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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

Eleventh Avenue Flagman: 1911

Eleventh Avenue Flagman: 1911

Closeup of the mounted flagman in the previous post. View full size.

Eleventh Avenue Freight: 1911

Eleventh Avenue Freight: 1911

Mounted flagman and freight. Another circa 1911 view of the Eleventh Avenue rail line in New York near West 26th Street. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. The light spot at the top is from deterioration of the emulsion.

 

Death Avenue: 1910

Death Avenue: 1910

A detailed circa 1910 Manhattan streetscape of rail cars at West 26th Street and Eleventh Avenue, known as "Death Avenue" for the many pedestrians killed along the New York Central's freight line there. View full size. Removal of the street-level tracks commenced on December 31, 1929. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Update: Click here for the largest version.

 

Hudson & Manhattan Tubes: 1908

Hudson  & Manhattan Tubes: 1908

"New York - New Jersey Tunnel." One of two pairs of Hudson & Manhattan Railroad tunnels under the Hudson River sometime around their opening in 1908, after more than 30 years of off-and-on construction. A century later, the system operates the PATH trains between New Jersey and New York. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. (History of the tubes.)

 

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.

 

Sante Fe in San Diego

Sante Fe in San Diego

A Sante Fe E1A serves as a backdrop for my Mom and my sister in San Diego in July of 1949. One of the first diesels that Sante Fe purchased, the locomotive was already 11 years old at the time of this picture.

Photographer: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall

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.

 
 
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