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Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Thomas Madrigal greasing a locomotive in the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

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Mountain or Northern

Could be either a 4-8-2 or 4-8-4. The first series 4-8-4 (5000 class) had Bakers gear and Alligator crossheads. Second series (5100 class) had Walschart gear and multiple bearing crossheads.

Mountain type

I think this is a Rock Island 4-8-2. Based on the sheer size of the locomotive and the Baker valve gear (though partially disassembled here) and the distinctive casting above the man's head. The CRI&P's 4-8-4's were big too but didn't have the same valve gear.

Just love this pict

Shows the working part of a steamer, any guess as to the wheel arangement?

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