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Way Out West: 1943

Way Out West: 1943

March 1943. "Eastbound track of the Santa Fe R.R. across desert country near South Chaves, New Mexico." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.


The Eastbound track

The AT&SF had hundreds of miles of "lefthand running" in Arizona and New Mexico, as explained here.

The most impressive part of these operations were the numerous signal bridges, which the linked site explains in great detail.

Beep Beep!

Where are Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner?

Fade to beige

This image is pretty far along in the fading that bedevils color photography. The modern view hints at what it looked like originally.

Ford Country

The kind of shot that John Ford would have used. Everything seems to go on forever.

Modern view?

Looks like almost the same place.

Eastbound track

Can you scare up a shot of the Westbound track?

[This photo was probably taken from the westbound track of Santa Fe's double-track line through the Southwest. - Dave]

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