Pennsylvania Railroad Photographs

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Altoona & Juniata Shops

Commentary Circa 1911: (LISTS OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWN BELOW)

Altoona Machine Shops comprised all that body of buildings extending from below Twelfth Street to Sixteenth Street. Here is located buildings having an aggregate frontage of more than three miles, all constructed of stone or brick, and occupied by the best machinery for locomotive building and repairing that modern ingenuity could devise. The Altoona Machine Shops included thirty-six departments, the total floor area being nearly 16 acres giving employment to over 4,000 men.

At the Altoona Car Shops in the southern section of the city, is located the yard enclosing the immense round house (largest in the world) and the construction and car shops. They covered an area of 65 acres, while the floor area of the buildings is 16 acres, divided into thirty departments, giving employment to nearly 4,000 men. Here is manufactured and repaired passenger, mail, parlor and sleeping cars. Like the Altoona machine shops, it is a giant plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world, but even by this statement their magnitude cannot be comprehended. It was necessary to see them running to realize their extent and capabilities.

The Juniata Locomotive Shops are located a short distance from the eastern boundary of the city. Their total area is 6 1/2 acres and the number of men employed about 1,600. These men were employed solely in the production of steam and electric engines. There are two immense blacksmith shops in which are employed over 1,000 men.

The East Altoona Round House is one of the largest structures of its kind in the world, and is said to have cost one million dollars. It is 395 feet in diameter.  There is a turn table 75 feet in diameter, and the total area of all the shops of this department is 4 1/2 acres, while the yards cover 34 acres, an average of 300 locomotives are handled per day, and 750 men employed.

The South Altoona Foundries, including shops and cover a tract of 84 acres, the floor area of the buildings being 7 1/2 acres. Here is manufactured all wheels used in the various departments of the locomotive and car shops, the operations giving employment to 950 men. The shipping facilities of Altoona are therefore unexcelled, and the city had sixty passenger trains daily.

 

                     One of my favorite photographs by Tom Lyman                                               An EMD F7 units headed freight going Westbound main line Altoona                              Slope Tower is shown on the Left & 24th Street Turntable on the Right

 

LIST A:  Numbers in Bold are some of my favorites.

(* denotes photograph is shown in the Shop Yards Photo Gallery)

