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Deluxe Wash: 1942

Deluxe Wash: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Washing a locomotive at the coaling station at an Illinois Central railyard." Triple Foam and Rain-X, $3 extra. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Mountain type locomotive

The locomotive appears to be an Illinois Central 4-8-2 Mountain type. The engine number is barely readable on the side of the sandbox atop the boiler; it looks to me like 2504, which would make the engine one of the 2500 Class, rebuilt from older 2-10-2s in IC's Paducah Shops between 1937 and 1943.

A mighty beast.

I do remember some steam on rails, only dimly. Much more exiting than diesel. However, I do love the smell of GM diesels having served in the last US diesel/electric submarine in the USN.

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