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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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Railroads

Live Third Rail: 1910

Live Third Rail: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central R.R. tunnel." Another in a series of views of the approach to the train tunnel under the Detroit River. Please note: LIVE THIRD RAIL, DO NOT TOUCH. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Illinois Central: 1942

Illinois Central: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Engine taking on coal at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Caught in Passing: 1905

Caught in Passing: 1905

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "North Station." Frozen forever at 10:40 a.m. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tune-Up: 1942

Tune-Up: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Locomotive under repair at the Chicago & North Western shops." So that's what that little step is for. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hammerjacks: 1905

Hammerjacks: 1905

Vermont circa 1905. "Steam drills, Rutland R.R." Ppppplease pppppardon the nnnnoise. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Santa Fe Cathedral: 1943

Santa Fe Cathedral: 1943

March 1943. "Fort Madison, Iowa. Shopton locomotive shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Smoke Signal: 1943

Smoke Signal: 1943

March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona (vicinity). Passing an eastbound freight on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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