EE19116 Tank and Air Brake Shop (left), Blacksmith Shop
EE496A Altoona Machine Shops view to 16th Street *
EE496A Boiler House #1
EE496A Erection Shop Two view West *
EE7071 JK Tower (partial)
EE7308 zoom Altoona Machine Shops (panorama view)
EE7309 zoom center Altoona Car Shops (panorama view) *                                          EE7309 zoom Roundhouse (panorama view)
EE7309 zoom + pan right Altoona Shops (panorama view)
EE7310 zoom Paint & Boiler Shops (panorama view)
EE7311 Juniata Erecting Shop from Gamble Hill (panorama view)
EE7311 zoom Paint Shop, Smith Shop #2 + Boiler Shop 8-30-26 (p v)
EE8659 Side Flue Shop (left) *
EE8659 Rear of Flange Shop (Boiler) *
EE13082 Rear Loco Test Plant 8-28-41
EE13083 zoom Flue Shop (right) & Boiler House #1 (left) *
EE13083 zoom Old Boiler Shop 8-28-41 *
EE14890 zoom Cab & Pilot Shop
EE14891 Tank & Airbrake Shop (right), Blacksmith Shop #1 (left) *
EE15218 Aerial view Altoona Car Shops Roundhouse *
EE15218 zoom aerial view of Altoona Car Shops *
EE15218 zoom aerial view of Altoona Car Shops pan east *
EE19116 Old Wheel Shop *
EE19116 Old Wheel Foundry *
EE22444 zoom western end  Altoona Car Shops
ME3937 zoom Roundhouse No. 3 *
ME295B zoom Steel Car Shop Addition & Lumber Shed construction
ME295B zoom Paint Shop & Boiler Shop
ME465A 12th Street Roundhouse
[ME465A Engine Ladder Tracks east of 17th Street a *                                                 ME465A Engine Ladder Tracks east of 17th Street b *
ME466A center zoom                                                                                                    ME468A Altoona Machine Shops-11th Street *
ME468A left center zoom *
ME468A pan left zoom *
ME468A] pan right zoom *
[ME469A Tank & Air Brake Shop *
ME469A zoom Power Plant *
ME470A center zoom *
ME470A pan left zoom *
ME470A pan right zoom a *
ME470A] pan right zoom b *
ME473A Ash Pit 2
ME473A Engine Ash Pit *
ME473A Engine Ladder *
ME813A zoom Altoona Car Shops from 6th Avenue *
ME962A 17th Street Water Tank *
ME962A zoom Loco at ash pit
ME492A zoom view into Roundhouse *
ME3937 zoom Engine Ash Pits *
ME3937 zoom Test Plant *
Aerial View Altoona ca. 1965
Aerial View Altoona zoom 12th-13thStreets *
Aerial View Altoona zoom Railroad Shops ca. 1960 *
Aerial View Altoona zoom Test Plant area
Altoona Erection Shop
Altoona Logan House Rau Photo ca. 1880 *
Altoona Machine Shop Fire 12-27-31 (A) view toward 12th Street *
Altoona Machine Shop Fire 12-27-31 (B) view toward 12th Street
Altoona Machine Shops ca. 1857 (drawing)
Altoona Machine Shops ca. 1903 (drawing)
Altoona Machine Shops ca. 1919 (drawing)
Altoona Machine Shops Fire 12-27-31 (C) view towards 12th Street
Altoona Machine Shops Fire 12-27-31 (D) view from 11th Avenue
Altoona Machine Shops Fire 12-27-31 (E)
Altoona Machine Shops Fire 12-27-31 (F)
Altoona Machine Shops Exterior Crane
EE11557 Altoona ca. 1852-1853
EE496A Altoona Machine Shops view to 16th Street 2-03 *
EE498 Altoona Car Shops
EE4985 9th Street Footbridge view to 7th Street Bridge *
