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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Jack Delano

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Roundhouse at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Yard Switchman: 1943

Proviso Yard Switchman: 1943

Switchman at the Chicago & Northwestern R.R. Proviso Yard, Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

40th Street Yard: 1942

40th Street Yard: 1942

Locomotives lined up for coal, sand and water at the coaling station in the 40th Street yard of the Chicago & Northwestern R.R. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Super Chief, Albuquerque: 1943

Super Chief, Albuquerque: 1943

March 1943. "Santa Fe streamliner Super Chief being serviced at the depot in Albuquerque. Servicing these Diesel streamliners takes five minutes." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

South Water Street, Night: 1943

South Water Street, Night: 1943

South Water street freight terminal of the Illinois Central R.R., Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

The Big O: 1943

The Big O: 1943

January 1943. "Indiana Harbor Belt R.R. switchman demonstrating signal with a 'fusee,' used at twilight and dawn when visibility is poor. This signal means 'back up.' Calumet City, Illinois." Kodachrome by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

2:23: 1941

2:23: 1941

Ayer Mill clock tower, Lawrence, Massachusetts. January 1941. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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