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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Proviso South: 1942

Proviso South: 1942

South Yards at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yards. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Explosives

Note the big white X's on the doors of that row of boxcars in the distance.
Explosives, subject to special handling.
Somebody kept track of those cars at all times.

In the foreground appears to be a program to rehab a batch of old passenger train insulated milk cars (note the express trucks, more visible in another shot apparently in the same session). That other shot also shows one car lettered as MILK. They don't appear to be iced, no hatches at the ends of the roof, but there may have been some other way to ice them, at least in hot weather. They ran in passenger trains to gather milk to the city. Milk cars were also used in passenger trains extensively in the east, Boston + NYC.

 
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