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Thomas C. Ayers's Collection
 
9/19/2017
 
 
 
 
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: 2,671
Locomotives:  1,381
Rolling Stock:  215
Locations:  150
What's New?
New Photo Albums
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
USA: PRR's President Clement ~ March 1936
   -Added 8/16/2017 2:39:37 AM
PRR: "Altoona Locomotive Shop" ~ NOV 1962
   -Added 8/16/2017 2:18:04 AM
USA: St. Patrick's Day Flood ~ March 1936
   -Added 8/15/2017 10:46:09 AM
PRR: Pennsy's "New" FF-2 Electrics ~ June 1958
   -Added 8/13/2017 1:48:24 PM
PRR: "Enter The E-44's" ~ February 1961
   -Added 8/13/2017 3:26:46 AM
PRR: "Mile A Minute Freights" ~ January 1963
   -Added 8/13/2017 2:52:14 AM
PRR: "On The Elmira Branch" ~ October 1953
   -Added 8/13/2017 1:56:33 AM
PRR: Metroliner Test Runs ~ November 1967
   -Added 8/12/2017 4:23:32 AM
PRR: "It's A Dog's Life" ~ October 1953
   -Added 8/12/2017 3:53:14 AM
PRR: "National Safety Council Award" ~ July 1952
   -Added 8/12/2017 3:26:25 AM
PRR: "Uplift For Passenger Service" ~ March 1964
   -Added 8/12/2017 1:07:22 AM
PRR: "Soft Ride For Freight" ~ March 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 5:06:06 AM
PRR: "New Cars for Commuters" ~ July 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 4:36:09 AM
PRR: "Here Comes The Coal Express" ~ July 1963
   -Added 8/9/2017 3:22:41 AM
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Updated Photo Albums
PRR: "Second Engine 28" ~ March 1975
   -Updated 9/19/2017 1:22:08 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: Fire Power ~ 1929-1976
   -Updated 9/9/2017 2:34:51 AM
"Trains" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1940-1979
   -Updated 9/9/2017 1:12:27 AM
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
"Pennsy" Magazine Illustrations ~ 1952-1964
   -Updated 8/22/2017 2:11:07 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
~ Extra Board ~
   -Updated 7/15/2017 2:02:33 AM
PRR: "From Baltimore to Harrisburg" ~ AUG 1944
   -Updated 7/11/2017 12:00:03 PM
"NYC+PRR: What Does It Mean?" ~ January 1958
   -Updated 6/29/2017 4:32:26 AM
PRR: "Holiday near Hollidaysburg" ~ March 1957
   -Updated 6/24/2017 2:23:38 AM
The Stuart Postal Cards ~ 1908-1912
   -Updated 6/10/2017 4:12:04 PM
Mr. Herbert P. Ruck, Car Shop Superintendent
   -Updated 6/9/2017 10:42:56 AM
~ Everyday Hollidaysburg, PA ~ 1960-1974
   -Updated 6/7/2017 4:20:33 AM
PRR: Public & Employe Information ~ 1924
   -Updated 5/30/2017 4:14:48 PM
PRR: "World Famous" ~ September 1973
   -Updated 5/30/2017 1:25:39 AM
~ Railroad Stations ~
   -Updated 5/23/2017 1:08:48 AM
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