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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Smoke Signal: 1943

Smoke Signal: 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.

 

Somewhere in the distance . . .

. . . you can still hear the train whistle.

This is as close as I could get so far. It is just west of Ash Fork and you can see the same peak in the distance. The rail line may have moved.


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Left-handed

Much of the Santa Fe across Arizona and New Mexico was operated "left-handed". For those who are really interested in why, this article explains it.

Rules of the road

What are the rules for multiple tracks -- don't we operate on the right hand side as with vehicular traffic? If the "smoking" engine is eastbound, these trains are operating on the "left" side of the road.

[Whether the engine is going east, west, or to the North Pole, they're driving on the left. Traffic could move in both directions on either track. Which might diverge and take you to entirely different destinations. -Dave]

 
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