Postcards and other materials
In the 1970s as I transferred around the country from Illinois to Utah, Colorado, Illinois again, and back to Colorado a final time - I enjoyed looking through antique stores and used book stores. In many cases there was a stack of old postcards, and many of these had railroad themes. There was no particular plan or logic to any purchases that were made, so no over-riding theme can be found in the collection posted here. They are arranged with a section on railroad depots, and then loosely by railroad company after that section.
Depots, Union Stations, Headquarters, etc.
(generally in alphabetical order)
Old postcard with no additional caption on reverse, date of postmark can not be read.
General Offices, B & O RR, Baltimore, MD Undated.
Michigan Central Depot, Battle Creek, MI. Postmark on reverse 1910.
Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern R R Depot, Boone, IA. No Date.
Same Structure, photo taken in 1972, apparently not in use. I believe it has been torn down, but not for sure.
Chicago Union Station, postmark on reverse dated 1914.
Chicago Union Station, postmark on reverse dated 1958.
La Salle Street Station, Chicago, postmark on reverse 1915
Polk Street Station, Chicago, postmark on reverse not legible.
Grant Park and Illinois Central Depot, Chicago. Postmark on reverse 1909.
Illinois Central Depot, Chicago. Postmark 1932.
Cincinnati Union Terminal. Postmark 1942 and short message on reverse from an infantry corporal from Fort Benning, GA to his family in Upland, IN.
Union Station, Denver. Photo by Clark Blickensderfer, Denver Camera Club.
Union Depot, Grand Junction, CO. No date known.
Train Shed, Union Depot, Grand Rapids, MI. Postmark 1910.
Union Train Shed, Grand Rapids, MI. Postmark also 1910.
Lake Shore and Nickle Plate R. R. Station. Hammond, IN. Undated
Union Station, Los Angeles, CA. Undated.
Union Station, Los Angeles, CA. From 1943 Southern Pacific file.
Burlington Station, Omaha, NE. Postmark 1910.
Union Station, Omaha, NE. Postmark illegible.
I C Depot, Rockford, IL. Undated.
Union Depot, Ogden, UT. Undated.
Saint Louis Union Station. Undated.
Illinois Traction Depot. Springfield, IL. Postmark 1913.
Santa Fe General Offices, Topeka, KS. Undated.
End of Depots, Stations, and Headquarters Section.
Denver Rio Grande Denver Salt Lake and Denver Rio Grande Western
DRG TRAIN CROSSING SOLDIER SUMMIT.
90 MILES EAST OF SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SAN FRANCISCO - CHICAGO EXPRESS
CROSSING SOLDIER SUMMIT, UTAH ELEV. 7454 FT
CANON OF THE EAGLE RIVER, COLORADO. SHOWING NEW DOUBLE TRACKING RAILS ON EACH SIDE OF RIVER ON THE DENVER & RIO GRANDE R R
HANGING BRIDGE IN THE ROYAL GORGE, COLO ON D & R G R R
GOING THRU THE ROYAL GORGE, COLORADO
MOONLIGHT IN THE ROYAL GORGE, COLORADO
RECRUITS ENTRAINING DENVER & RIO GRANDE R R
FORT LOGAN, COLORADO
THE PLAINS FROM CRAGS, DENVER & SALT LAKE RAILROAD, "MOFFAT ROAD"
COLORFUL COLORADO - Glenwood Canyon: the Vista Dome Railroad car was born in Colorado's magnificent multi-colored Glenwood Canyon. The monument was erected by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad and General Motors at a cost of $6000. The car is almost fine feet long and is scaled 1.25 inches to the foot.
A trip aboard the luxurious Vista-Dome California Zephyr is filled with thrills as the train travels hundreds of miles through the Alpine meadows and awesome canyons of the colorful Colorado Rockies during daylight hours.
BURLINGTON - RIO GRANDE - WESTERN PACIFIC
DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN RAILROAD
"Main Line Thru the Rockies"
Rio Grande is the direct central transcontinental route to and from the Pacific Coast through Salt Lake City and Ogden - the Moffat Tunnel route via the Denver gateway, the Royal Gorge route via the Pueblo gateway. Partner in progress with industry, Rio Grande traverses magnificent Rocky Mountain wonderlands, winning distinction as the "Scenic Way Across America."
RIO GRANDE 5571
Denver & Rio Grande Western F7 diesel locomotive on the Wye at East Portal to the Moffat Tunnel. May 1968. Photo by John T. Roderick
This was a small pocket sized calendar, the year is 1947 on the reverse. Issued by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors as a promotional item. One is also found under the B & O Railroad above.
Southern Pacific Railroad SP
This SP Promotional folder contained sixteen large photos of highlights from the SP territory. These are four that have a railroad theme. Others featured National Parks and other attractions. 1943
UNION STATION, LOS ANGELES (1943).
(ALSO FOUND ABOVE IN THE STATION SECTION)
SAN JOAQUIN DAYLIGHT ON THE TEHACHAPI LOOP, SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES
DAYLIGHT LIMITED, SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES, SOUTHERN PACIFIC
STREAMLINER CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CROSSING SALT LAKE. SP
OVERLAND LIMITED CROSSING GREAT SALT LAKE, UTAH AT SUNSET
(AN OLDER POSTCARD, NOT FROM THE 1943 BROCHURE)
Miscellaneous Railroads Postcards
Colorado and Southern branch near Leadville, CO. Rotary snow plow now located at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado.
Three streamliners ready to depart at Los Angeles Union Station. 1960s
A large postcard of the Georgetown Loop in Colorado. The caption states that it was torn down in the 1940s. Since the card was printed, it has been rebuilt and is still operating as a tourist line today.
Scene on Mt. Lowe Division, Pacific Electric Railway, near Los Angeles. Operated from 1893-1938.
On the Mt. Lowe Railway Horse Shoe Curve.
Crossing a canyon on the Mt. Tamalpais Railway. Operated 1896-1930 Marin County, California
Gravity car on the Mt. Tamalpais Railway.
On the way to Mt. Tamalpais, Tamalpais Scenic Railway.
On the way to Mt. Tamalpais, Tamalpais Scenic Railway.
Box Canyon, Yosemite Valley Railroad, CA No date on postcard.
Wabash Tunnel, Hannibal, MO. Postmark 1911