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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Thomas Madrigal greasing a locomotive in the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Mountain or Northern

Could be either a 4-8-2 or 4-8-4. The first series 4-8-4 (5000 class) had Bakers gear and Alligator crossheads. Second series (5100 class) had Walschart gear and multiple bearing crossheads.

Mountain type

I think this is a Rock Island 4-8-2. Based on the sheer size of the locomotive and the Baker valve gear (though partially disassembled here) and the distinctive casting above the man's head. The CRI&P's 4-8-4's were big too but didn't have the same valve gear.

Just love this pict

Shows the working part of a steamer, any guess as to the wheel arangement?

 
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