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Track Crew: 1942

Track Crew: 1942

November 1942. "Track crews repairing tracks in the roundhouse at the Illinois Central rail yard, Chicago." Photo by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

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Which roundhouse?

Which roundhouse was this? Did IC have any others in Chicago besides 27th Street?

Mountains in Illinois

The tenders poking out of the roundhouse all belong to IC 2500-class 4-8-2 "Mountain" types. These locomotives were built in IC's own shops, re-using the boilers of some earlier Lima-built 2-10-2 types. Capable in either freight or passenger service, they lasted until the end of steam on IC. Here's a good look at one:

Watermark

I just noticed the faint watermark in this image. Is this something new, or have I just not been very observant when looking at past images?

[Not very observant. - Dave]

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