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Iron Dragon: 1943

Iron Dragon: 1943

March 1943. "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chicago and Chillicothe, Illinois." Another of the many photos by Jack Delano documenting his trip on a freight train from Chicago to California. View full size.

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Is she "carrying green?"

I'm referring to the flags that can be seen on either side atop the smoke box. Very difficult to tell in an old black&white photo. They may be very dirty white ones, however.

Green signified "extra section(s) to follow," meaning the train was long enough that it was divided into more than one train. White flags meant it was "running extra" as an unscheduled train not listed on the timetable.

Considering the date, March 1943, at the height of WWII, either designation was possible. The railroads were doing yoeman service hauling troops and freight for the war effort!

Old Tea kettles

SP&S #700 is getting eready to make some runs the next few weekends as the HOLIDAY EXPRESS, here in Portland, Oregon.

Along with SP #4449, SP&S #770 is one of two historic steam engines tha operate out of Portland, with a third one currently being restored to running condition.

There is nothing like the sound of a Steam train and whistle.


was 2-8-2 stationed at Chillicothe that met its fate in 1952. You may have driven around in a car with parts made from this beauty.

Wonderful, Jack!

I just can not get enough of these terrific train pictures.
Which reminds me -- anything ever from Lucius Beebe?

[The occasional order for caviar and Champagne. - Dave]

Ahhh, that's Lucius alright..... from ''The Pump Room''?

For those of us in the North Country

It's a beautiful picture, but I'm going to be looking at landscapes like this for the next five months.

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