Pennsylvania Railroad photographs

About this collection

    Incorporated in 1846, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company became the largest railroad in the United States in terms of corporate assets and traffic from the last quarter of the nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, until the decline of the Northeast's and Midwest's dominance of manufacturing.
    The Pennsylvania Railroad photographs (Accession 1988.231) collection primarily depicts the activities of the Pennsylvania Railroad itself, but also includes numerous views of similar facilities and equipment on other railroads, of nearby buildings and properties, and of standardized equipment and accessories that were collected for reference. Almost all of the photographs are the work of commercial photographers hired on short term contract, but some are prints from the company's own negatives.
    The collection has been arranged by subject and organized into three series: Equipment, trains, and personnel; Structures and right of way; and Company magazine photographs. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety.
    Image: Coal car dumper, McMyler-Interstate Company, 1920.

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