Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Pennsylvania Railroad in Pictures - Part 4

The Saturday Morning Post continues today with Part 4 of a six part series of John Dziobko Jr. Pennsylvania Railroad photographs.

John Dziobko Jr. was born in Newark, N.J., October 10, 1932. His facination with trains began at age 5 when he would go on train trips to see family in West Islip, Long Island, NY. His father took him to various rail operations in the Newark area in the late '30s, where he acquired a fondness for the Pennsylvania Railroad steam engines, and was where he saw his first diesel locomotive in 1943. He began travelling to photograph trains while still in high school at age 17. Back in those days a railfan could ride the train to various rail locations, since there were many more trains and routes at the time.

John's book "The Pennsy in the 1950's..The Last Great Decade" is available in hardcover from The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society.

Pennsylvania Railroad Baldwin RF-16 at the PRR engine facility - Renovo, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1956. Locomotive No. PRR 9701. A hungry shark waiting for work on a muggy August day.

Pennsylvania Railroad EMD F3(A) on the PRR mainline - Altoona, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1953. Locomotive No. PRR 9684. Pennsy power waits it out at Altoona.

Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 at the PRR Elizabeth station - Elizabeth, New Jersey, February 14, 1953. Locomotive No. PRR 4893. An immaculate GG-1 leads a train by the platform at Elizabeth on Valentines Day '53.

Pennsylvania Railroad - Woodbridge, New Jersey, February 07, 1951. On February 6, 1951, the PRR's "Broker" derailed at speed on a temporary trestle killing 85 and injuring 500 in one of the worst ever rail accidents in America. This picture was taken the day after the accident from street level.

Pennsylvania Railroad Steam 2-8-0 on the PRR mainline - Altoona, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1953. Locomotive No. PRR 3778. A June day in 1953 at Altoona, near the depot in this view. Pennsy started using 2-8-0's in freight service in 1875.

Pennsylvania Railroad Steam 2-10-0 on the Shamoken Branch - Crowl, Pennsylvania, October 20, 1956. Locomotive No. PRR 4390. Pennsy 4390 takes on water at Crowl. The Shamokin branch ran 27 miles from the Susquehanna at Sunbury, PA., to an interchange with the Lehigh Valley at Mt. Carmel, PA., and saw a lot of ore moves.

Pennsylvania Railroad Steam 4-8-2 on the PRR mainline - Altoona, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1953. Locomotive No. PRR 6768. Before it pulls, Mountain 6768 poses with its made up train in a pastel-like scene.

Here is a link to Part 1 of the John Dziobko Jr. PRR photographs.

Here is a link to Part 2 of the John Dziobko Jr. PRR photographs.

Here is a link to Part 3 of the John Dziobko Jr. PRR photographs.

Many thanks go out to Ray Peacock for his assistance in making these posts possible. Please visit Ray's site at heartlandrails.com and John's website in process at godfatherrails.com.

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