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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Madame Queen: 1943

Madame Queen: 1943

A closeup of Santa Fe 5000, as identified by Lost World below in the original post of the uncropped photo taken in 1943 by Jack Delano. View full size.

This locomotive was just

This locomotive was just featured in the Discovery Channel series "Mega Movers", during its relocation to a new display site.

Detail

The detail on Delano's shots is just incredible. Amazing that 5000 would be so sharp in a photo taken from such a distance.

 
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