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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Railroads

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.

 

Erie Railroad Triplex

Erie Railroad Triplex

Matt H. Shay, a rare triplex mallet type locomotive. Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, Eddystone, PA, in 1914. Used for drag freight and pusher service over a short section of Erie's main line in northern Pennsylvania. When built she was the largest locomotive in the world, needless to say... View full size.

Victoria Station: 1951

Victoria Station: 1951

1951. Lisa Fonssagrives at Victoria Station in London. Photograph by Toni Frissell for Harper's Bazaar. View full size.

 

Amarillo Again: 1943

Amarillo Again: 1943

Amarillo, Texas, in March 1943. "General view of the city and the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad." View full size | Or even bigger. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. More Amarillo here and here.

 

Amethyst Twilight: 1942

Amethyst Twilight: 1942

December 1942. "Proviso departure yard of the Chicago & North Western R.R. at twilight." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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