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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Oil and Water: 1943

Oil and Water: 1943

March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona (vicinity). Passing an eastbound freight on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Portholes

The portholes are the round windows visible in this previous Shorpy photo and the pic posted by Phare Pleigh in the comments.

Water is right

These units were an exception to the general embargo on diesel unit construction during the war; they were permitted due to the difficulty of getting good water supplies across the desert.

Milepost 398

That white pole alongside the steamer must be Milepost 398 (from Albuquerque); Delano is looking WSW from about 35.239N 112.446W. The hill beyond the windshield wiper is Picacho Butte, 35.229N 112.741W.

Sorry

What 'port holes'? Where would they be.

Four portholes

identify these as FT's at 1350 HP per unit. The F-3 model wasn't built until after the war.

Loco

I was thinking the same thing -- FT it could be! Maybe an early F3? What do you suppose the wooden barricades are along the R.O.W.? Protection for a culvert?

[Those are the wings of the cattle guards. They prevent cattle from sneaking around the grids, and are angled to accommodate passage of varying train and car widths. --tterrace]

Little change in the landscape

I believe this is the track that parallels I-40. I drove it eastbound from California 5 weeks ago, and it didn't look any different!

From the future looking past

It appears that our vantage point is from a diesel locomotive looking onwards as a steam engine will come past us. I really want to guess that this is an EMD FT engine that we are riding.

[He's on the locomotive shown below. - Dave]

 
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