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Women Wipers: 1943

Women Wipers: 1943

May 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western Railroad going out to work on an engine at the roundhouse." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Not to diminish the size

... of a steam locomotive, but the women are farther away from the front of the locomotive than it seems; a man standing beside that steam cylinder would almost be as tall as the cylinder. Steam locomotives were large indeed.

More Big Boys!

As this shows up while Union Pacific 4014 is in transit to Cheyenne Wyoming for restoration, it would be nice to see more photos of the Big Boys in their heyday - and more of the Women Wipers too!

[Click the link in the caption. - Dave]


Just terrific!


This really gives the viewer an idea of just how monstrously big that engine was!

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