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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Railroads

City of Los Angeles: 1942

City of Los Angeles: 1942

Detail from Jack Delano's shot of the C&NW railyards in December 1942, and streamliners City of Denver and City of Los Angeles. View full size.

 

Proviso Yard: 1942

Proviso Yard: 1942

December 1942. General view of the C&NW R.R. Proviso classification yard at Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Santa's Railyard: 1943

Santa's Railyard: 1943

March 1943. Another night shot by Jack Delano, taken on his Santa Fe rail trip west from Chicago in 1943. His description of this scene: "Activity in the Santa Fe R.R. yard, Los Angeles. Due to blackout regulations, floodlights, switch lights, locomotive headlights and lights on the bridge in background have been shaded to cast light downward. Broad streaks of light are caused by paths of locomotive headlights, thin wavy lines by lamps of switchmen working in the yard." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Night Train: 1943

Night Train: 1943

March 1943. The Santa Fe Yards at Argentine, Kansas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Blue Train: 1942

Blue Train: 1942

December 1942. Train going over the hump at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yard. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Making the Trains Run: 1942

Making the Trains Run: 1942

December 1942. A young worker at the Chicago & North Western 40th Street shops. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Tower B: 1943

Tower B: 1943

May 1943. Melrose Park, Ill. Chicago & North Western towerman R.W. Mayberry of Elmhurst at the Proviso Yard. He operates a set of retarders and switches at the hump. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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