The New Union Station in Baltimore – 1913

This handsome Station in the Beaux Arts style was erected in 1911, so it was the “new” station when this postcard was mailed in 1913.

Addressed to Mrs. Shaffer (Sheffler) in Waynesboro, PA, the postcard was mailed from Baltimore.

(I believe that the recipient is Mrs. Sheffler, relative of Duke – the wayward boy who may have missed the apples – from a recent post. This postcard was found among other postcards between members of the Sheffler family.)

Although built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the station was called “Union Station” because the station was shared with the Western Maryland Railway (which reached into York County, PA as noted in other postcard stories.).

In 1928, the station was officially renamed Penn Station, in conformity to other Pennsylvania Railroad stations – and that is the name it bears today.

The writer, whose name I cannot decipher, reports “…having a nice time in Baltimore today.”

I have traveled through Baltimore on Amtrak a couple hundred times, but saw the interior of this well-designed building only a few times.

In the comments, I have included a history of the station and a recent picture.

One hopes that legislation being developed to address the nation’s infrastructure needs will include restoration of the once-magnificent railway system.


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