Saturday, August 01, 2009


All three of these steam locomotives are barely large enough to be considered as such, but none the less they are. None of these cards have any writing or addresses on the back, nor do they have any dates. The top two seem to be of the 1940-1950 variety, while the bottom one has the look and feel of a card printed in the early 1900's.

The first here, called the "Oregon Pony" is described as the first locomotive in the northwest. It operated in 1862 and 1863 in both freight and passenger service for Oregon's first railroad. The railroad was on the southern bank of the Columbia river between Bonneville and Cascade Locks. A bit of checking reveals that more than one Oregon railroad makes the claim to be the first, but most were not in existence in 1862 or 1863.

This card is a Mirro-Chrome card by H. S. Crocker Co., San Francisco 1, Calif.

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Below is a photo of a locomotive labeled ARR 1, or Alaska Railroad No.1. A quick check shows that the ARR considers their N0.1 as an 0-4-0-T similar to the one below, but one with three domes. Whether this photo is actually the real original AAR N0.1, I have no idea. The kid standing on the pilot hides the number plate that would be situated on the smokebox front.

Ths card is a Kodachrome Reproduction by Mike Roberts Studios, Berkeley 2, California.

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This last one is of a steam-powered something-or-other on a railroad somewhere hear Santiago, Chile. Salto del Soldado y Cerro Hercillas translates roughly as "Soldiers Leap and Hercillas Hill". This particular postcard is a long ways from home.

This card was published by Hume & C0,. Santiago, Chile.

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