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Domeliner: 1940

Domeliner: 1940

September 1940. Washington, D.C. "Railroad tracks with view of the U.S. Capitol in background." Photo by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

23 Years before...

Seen here on Shorpy. This must have been a favorite vantage point! The PRR's electrification was completed on this stretch of track to Potomac Yard near Alexandria, VA in early 1935.

No Coincidence

That the Capitol dome appears to be straight down the track at this point, since the rails follow the alignment of Maryland Avenue, SW, one of the avenues radiating from the Capitol. Just below the catenary they curve to follow the alignment of Virginia Avenue, SW, then turn into a tunnel to Union Station. Behind the photographer, they cross the Long Bridge into Virginia.

[Here's a Google Street View. -tterrace]


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Angle of photo

Actually, this is PRR catenary (note the heavy construction of the overhead girder/braces supporting the wires). The angle is taken from above the catenary, so probably from a bridge. Also, due to clearance issues, the PRR (like most NE railroads) never originally operated dome cars on its trains.

[That isn't the dome you're looking for. -tterrace]

 
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