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Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Roundhouse at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

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The engine closest is a C&NW M-1 class 0-6-0 switcher built in 1916; the second looks like a C&NW 2-8-0 number 1756 Class Z freight engine built in 1910 and last one looks like a C&NW M-1 class 0-6-0 too. Can't read the number. The M-1 0-6-0s were interesting engines---the C&NW had many built from 1905 to 1917. The early versions were lighter and less powerful than the late versions --- yet they all bore the M-1 class and same pay level for the crews. Trivia.

Superb. Jack Delano has a

Superb. Jack Delano has a new fan. Absolutely brilliant.

Good God

What an absolutely stunning image!! :^o


How did you do your post processing in these beautiful color pictures. They look great - great job!!!



You can smell the coal and grease fantastic photo


It's not a repeat ... the other one is horizontal. This one's a vertical.


You guys already posted this one. It's beautiful enough to warrant posting twice...but I just figured I'd let you know.

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