR: Steam Freight Medley ~ 1946-1959
   -Added 12/14/2018 1:00:45 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. David Sweetland
   -Added 12/14/2018 8:29:12 AM
PRR: 110th Annual Report ~ December 1956
   -Added 12/8/2018 3:34:04 AM
PRR: "Altoona Machine Shops: 1866-1904"
   -Added 11/22/2018 1:50:14 PM
PRR: "Baldwin Centipede" Drawings, FEB 1967
   -Added 11/2/2018 8:44:00 AM
PRR: Rolfe ~> Altoona Pix ~ November 1951
   -Added 10/27/2018 10:49:21 AM
PRR: Aerotrain Pix Ensemble ~ 1956
   -Added 10/21/2018 5:28:50 PM
PRR: Byerly ~> "Diesels On The Pennsylvania"
   -Added 10/18/2018 1:10:57 PM
PRR: "Decapod" Parade: Section 1 ~ c. 1955
   -Added 10/12/2018 1:43:07 AM
PRR & PC: Byerly ~> "Electric Railroading"
   -Added 10/7/2018 12:36:40 PM
PRR: Myers ~> "Electrified Operations"
   -Added 10/6/2018 12:33:14 AM
PRR: Blackhawk Miscellany ~ 1946-1959
   -Added 9/29/2018 12:23:45 AM
PRR: Horseshoe Curve ~ Circa 1957
   -Added 9/3/2018 12:37:48 AM
PRR: A&S Branch Trestle Pix ~ Circa 1936
   -Added 8/26/2018 12:16:24 PM
PRR: PRR-PC-CR Postal Cards ~ 1900-1976
   -Added 8/25/2018 3:50:47 PM
USA: Morgan ~> "Indian Summer" ~ Part 4
   -Added 8/16/2018 2:11:14 AM
PRR: Seidel's "Horseshoe Curve" ~ 2008
   -Added 8/16/2018 1:53:28 AM
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 Action ~ 1946-1996
   -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: Westing ~> Saga Of The DD-1's ~ OCT 1956
   -Added 6/25/2018 1:55:42 AM
   more...
 
Updated Photo Albums
PRR: Pennsy Fire Power ~ 1904-2008
   -Updated 1/14/2019 1:47:08 AM
PRR: PRR-PC-CR Postal Cards ~ 1900-1976
   -Updated 1/11/2019 11:09:00 AM
PRR: Steam Freight Medley ~ 1946-1959
   -Updated 1/10/2019 11:58:55 AM
PRR: Steam Passenger Meldey ~ 1946-1959
   -Updated 1/9/2019 3:58:01 AM
PRR: Pennsy Pix via Mr. Al Chione
   -Updated 1/6/2019 12:42:55 AM
PRR: Aerotrain Pix Ensemble ~ 1956
   -Updated 1/4/2019 8:45:42 PM
PRR: Hopkins ~> Horseshoe Curve Pix ~ Circa 1949
   -Updated 1/1/2019 2:45:51 AM
PRR: "Decapod" Parade: Section 1 ~ c. 1955
   -Updated 12/26/2018 5:17:00 PM
PRR: "Decapod" Parade: Section 2 ~ c. 1955
   -Updated 12/26/2018 5:16:46 PM
PRR: Pennsy Pix by Mr. David Sweetland
   -Updated 12/25/2018 1:42:23 PM
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 12/23/2018 1:44:50 AM
PRR: Blackhawk Miscellany ~ 1946-1959
   -Updated 12/14/2018 2:33:30 PM
PRR: Old-Time PRR in Altoona, PA ~ 17th Street
   -Updated 12/13/2018 1:09:18 PM
PRR: Wreck at New Portage Junction ~ NOV 1916
   -Updated 12/13/2018 1:04:06 PM
PRR-PC-CR: Electric Action ~ 1946-1996
   -Updated 12/13/2018 12:55:28 PM
PRR: 110th Annual Report ~ December 1956
   -Updated 12/9/2018 12:46:15 AM
PRR: Westing ~> Saga Of The DD-1's ~ OCT 1956
   -Updated 12/8/2018 12:15:56 PM
PRR: Annual Report Color Covers ~ 1945-1966
   -Updated 12/8/2018 3:52:48 AM
PRR: "Doodlebug" #4666 ~ September 1965
   -Updated 12/7/2018 4:43:08 PM
PRR: F-7A #9790, On Exhibit, 09 August 1961
   -Updated 12/7/2018 10:44:41 AM
PRR: G-38 ~> "Midget With Muscle" ~ May 1960
   -Updated 12/7/2018 10:38:14 AM
PRR: Plowden ~> "Number 5244" ~ DEC 1959
   -Updated 12/7/2018 10:35:42 AM
Lionel Lines Layout ~ January-February 1966
   -Updated 12/6/2018 3:25:48 PM
PRR: Wood ~> "Piggyback Performance" ~ JUL 60
   -Updated 12/6/2018 3:16:40 PM
PRR-PC-AMTK: Railroad Stations ~ 1960-1978
   -Updated 12/6/2018 2:56:04 PM
PRR: Employee Passes, Etc. ~ 1907 & 1963
   -Updated 12/6/2018 2:13:39 AM
PRR: Morgan ~> "Holiday Near Hollidaysburg"
   -Updated 12/6/2018 2:02:05 AM
PRR: Morgan ~> "By The Seashore" ~ April 1957
   -Updated 12/6/2018 2:01:12 AM
USA: Morgan ~> "Indian Summer" ~ Part 4
   -Updated 12/6/2018 2:00:46 AM
PRR: Clair Clugh, Altoona Works Manager
   -Updated 11/30/2018 2:42:41 AM
PRR: "Altoona Machine Shops: 1866-1904"
   -Updated 11/25/2018 12:00:27 PM
PRR-PC-CR: Altoona Action ~ 1946-1996
   -Updated 11/24/2018 7:59:30 AM
PRR: Healey ~> Pennsy's Philly Ferries
   -Updated 11/22/2018 6:41:15 PM
PRR: Myers ~> "Electrified Operations"
   -Updated 11/21/2018 6:23:09 PM
PRR & PC: Byerly ~> "Electric Railroading"
   -Updated 11/21/2018 6:13:41 PM
   more...
 

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