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Album Info:Here is an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" from August of 1949, pages 14-31. No author is specified.
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 15, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 15, 1949
Description:  Here is page two of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 15. "The building of the Erie Canal . . . had been ineffectually met by Pennsylvania in the building of a system of railroads, canals, and inclined planes known as the Main Line of Public Works, which was State owned and State operated. This system of communication between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh never proved satisfactory, in that it was not only costly and slow, but service had to be discontinued much of the time due to floods in spring and ice in winter."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/4/2022 9:59:32 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 14, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 14, 1949
Description:  Here is page one of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 14. Photo Caption: "The Altoona Shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad and a part of Altoona. Time about 1853." Partially visible here is the PRR's Altoona Machine Shops complex. From 1850 until the completion of the Horseshoe Curve in 1854, the PRR's mainline was different than its current form: the tracks paralleled 9th Avenue out of Altoona to Duncansville and the interchange with the Allegheny Portage Railroad ~ instead of curving right at 9th Street, paralleling 10th Avenue past ALTO and SLOPE Towers, then climbing the Allegheny Mountains to Gallitzin and points West. As such, the mainline tracks and the Passenger Station are actually on the other side of the two-story Master Mechanic's Building and the long shop structure depicted here. Brush Mountain dominates the distance.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/4/2022 9:58:08 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 16, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 16, 1949
Description:  Here is page three of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 16. Top Photo Caption: "Pennsylvania Railroad station and train shed in the early days." Photo by William H. Rau. Partially visible behind the station and train shed is the west wing of the Logan House. Passing over all seven tracks is the 12th Street Footbridge. In the foreground is PRR engine #452, a Class D (4-6-0) "Ten-Wheeler" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works during 1869, rebuilt in Juniata as a Class Da, then sold to the PC&StL and renumbered "57" in 1881.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/4/2022 10:02:06 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Steam,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 452(4-6-0)
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 17, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 17, 1949
Description:  Here is page four of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 17. "The site for housing and repairing this additional motive power was logically chosen at the point where the water grade ended and the grades of the mountain passage began, a point known as Robinson's Ridge and the present site of the city of Altoona."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/4/2022 10:03:42 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 18, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 18, 1949
Description:  Here is page five of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 18. Bottom Photo Caption: "East side of Eleventh Avenue near Thirteenth Street in the early days of Altoona." The four-story building visible at the left is the east wing of the Logan House.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/4/2022 10:06:15 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 19, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 19, 1949
Description:  Here is page six of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 19. "The first railroad station in Altoona was a small frame structure on Ninth Avenue at Twelfth Street. Here, the railroad traffic into Altoona and what little passed on to Hollidaysburg and the Portage Railroad was handled until February 15, 1854, when a new two-story brick structure, erected at Tenth Avenue and Thirteenth Street, was opened for business over the newly completed main line via Horseshoe Curve and Gallitzin. In 1887 the present station building, affording larger quarters, was erected on the same site."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 6:03:10 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 20, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 20, 1949
Description:  Here is page seven of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 20. Top Photo Caption: "First locomotive built in Altoona P.R.R. Shops in 1866." Shown here is PRR engine #142, a Class D (4-4-0) "American" built in the Altoona Machine Shops during December of 1866, sold to the Belvedere & Delaware and renumbered "3001" in June of 1882, and retired in August of 1888. Bottom Photo Caption: "The first streamlined locomotive on the Pennsylvania Railroad and built in the Altoona Works." Prominent here is PRR engine #3768, a K-4S (4-6-2) "Pacific" built in Juniata during June of 1920, streamlined in 1936, and retired in October of 1953.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 6:06:22 AM
Location:  Altoona(Juniata), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 142(4-4-0) PRR 3768(4-6-2)
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 21, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 21, 1949
Description:  Here is page eight of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 21. "Altoona was a vital link in the important chain of railroad networks binding the northern states together during the Civil War. It was therefore quite fitting that the Logan House should be selected as a meeting place for the Conference of Loyal War Governors in September, 1862, a meeting which marked one of the turning points of that great conflict."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 6:08:15 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 22, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 22, 1949
Description:  Here is page nine of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 22. Photo Caption: "An amazing photo of the Horseshoe Curve taken from the air."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 6:11:06 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 23, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 23, 1949
Description:  Here is page ten of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 23.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 6:12:53 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 24, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 24, 1949
Description:  Here is page 11 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 24. Bottom Photo Caption: "Twelfth Street bridge, Logan House, and station. Photo taken from the Cab and Pilot shop. Bridge of wrought iron built in the early days by the railroad and is still standing." The Logan House was consructed during 1853 and demolished in 1931, but the bridge survived until 1965!
