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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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Track Crew: 1942

Track Crew: 1942

November 1942. "Track crews repairing tracks in the roundhouse at the Illinois Central rail yard, Chicago." Photo by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

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Which roundhouse?

Which roundhouse was this? Did IC have any others in Chicago besides 27th Street?

Mountains in Illinois

The tenders poking out of the roundhouse all belong to IC 2500-class 4-8-2 "Mountain" types. These locomotives were built in IC's own shops, re-using the boilers of some earlier Lima-built 2-10-2 types. Capable in either freight or passenger service, they lasted until the end of steam on IC. Here's a good look at one:


I just noticed the faint watermark in this image. Is this something new, or have I just not been very observant when looking at past images?

[Not very observant. - Dave]

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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