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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Railroads

Proviso South: 1942

Proviso South: 1942

South Yards at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yards. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Erie 2601

Erie 2601

Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback locomotive at Port Jervis, N.Y., in 1911. The camelback design was unique in that the engineer sat in the tiny cab alongside the boiler, while the fireman worked at the usual spot behind the boiler. One of the main disadvantages was the obvious communication problem between engineer and the rest of the train crew while the engine was in operation. The Erie camelback mallets didn't last long, but smaller camelback locomotives survived well into the 1950's on roads like the Jersey Central. View full size.

Mechanical Nightmare

Mechanical Nightmare

Chesapeake & Ohio M-1 steam turbine 502 at Cincinnati on July 2, 1949. These coal-fired turbine locomotives were complete failures in passenger service despite their impressive size and complexity. Built in 1947 by Baldwin Locomotive for exorbitant prices, all three were retired by 1950. Color of this engine, in case you're wondering, was yellow-orange up top with gray beneath, with dark blue lettering and trim. View full size.

Shelbyville: 1938

Shelbyville: 1938

October 1938. Shelbyville, Indiana. Hearse meeting casket at railroad station. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

East Dubuque: 1940

East Dubuque: 1940

April 1940. East Dubuque, Illinois. "Waiting for the train to Minneapolis." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Whoosh: 1942

Whoosh: 1942

December 1942. Time exposure of repair tracks of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Grand Central Station: 1913

Grand Central Station: 1913

New York's Grand Central Station nearing completion sometime around 1913. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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