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 5:24:37 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Passenger
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 25, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 25, 1949
Description:  Here is page 12 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 25.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 5:26:13 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 26, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 26, 1949
Description:  Here is page 13 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 26. Photo Caption: "Interior view of Altoona P.R.R. passenger shop No. 1, showing the building of ultra-modern passenger cars."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/5/2022 5:28:55 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 27, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 27, 1949
Description:  Here is page 14 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 27. From General Order No. 21: "With the next change of time-table, which will take place on Sunday, the 27th [1872], on the three divisions of the main line, and on Monday, the 28th [1872], on the branch road divisions, "PHILADELPHIA TIME" will be adopted as the standard time of the Pennsylvania Railroad."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/6/2022 5:03:47 AM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 28, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 28, 1949
Description:  Here is page 15 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 28. Bottom Photo Caption: "Altoona Machine Shop at Twelfth Street, destroyed by fire December 27, 1931. This shop was located on the site of the P.R.R. original shops in Altoona." Discernable in the very center of this photo is a small portion of the 12th Street Footbridge.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/6/2022 5:06:45 AM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Steam,Passenger
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 29, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 29, 1949
Description:  Here is page 16 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 29. "During the period from 1900 to 1906, the extensive program [of improvements and developments] was carried out. Trackage was increased by completing the Williamsburg branch from that town to Petersburg, by rebuilding the New Portage Railroad (dismantled in 1858), and constructing extensive yard and enginehouse facilities in Hollidaysburg."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/6/2022 5:08:41 AM
Location:  Hollidaysburg, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 30, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 30, 1949
Description:  Here is page 17 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 30. Photo Caption: "Aerial view of the Altoona Car Shops." At the bottom left is the 7th Street Bridge. Bounded by the railroad tracks, 7th Avenue, and Chestnut Avenue are the Pennsylvania Railroad's Passenger Car Shops. Crossing the entire span of the Shop Yard and the railroad tracks is the 4th Street Footbridge. In the distance is the PRR's Finishing Roundhouse located near the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and 1st Street.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/6/2022 9:30:11 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge
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"The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 31, 1949
Title:  "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona," Page 31, 1949
Description:  Here is page 18 of an 18-page article entitled "The Pennsylvania Railroad In Altoona: 1849-1949." It was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 31. "The history of the railroad in Altoona is a story of change upon change and growth upon growth. It seems to be the very nature of railroading here to meet the challenge of the times with a resourcefulness that weaves itself into the heart of a vast system that alone provides one-tenth of the total railroad transportation services of this great nation."
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/6/2022 9:31:22 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
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"Altoona Centennial History," Page 62, 1949
Title:  "Altoona Centennial History," Page 62, 1949
Description:  Here is a photo that was published originally in the "Altoona Centennial Booklet" dated August of 1949, page 62. Photo Caption: "Recent aerial view of Altoona, Pennsylvania." Pictured at the bottom left are the Pennsylvania Railroad's ALTO Tower, the lead to the Hollidaysburg Branch, the 17th Street Bridge, and the Test Plant Buildings. Beyond them are the 12th Street Car Shops, the Passenger Station and train shed, the 12th Street Footbridge, the Freight Station, and the 9th Street Footbridge. Just past the 7th Street Bridge are the PRR's Passenger Car Shops and the 4th Street Footbridge.
Photo Date:  8/7/1949  Upload Date: 12/4/2022 10:09:11 PM
Location:  Altoona, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Signal,Passenger
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