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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Black and White: 1942

Black and White: 1942

December 1942. "General view of a classification yard at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Chicago and NW'ern Pic

Getting back to the photo, this is simply breathtaking in its clarity and detail. Never knew beloved Kodachrome even came in 4x5.

Southern Central??

Unless this line was a little unknown short line, in the southern states, I've never seen any recordings of it. It could of also been merged into the Southern or Southern Pacific RR's during the time of RR expansion in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Do you know where this RR was located?

[Maybe you've heard a recording of it. That was a humorous reference to a song lyric -- "Long Train Running" by the Doobie Brothers ("Well the Illinois Central, and the Southern Central freight, gotta keep on pushing mama, cause you know they're running late"). Plus there are 1,600 Google hits for Southern Central Railroad. - Dave]

He He

Oh man . . . the posts here are priceless.

Southern Central?

Don't understand this. You are looking for a freight car with Southern Central markings? Haven't heard of this line. Do you mean Southern Pacific or plain Southern?

[Down around the corner, a half a mile from here, you see them old trains running, and you watch them disappear. Doobies. - Dave]

Long Train Running

I always want to look for a Southern Central Freight in pictures like this.

 
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