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40th Street Shop: 1942

40th Street Shop: 1942

40th Street Shop, Chicago & Northwestern R.R. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Back to the days of the blacksmith: The only tools seen here are two hammers, a wrench and a broom.


Locomotive Breath

Looks like they are taking off the smokebox door to get ready to reflue the engine. One of the dirtiest job a boilermaker can have. Nasty!

And the only thing to keep

And the only thing to keep it from moving is some wood chocks, looks like. Maybe brass?

Actually they are removeing

Actually they are removeing the smokebox front -- the actual froont of the boiler would be the front tube sheet which is to the rar of the smoke box.

Locomotive guy

Yes, a leg an an arm. Looks like they are taking off the front of the boiler.

Did you notice the guy

Did you notice the guy hanging inside the engine up by the hoist?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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