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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Railroads

Boston & Maine #4000

Boston & Maine #4000

B&M 4000, T1a class 2-8-4 smoking it up on the ready track in Boston circa 1930. Built by Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio in 1928. Considered ugly by most railfans due to the "Cobra Hood" Coffin feedwater heater mounted on the front of the boiler. Photographer unknown. View full size.

Grand Central Station: 1908

Grand Central Station: 1908

Crowd outside Grand Central Station, returning from summer vacations. Sept. 8, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Penn Station: 1910

Penn Station: 1910

Pennsylvania Station in New York as seen from Gimbel's department store circa 1910. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size | See the interior.

 

Industrial Winter: 1942

Industrial Winter: 1942

Chicago & North Western railyard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. Kodachrome by Jack Delano. Camera: 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic.

 

Train Wreck: 1909

Train Wreck: 1909

Wrecked Pennsylvania R.R. car on tracks south of Brunswick Street. Jersey City, N.J. November 6, 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

New York-Cincinnati Flyer: 1910

New York-Cincinnati Flyer: 1910

Train wreck near Middletown, Ohio. July 4, 1910 [erroneously reported at the time to have involved the 20th Century Limited -- see Comments]. View full size. Glass negative from the George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Melrose Park: 1942

Melrose Park: 1942

Chicago & North Western classification yard, December 1942. The trestle runs from the ice house to the yard. The old cars in the foreground are used as living quarters for some yard workers and itinerant help. Town of Melrose Park is in background. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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