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Photographs of Railroads and Trains by Homer R. Hill

Identifier: SC MS0083

Scope and Contents

A selection of train photographs taken by and donated by Homer R. Hill, of Bernardsville, NJ. The photos were taken through the years by Mr. Hill as he traveled to various areas of the country. All pictures are black and white, most are glossy finish and identified by a label glued on back of photo.. There are 54 photographs measuring 28 x 35.5 cm and three measuring 20 x 25.5 cm.; three business cards (5 x 9 cm), and 108 postcards (9 x 14 cm) unless otherwise noted. Some of the postcards are photographed by others in addition to Homer R. Hill. All postcards are published by Hill Press, Bernardsville, N.J. and some of the large photographs are reproduced in postcard format.

Personal Names

“Adirondack” Barry, W. B. Boyd, Jim “Broadway Limited” Chessie Safety Specials Connell, Denis “Greenbrier” Hart, George M. Hill, Denis L. Hill, Homer R. (1916-?) “Jawn Henry” Jerolaman, Karl “John Wilkes” “Lackawanna Ramble” “Little Joe” “Metroliner” “National Limited” Nemeth, Tom “Norwich job” “Phoebe Snow” “Potatoland Special” “Powhatan Arrow” “Silver Meteor” “The Ambassador” “The Black Diamond” “The Crescent” “Twilight” “William Mason”

Corporate Names

Amtrak Baltimore & Ohio Railroad/Chessie System Baldwin Locomotive Works Bellefonte Historical Railroad Bernardsville Public Library Black River & Western Railroad Boston & Maine Railroad Bridgton & Harrison Railroad Bridgton and Saco River Railroad Canadian National Canadian Pacific Central of New Jersey Central Vermont Chesapeake & Ohio/Chessie System Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (D.L. & W) Durango & Silverton East Broad Top Edwin Spinning Collection Flemington Branch (Central New Jersey) Hill Press Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad Lehigh and Hudson River Railroad Lehigh Valley Rail Road Company Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific R.R.) Monadnock Northern Railroad Morristown & Erie Railroad Mt. Washington Cog Railway National Railway Historical Society New Jersey Transit New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate Line) New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad Nickel Plate Line (New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad) Norfolk & Western Penn Central Pennsylvania Railroad Perkiomen Branch Railroad, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania Philadelphia and Reading Railroad (P & R) Rahway Valley Railroad Railpace Company Raritan River Railroad Reading Railroad Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Rutland Railway Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes R.R. Seaboard Air Line Railroad Southern Railway Suncook Valley Railroad Union Pacific W. Coates & H. Hill Western Maryland Railway/Chessie System Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway

Place Names

Albany, New York Alexandria, Virginia Atlanta, Georgia Bald Eagle Branch, Pennsylvania Baltimore, Maryland Bayonne, New Jersey Bayview Tower Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Bellevue, Ohio Bellows Falls, Vermont Berkeley Heights, New Jersey Binghamton, New York Birdsboro, Pennsylvania Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Bluefield, West Virginia Bound Brook, New Jersey Branchville, New Jersey Bretton Woods, New Hampshire Bridgton, Maine Brookfield, Illinois Camden, New Jersey Cass, West Virginia Center Barnstead, New Hampshire Charlestown, New Hampshire Chicago, Illinois Chipman, New Brunswick, Canada Claremont Junction, New Hampshire Concord, New Hampshire Curtin, Pennsylvania Dellinger Tunnel Denver, Colorado Denville, New Jersey Dorval, Quebec, Canada Dover, New Jersey Dunkirk, New York Durango, Colorado East Peoria, Illinois Emaus (Emmaus), Pennsylvania Fabyan, New Hampshire Flat Rock Tunnel, Manayunk, Pennsylvania Furnace Hill, Pennsylvania Gladstone, New Jersey Hagerstown, Maryland Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Hermosa, Colorado Hollyrood, Newfoundland, Canada Hoosac Tunnel Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania Indian Lake, New Jersey Keene, New Hampshire Kingfield, Maine Lakeland, Florida Lambertville, New Jersey Lehighton, Pennsylvania Lyons, New Jersey Manayunk, Pennsylvania Metuchen, New Jersey Miami, Florida Middletown, New York Mine Brook, New Jersey Montpelier Junction, Vermont Montville, New Jersey Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania Mt. Washington, New Hampshire Nay Aug Tunnel, Scranton, Pa. Neshanic, New Jersey Netcong, New Jersey Norton, British Columbia, Canada Orbisonia, Pennslvania Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Pattenburg Tunnel Pen Mar, Maryland Philmont, New York Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania Port Henry Raleigh, North Carolina Ridgewood Junction, New York Scranton, Pennsylvania Somerville, New Jersey South Amboy, New Jersey South Royalton, Vermont Steamtown U.S.A., Scranton, Pennsylvania Sterling, Colorado Suffern, New York Summit, New Jersey Terra Alta, West Virginia Thomas Viaduct Toledo, Ohio Turcot Yards Utica, New York Watseca, Ohio White River Junction, Vermont Whitford Bridge, Pennsylvania Wickatuck, New Jersey


  • Creation: 1900 - 1997

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Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

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Collection is open for research. Please inquire about copyright information.

Biographical / Historical

Homer R. Hill from Bernardsville, New Jersey was at one time a representative of AMTRAK and VIA (according to his business card) and the Madison (N.J.) Travel Center as well as being a publisher of train photographs known as the Hill Press.


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Language of Materials



Photographs are organized alphabetically by their railroad companies and within that arrangement chronologically. Unless otherwise noted all the photographs were taken by Homer R. Hill, Bernardsville, N.J. and printed by Hill Press in Bernardsville, N.J.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Apparently donated by the photographer Homer R. Hill September 12, 1996.

Related Materials

SC Bay D052 – Hill, Homer R. “Railroad potpourri: a railfan's 40 years of photography”. 1974: self-published, 80 pages. SC Photo 0020 – Civil engineering works photograph collection

Ilhan Citak and Eleanor Nothelfer
September 12, 1996
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Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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