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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Deluxe Wash: 1942

Deluxe Wash: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Washing a locomotive at the coaling station at an Illinois Central railyard." Triple Foam and Rain-X, $3 extra. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Mountain type locomotive

The locomotive appears to be an Illinois Central 4-8-2 Mountain type. The engine number is barely readable on the side of the sandbox atop the boiler; it looks to me like 2504, which would make the engine one of the 2500 Class, rebuilt from older 2-10-2s in IC's Paducah Shops between 1937 and 1943.

A mighty beast.

I do remember some steam on rails, only dimly. Much more exiting than diesel. However, I do love the smell of GM diesels having served in the last US diesel/electric submarine in the USN.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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