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Westbound Freight: 1943

Westbound Freight: 1943

March 1943. Westbound Santa Fe freight on a siding at Ricardo, New Mexico, waiting for the eastbound train to pass. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. FSA/Office of War Information archive.

 

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ATSF 2-10-4

You forgot #3829, the first ATSF 2-10-4, an improved 2-10-2 with a four wheel trailing truck instead of the standard two wheel truck. She proved the value of the concept and although some sort of makeshift affair she had a long successful life. #5000 Madame Queen was a complete new design, she would have been the class locomotive for many more but the Depression intervened. So she never was repeated and the Northerns and Texas types that came much later looked quite different again.

Re: #5000

Sorry, meant to say signal is facing east for a west bound move, I know the train is facing west since it's going west.

Re: #5000

The train is facing west. Look at the shadow.

>> Judging from the semaphore signal being clear (green) for the main track facing west, I believe #5000 is waiting on a west bound train to pass not a easbound, unless the eastbound hasn't reached the signal block to make it go yellow then red.

# 5000

Great shot of a beautiful engine. Judging from the semaphore signal being clear (green) for the main track facing west, I believe #5000 is waiting on a west bound train to pass not a easbound, unless the eastbound hasn't reached the signal block to make it go yellow then red. Anyway, another great pict from Jack.

Re: Jack's Camera

Thanks. Although somehow that's not as exotic as I was hoping for.

Locomotive

The locomotive, for those interested, is #5000, known affectionately on the Santa Fe as "Madame Queen". She was AT&SF's first 2-10-4 Texas type, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1930. The Queen was an experimental locomotive which paved the way for 35 more Texas types of more advanced design. Donated to the city of Amarillo, Texas in 1957, the 5000 is still around, sitting in a park.

Re: Jack Delano's Camera

Graflex Speed Graphic press camera.

Camera?

Does anyone know what type of camera Mr. Delano was using at this time?

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