My name is William "Bill" E. Burket and the Pennsy has been a hobby of mine for many years. My business originated after retirement in 1996 when I started selling photographs and other collectibles on eBay by the user ID wburket12st. I have many satisfied customers worldwide Please visit eBay to see my PRR items up for bid and review my excellent feedback record. eBay
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I worked in the Civil Engineering field for many years. My father worked for the PRR as a blacksmith and later as an electrician wiring passenger cars. My grandfather worked for the PRR at the South Altoona Foundry.
I have been a life long resident of the Railroad City, Altoona, PA.
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Horseshoe Curve "Big Shot" Anniversary Photograph 1854-1954
Courage and bold vision served J. Edgar Thompson, then Chief Engineer and later President of the young Pennsylvania Railroad Company, when he stood on a slope of the Alleghenies west of Altoona, Pa. and pointed out to his surveyors the line he wanted the railroad to follow around what is now the Horseshoe Curve. With only hand labor, mules and black powder, the Curve was built, linking by rail the ports of Philadelphia and Baltimore and the Ohio Valley.
After a century, the Curve, substantially as first conceived, still carries the Pennsylvania's main line and is still an engineering marvel.
To mark the 100th Anniversary year of the opening of the Curve and the 75th Anniversary of the incandescent lamp, the Pennsylvania Railroad and Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. cooperated to take the first night picture of the Curve as freight and passenger trains rounded in the night of October 20, 1954. The project to illuminate over 2,000,000 square feet required months of meticulous planning, 31 miles of wiring and more than 6,000 large photoflash bulbs.
With a burst of skyrockets lending color to the scene, cameras atop a 150-foot tower recorded the historic flash -- the biggest night photograph ever taken.
Recommended reading: Horseshoe Curve Images of Rail by David W. Seidel. Published by Arcadia
An original Print hanging in my Office
A fantastic vintage video of Steam on the Horseshoe Curve and others. Got to love those Decapods! Turn off MY MUSIC at the bottom of this page to listen to the video
"Good Old Days" at the Curve
The way it was up the steps from the parking lot
Stereograph of Early Horseshoe Curve
Plaque on Main Building at Horseshoe Curve
J1 No. 6444 Texas Class Train Westbound on Horseshoe Curve
Altoona Works Band
Sample PRR Blueprints
PRR Dining Car China Mountain Laurel Pattern
Leaded Glass Window in the Charles Schwab's Private Railcar "The Loretto II" in restoration at the Altoona Railroader's Museum. For more information click here trainweb
East Altoona Enginehouse
Diesel Engine Plate
K4s No. 1361 Pacific on display at the Horseshoe Curve
(For Early Historical Documentation (The Story) go to the Locomotive Photo Gallery Photo No. 149)
"Sleeping Giant" (By David Seidel)
K4 No. 1361 June 1988 Excursion, Altoona, PA
Steam Locomotive Electric Marker Light Art
Altoona Works Master Mechanic & Employees
Conductor Uniform Brass Buttons
Altoona Works Payroll Office March 1910
Rose Tower & PRR Company near "Red Bridge" Juniata
Slope Tower Interior 1952
Altoona Mirror 2001 (out of print) - Bill Haxel Engineer on cover
1939 Grif Teller Calendar "Leaders of the Fleet of Modernism"
S1 No. 6100 leaving Altoona for the NY World's Fair 1939
The 6100 was towed dead Eastbound by an L1s Mikado locomotive with two P70 passenger cars to Flushing Meadows on Long Island. The fair goers gathered about a fenced-in enclosure to watch the monstrous 6100 steaming away, her 84-inch drivers revolved on the rollers beneath the driving wheels.
In 1939, the Pennsylvania Railroad introduced the world's largest steam locomotive, the S1 and distinctive round-ended observation cars for its Broadway Limited. They were designed by Raymond Loewy in collaboration with Paul Philippe Cret, head of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. The S1, with its bullet-nose, projecting headlight and horizontal chrome strips extending the length of the engine, was an improved version of the K4s Loewy designed for PRR in 1936. The S1, capable of 100 mph speed, was a feature attraction at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Only one S1 was ever built, but like most of Loewy's work for PRR, served as an incredible PRR promotional piece, and not incidentally, identified Loewy forever with the streamlined train. As a youthful ten-year-old the popular big speedster was scrapped in 1949.
Get Your Ticket
Best Food on the Rails (copies available go to Web Store)
J1 No. 6430 WB on SLOPE at Brickyards
H21A Hopper Car
Trains meet Kinzua Railroad Bridge 1880
My First Lionel
Stereograph - Front of Logan House Looking West
K4s No. 1361 June 1988 Excursion, Altoona, Pa
E8's on Excursion
Mountain House at Cresson Circa 1850s
1908 Altoona Station Train Schedule
K4s No. 1361 Dedication at Horseshoe Curve June 8, 1957
Western Roundhouse No. 3 (shown below on blueprint)
Western Roundhouse No. 3 (shown below on blueprint)
Stereograph - PRR Summer Resort at Cresson, PA
Pennsylvania Lines & PRR Lanterns
PRR Cabin Car Lantern
From the original 1908 PRR Blueprint 48" wide x 14'-0" length
Western Roundhouse No. 3
Aero Train on 1956 PRR Grif Teller Calendar Dynamic Progress
J1 WB Train nearing Kittanning Point on Horseshoe Curve ca. 1956
Steel Horizons Publication-Rock Island Jet Rocket Article (copies available)
K4s No. 1361 Altoona June 1988
M1 No. 6825 Eastbound from Rockville Bridge
Janet Blair star of "South Pacific" Altoona Station April 24, 1952
PRR Agent's Index No. 46 dated August 1, 1929
Vintage Track Crew Circa 1900s
PRR Rockville Bridge-Facing Eastbound
Finished in 1902, the Rockville Bridge is the longest stone masonry arch railroad bridge in the world. Designed by Pennsylvania Railroad engineer William Henry Brown, the 3,820-foot bridge has 48 arches and took 800 workers two years to construct.
E6sa No. 1092 Right Front-Photo #1398
GG1 No. 4877 at Elizabethport, New Jersey
Homer Tower at the Hump East Juniata Circa 1957
John Bull Locomotive Train-Photograph M.E.2510A
Altoona's First Soap Box Derby Circa 1934 - Abby Albright car No. 71 sponsored by Burchfield Sports, Abby came in First Place Photograph taken in front of the Penn Alto Garage
McAleers Ice Cream Bar on 11th Avenue, Altoona Circa 1930s
Steam Locomotives in Existence - September 1, 1940
Bronze Art by D.B. Mittner (K4s Streamliner No. 3768)
K4s No. 1361 will if ever be under steam once more??