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Tune-Up: 1942

Tune-Up: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Locomotive under repair at the Chicago & North Western shops." So that's what that little step is for. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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One of twelve C&NW J-4 class 2-8-4 Berkshire types. Numbered 2801-2812, they were built by Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk NY, a subsidiary of ALCO, in 1927. They were comparable in dimension and capability to the Lima Locomotive "Super Power" Berks being built in that era, and were the first 2-8-4's to come from a one of Lima's rival builders. Like all the early Berkshires these became obsolete within a few years as the builders' art advanced, producing ever larger locomotives with higher drivers to boost mainline train speeds. The J-4's were long-lived nonetheless, and spent most of their operational lives in the hills of southern Illinois. They went to scrap in the mid 1950's.

Jaunty

The headlight visor and the prominent bell - jaunty.

The Berkshire from Dunkirk

Ol' 2808 was a 2-8-4 "Berkshire" class freight locomotive, built by the Alco/Brooks works in Dunkirk NY in 1927. The 2800 class (numbered 2801-2812) had long careers hauling mostly coal trains, and were all scrapped in the early 1950's.

Before Fuel Injection

New points and plugs.

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