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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

T-1 Duplex: 1940s

T-1 Duplex: 1940s

Pennsylvania Railroad T-1 Duplex, East St. Louis, late 1940s. Not sure whether the man is the engineer or a roundhouse worker. Whatever the case, he and those like him vanished along with the steam locomotive. The T-1 duplex-drive passenger locomotive was capable of speeds well in excess of 100 mph.

railroading

People like him did not vanish as the caption reads. My father worked the old steam trains shoveling coal. He went on to be an engineer for the "New world of Diesel" trains til he died...

T-1 Duplex

The PRR Duplex was a rigid frame loco non-articulating type which made it difficult for tight radius turns, although a good engine its rigid frame was its undoing due to not being able to negotiate tight turns in yards and engine facilities.

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That is beautiful.

That is beautiful.

Nice look

I would like to be the first to welcome our steam powered overlords!

Robby the Robot

"We mean your people no harm." Great pic!

 
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