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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Jack Delano

Santa Fe Diesel: 1943

Santa Fe Diesel: 1943

March 1943. Washing one of the Santa Fe R.R. 5,400-horsepower diesel freight locomotives in the roundhouse at Argentine, Kansas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Lowell, Massachusetts: 1941

Lowell, Massachusetts: 1941

January 1941. Middlesex Street in the textile mill center of Lowell, Massachusetts. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Coaling: 1942

Coaling: 1942

December 1942. Locomotives over the ash pit at the roundhouse and coaling station of the Chicago & North Western Railroad yards. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Amarillo Yardmaster: 1943

Amarillo Yardmaster: 1943

March 1943. Yardmaster at Amarillo, Texas, railyard. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Madame Queen: 1943

Madame Queen: 1943

A closeup of Santa Fe 5000, as identified by Lost World below in the original post of the uncropped photo taken in 1943 by Jack Delano. View full size.

Proviso Yard: 1943

Proviso Yard: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. Proviso freight classification yard of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Westbound Freight: 1943

Westbound Freight: 1943

March 1943. Westbound Santa Fe freight on a siding at Ricardo, New Mexico, waiting for the eastbound train to pass. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. FSA/Office of War Information archive.

 
 
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