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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Hall of Dinosaurs: 1943

Hall of Dinosaurs: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. locomotive shops, Topeka, Kansas. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Thanks Tipster! My father

Thanks Tipster!
My father worked at the Santa Fe shops in Topeka during the 70-80's. I had wondered if this building was still there.

If you just showed me this

If you just showed me this picture without any background information, I would swear it was out of a computer game.

[World of Traincraft! - Dave]

Santa Fe's Topeka Shops

This photograph was taken looking south in the locomotive shop building of the Topeka Shop complex. This building is still in use today, only it is filled with diesel-electric locomotives instead of steam locomotives. If you are acquainted with the Topeka area, this is the building that is just to the west of the Branner St. viaduct.

 
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