EE5535 Ash Pit Gantry Arrangement
EE7071 Freight Train Wreck at 17th Street 11-29-25 (A) *
EE7073 Freight Train Wreck at 17th Street 11-29-25 (B) *
EE7073 Freight Train Wreck at 17th Street 11-29-25 (C)
EE7074 Freight Train Wreck at 17th Street 11-29-25 (D) *
EE7076 Freight Train Wreck at 17th Street 11-29-25 (E) *
EE7079 Freight Train Wreck at 17th Street 11-29-25 (F) *
EE7308 Altoona Car Shops view from Gamble Hill (A)
EE7309 Altoona Car Shops view from Gamble Hill (B)
EE7311 Juniata Car Shop view from Gamble Hill 8-30-26
EE7311 Duplicate closer to original negatiive
EE8659 Machine Shop Yard to 12th Street 1-24-30 *
EE10531 Locomotive in Lye Vat AMS 10-17-36
EE10532 Locomotive in Lye Vat AMS 10-17-36
EE10533 Locomotive in Lye Vat AMS 10-17-36
EE10659 Locomotive in Lye Vat AMS 12-15-36
EE10660 Locomotive in Lye Vat AMS 12-17-36
EE10665 Locomotive in Lye Vat AMS 12-22-36 *
EE11368 G27 car 11-21-38
EE13081 Steel Storage Altoona Yards 8-28-41
EE13082 Cab & Pilot Shop, 12th Street Bridge 8-28-41 *
EE13082 storage Test Plant Loco Bldg. rear 8-28-41 *
EE13083 Old Boiler Shop 8-28-41
EE14323 Crane 4-30-43
EE14339 Crane 5-5-43
EE14890 Cab & Pilot Shop, 12th Street Footbridge 9-19-44 *
EE14891 2nd Floor Cab & Pilot Shop view to Loco Test Bldg *
EE15218 Aerial view of Altoona Car Shops & Juniata Shops
EE17148 Community Chest sign at ACS 10-14-48
EE19116 12th Street Shop Yards 10-12-51 *
EE22444 Aerial view to east Altoona Car Shops
Erecting Shop crane area
Erection Shop #1 after fire
Flue Shop crane side
Iron Foundry from Test Plant
ME298B Altoona Shop Yards-17th Street *
ME301C 17th Street 6-16-11
ME464A Altoona towards Juniata Shops from 5th Street 1903
ME465A Altoona Machine Shops from 9th Street 1903 *
ME466A Altoona Machine Shops 16th Street 1903 *
ME466A Altoona Machine Shops 11th Street 1903
ME469A Altoona Machine Shops 13th Street 1903 *
ME470A Altoona Shops from 17th Street 1903
ME473A Altoona Machine Shops 17th Street 1903 (A)
ME474A Altoona Machine Shops 17th Street 1903 (B) *
ME490A Car Shops 7th Street view east 2-1903
ME491A Car Shops 7th Street view due east 2-1903
ME492A Altoona Car Shops view from golf field 2-1903 (A)
ME493A Altoona Car Shops view from golf field 2-1903 (B)
ME494A Altoona Car Shops view from golf field 2-1903 (C)
ME805A Altoona Car Shops machine shop ca. 1903 *
ME813A Altoona Car Shops view from 6th Avenue *
ME962A Ash Pits 17th Street 3-17-12 *
ME3937 Altoona Machine Shops from Test Plant
ME3938 Altoona Car Shops view east from 7th Street 10-19-16 *
ME3939 Altoona Car Shops Planing Mill from 4th Street Bridge *
ME3940 Freight Shop, Fire House, Office 10-29-16 *
SPB 03-01 Altoona Erection Shop
Steel Car Shop zoom from Gamble Hill
Storehouse, Office, Lab & Test Room view to 12th Street Bridge
T5659 Smokebox without Superheater
T5707 Smokebox with Superheater
T5708 Smokebox installed before exhaust connection
T7516 Erection Shop install superheater tubes H8sb Loco 1939 *                                              
T7517 Erection Shop superheater tube assembly 1939 *

