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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Railroads, The Gallery

Bagdad Flagman: 1943

Bagdad Flagman: 1943

Flagman behind a Santa Fe R.R. westbound freight during a stop at Bagdad, Calif. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Digging Out the Engineer: 1909

Digging Out the Engineer: 1909

March 3, 1909. Southern Railway wreck at Tye River, Virginia. A tampered switch derailed Southern No. 35, a mail train. Engineer H.C. Linn was slightly injured. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Hit the Grit: 1905

Hit the Grit: 1905

Circa 1905. "Tramps fighting on R.R. train -- Get down and hit the grit." Bain News Service reproduction of a Brown Bros. print. View full size.

 

Galewood Yard: 1943

Galewood Yard: 1943

April 1943. Galewood Yard of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) at Chicago. View full size (if you don't, you're missing a lot). 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Locomotive Cab: 1942

Locomotive Cab: 1942

Working on the cab of a locomotive brought in for repairs at the Chicago & North Western 40th Street shops, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Red, White & Blue: 1942

Red, White & Blue: 1942

Truck trailers at the Chicago & North Western R.R. freight house, December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Chicago: Night: 1943

Chicago: Night: 1943

Illinois Central freight cars at the South Water Street terminal, Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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