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Barstow Yard: 1943

Barstow Yard: 1943

March 1943. "Barstow, California. General view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe yard." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.


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Delano is looking northeast from the overpass at 34.9036N 17.0272 W; the passenger station is just out of the pic to the left.

Ah! The Sounds; the smell.

Even some old cars with the brake wheels on top.

"B" Hill

I was born and raised in Barstow.

This is on the Northeast end of town looking West, that would be "B" Hill in the background (named for the big B on the other side of it) and I think the Harvey House is just visible directly below the peak of the hill.

Santa Fe all the way

Considering this photo was taken when WW2 was really ramping up it's interesting that almost all the equipment is ATSF. There is a ST L & SF (Frisco) boxcar on the right, a B&O wagon top boxcar in the short train on the left and a handful of very cool D&RGW drop bottom gons in the hopper train. Other than that it is mostly ATSF and considering the sheer amount of goods coming and going from all over the country in the war effort I'm really surprised. Most period railroad photos show huge amounts of foreign road equipment and even in the non-war years this photo would be unusual.

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