Pennsylvania Railroad yards in Harrisburg was captured by aerial photographer Samuel Kuhnert. The Pennsylvania Railroad was chartered in 1846 to build a railroad line from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. 100 years later it had a payroll of a half billion dollars and employed 156,000 people, down from its peak employment of 279,000 people in 1920. The roundhouses pictured here are located north of the State Capitol between 7th Street and Cameron Street.
A Pennsylvania Railroad I-1sa Decapod-type 2-10-0 freight steam locomotive pushes through a snow-filled cut, likely on the Elmira Branch, en route to coal docks in Sodus Point on Lake Ontario, New York. This image comes from the thousands of cubic feet of records held in MG-286, the Penn Central Railroad Collection, one of the largest and most frequently utilized manuscript groups (non-government-generated collections) at the Pennsylvania State Archives.