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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Railroads

Auto-Railer: 1935

Auto-Railer: 1935

        ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 26, 1935 (AP) -- Negotiations have been started by the Evans Products Co. of Detroit for the purchase of the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Railway, which was recently sold at auction here. The company manufactures buses and trucks that operate either on rails or on the highway, and it is understood the concern plans to operate 100 passenger and freight units between Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis. ... The "auto railer" consists of front and rear steel pilot railroad wheels attached to a conventional type of bus or truck. The pilot wheels are raised for operation over highways but can be let down when the vehicle reaches the tracks. The vehicle runs on its own tires over the rails with the pilot wheels guiding it along the track.

1935. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Streamline Bus and Car, Evans Motor." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bingham Mine: 1942

Bingham Mine: 1942

November 1942. "Utah Copper -- Bingham Mine. Part of the open-pit workings of the Utah Copper Company at Bingham Canyon, Utah. The steam locomotive is bringing in empty ore cars from the Utah Copper mills at Magna and Arthur." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Big Boumi: 1923

Big Boumi: 1923

"Past and present in locomotives. Eckington Yards, June 4, 1923." A closeup of the locomotive seen here yesterday in the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard during the Masonic convention in Washington, D.C. The big engine wears the livery of "Boumi Temple," a Baltimore Shrine lodge. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Eckington Yards: 1923

Eckington Yards: 1923

        UPDATE: Click here for a better look at the big locomotive barely visible behind the freight yard sign.

"Eckington Yards, June 4, 1923." A rare and unusually detailed look at the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard in Washington, D.C., during that year's big gathering of Masonic lodges. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Ride This Train: 1968

Ride This Train: 1968

Johnny Cash in 1968, near the Arkansas farm where he grew up. Going to Memphis, no doubt. From photos by Joel Baldwin for the Look magazine assignment "The Restless Ballad of Johnny Cash." View full size.

 

The Travelers: 1943

The Travelers: 1943

January 1943. "At the information desk at Union Station, Chicago." Our Lady of the Rails. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Shopton Shops: 1943

The Shopton Shops: 1943

March 1943. Fort Madison, Iowa. "In the train control room at the Shopton shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Testing pneumatic train control equipment. This rack is used for testing about eight different parts of the apparatus." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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