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Behemoth: 1943

Behemoth: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Chicago & North Western between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The crew, with exception of the fireman, chat while waiting for orders to pull out." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

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Uberbehemoth

That's a pretty impressive looking photo, but a couple of years ago we visited the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, in Duluth, and saw the Mallet No. 227 that used to haul iron ore to Duluth and Twin Harbors. It's an articulated, 4-8-8-4 locomotive, similar to the Big Boy type built for Union Pacific. It's over 120' long and they have it set up so that every so often you can see how all of the component parts of the driving wheels worked together in harmony. It is truly a marvel of engineering.

That's that hat

The guy second from left is wearing the very functional Stormy Kromer hat. Still being made since 1903.

It's a big one!

Engine 3014, Class H 4-8-4, was built by Baldwin in September 1929 (Manufacturer's #61066). It was rebuilt on February 11, 1948, as Class H-1 and retired on May 13, 1953.

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