 

   Image of the original plaque on display at the Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona, PA

 

 LIST B:

 ME267A Boiler Shop Addition pan right & zoom
ME115A Boiler Shop Addition pan left & zoom
ME115A Boiler Shop Addition pan right & zoom
ME115A Boiler Shop Addition  zoom center
ME267A zoom notice creek is being covered in shop area
ME331A Chestnut Avenue pan & zoom
ME331A Chestnut Avenue pan left & zoom
ME487A Chestnut Avenue pan right & zoom
ME487A Juniata Shops zoom 2-1903 (panorama)
ME487A Wopsononock RR Station zoom
ME487A Wopsononock RR Station 2nd Street Juniata                                                   ME488A Smith Shop #2 under construction pan left & zoom
ME488A Boiler Shop Addition pan right & zoom
ME488A Smith Shop #2 construction zoom
ME489A Smith Shop #2 pan left & zoom
ME489A Smith Shop #2 pan right & zoom
ME489A Smith Shop #2 zoom center
ME489A Wopsononock RR Station 2nd Street Juniata 1903 zoom a *
ME489A Wopsononock RR Station 2nd Street Juniata 1903 zoom b
ME804B pan left & zoom
ME804B pan right and zoom scrap area
ME804B Smith Shop (L), Boiler Shop (R) pan and zoom
ME804B Paint Shop zoom
Altoona Car Shop interior
Altoona Car Shops Fire Company No. 8 *
Altoona Car Shops scrap area a
Altoona Car Shops scrap area b
Altoona Car Shops Tank Shop a *
Altoona Car Shops Tank Shop b *
Altoona Car Shops ca. 1870 *
East Altoona Roundhouse & Juniata 17th Street Bridge
EE5050 Altoona Car Shop new brick stacks 2-10-20 *
EE6656 Juniata Erecting Shops rear 9-1924 *
EE6658 Juniata Erecting Shops view from ice plant 9-1924 *
EE6659 Juniata Erecting Shops from ice plant 9-1924 *
EE9797 Turntable Beam Loco Finishing Shop 7-28-34
EE9798 Turntable Truck LFS 7-28-34
EE9812 New Table Loco Finishing Shop 8-1-34 *
EE9813 New T.Table Loco Finishing Shop 8-1-34
EE9814 New Table LFS 8-1-34
EE10021 GG1 Elec. Loco wheel mounting machine 6-11-35 *
EE10243 Firebox Sheet forming 1-29-36 *
EE10245 Forging Steam Loco Siderod 1-29-36 *
EE10249 Milling Machine 1-31-36 *
EE10250 Riveting Boiler Courses 1-31-36 *
EE10251 Hydraulic Shear 1-31-36 *
EE10253 Milling Steam Loco Wheelset for Tires 1-31-36 *
EE11472 Juniata Boiler Shop 2-20-39 *
EE11943 Grit Blast Bldg. 12-2-39
EE11946 Grit Blast Bldg. Interior 12-2-39
EE12448 Sand Blast Apparatus westbound Repair Yard 6-12-40 *
EE12449 Sandblast Storage westbound Repair Yard 6-12-40
EE14485 Juniata Annealing Furnace in Welding Shop 8-17-43
EE15381 Juniata Car Shops owners material 10-30-45 a *
EE15383 Juniata Car Shops owners material 10-30-45 b *
EE15666 Altoona Car Shops 4th Street *
EE14667 Train Crew Position 5-9-46
EE15670 Train Crew 5-9-46
EE15671 Train Crew 5-9-46
EE15673 Train Crew 5-9-46
EE16231 Paint Shop extension construction 5-12-47
EE18165 Diesel Shop Juniata 4-25-50 *
EE18166 Roof Diesel Shop 4-25-50
EE18167 Diesel Shop Interior 4-25-50 *
EE20044 Coal Cars (taken for 1954 calendar) 4-3-53 *
EE20498 Juniata Boiler House demolition 4-21-54 a
EE20500 Juniata Boiler House demolition 4-21-54 b
EE20501 Juniata Boiler House demolition 4-21-54 c
EE20841 New Boiler House Juniata 6-29-55 a *
EE20843 New Boiler House Juniata 6-29-55 b
Juniata Car Shops Steel Yard
Juniata Erecting Shop area ca. 1950s *
Juniata Erecting Shop K4 Class repair
Juniata Erecting Shop loco class repairs
Juniata Erecting Shops B6sb #4179 3-1924
Juniata Erecting Shops LF oblique B6sb #4179 3-1924
Juniata Erecting Shops L side B6sb #4179 3-1924
Juniata Erecting Shops R smokebox B6sb #4179 3-1924
Juniata Paint Shop, Boiler Shop zoom from Gamble Hill
Juniata Paint Shop, Smith Shop
Juniata Shops from Cricket Field *
Juniata Shops view from Gamble Hill *
Juniata Smith Shops 1 & 2 *
Layout & Key Juniata Shops (drawing)
Master Mechanics Bldg., Carpenter Shop, Machine Shop (panorama)
ME115A Juniata Shops
ME267A Juniata Shops from Cricket Field 8-19-1901*
ME272A Juniata Shops all parts of H6sb loco on floor 2-10-1909 a *
ME273A  Juniata Shops all parts of H6sb loco on floor 2-10-1909 b
ME293A Juniata Shops Erecting Shop Interior 1906
ME295B Car Shops Lumber Yard from Gamble Hill ca. 1911
ME331A Juniata Master Mechanics Office ca. 1900
ME335A Juniata Erecting Shop
ME341A Juniata Shops Boiler House ca. 1900
ME344A Juniata Dynamo Bldg. ca. 1900
ME345A Juniata Paint Shop & Stockroom ca. 1900
ME346A Juniata Dynamo Bldg. & Paint Shop ca. 1900
ME347A Juniata Paint Shop ca. 1900
ME348A Juniata Paint Shop stockroom ca. 1900
ME362A Juniata Shops Smith Shop full interior view ca. 1900 *
ME363A Juniata Machine Shop & Erecting Shop ca. 1900
ME364A Juniata Transfer Table + pit between Erecting & Smith Shops ca. 1900 *
ME365A Juniata Shops Machine Shop interior upper floor ca. 1900 *
ME374A Juniata Shops Machine Shop interior ca. 1900 *
ME383A Juniata Shops Machine Shop interior general view ca. 1900 *
ME456A PRR Fire Dept. Chestnut Avenue ca. 1906 *
ME458A PRR Fire Dept. Chestnut Avenue ca. 1906 *
ME462A PRR Fire Dept. Hose Wagon Chesnut Avenue ca. 1906 *
ME487A Juniata Shops from golf field 2-1903
ME488A Juniata Shops from golf field 2-1903 a *
ME488A Juniata Shops from golf field 2-1903 b
ME489A Juniata Shops from golf field 2-1903
ME804B Altoona Car Shops old tear down & metal yard
ME815A Altoona Car Shops from 6th Avenue area
ME4446 New Juniata Tank Shop 1-23-18
ME4447 New Juniata Tank Shop 1-23-18
ME-----  Juniata Shops Machine Shop interior general view
ME-----  Juniata Erecting Shop (from postcard)
SPB 03-2 Purviance Altoona Machine Shop interior ca. 1860-1870
SPB 03-2 Purviance R Stereo view AMS ca. 1860-1870
                                                           9th Street Footbridge demolition 12-2-57 

Ask for any of the above to be shown in the Request Gallery.

               Samuel Rea Car Shops, Hollidaysburg, PA                                   

         Postcard refer to the Web Store (just a few remaining)

 

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