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Grain Train: 1939

Grain Train: 1939

September 1939. "Grain elevator. Minneapolis, Minnesota." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Corn Belt Route engine.

No.475 is an 0-6-0 belonging to the Chicago Great Western Railway. It was built by Baldwin in 1916, and scrapped in 1950.

The grounded double-sheathed boxcar is being used by the local track gang. Note the joint bars and other MoW paraphernalia.

Not a 2-8-0

There are no pony truck wheels visible between the footboards upon which the switchmen are posed and the cylinders. The front set of drivers are seen behind the cylinders. It's likely an 0-6-0 or 0-8-0 switcher.

Engine 475

Not much of 475 can be seen in the photo, and I'm not sure of the exact location, but this *may* be a Minneapolis and St Louis Consolidation locomotive (2-8-0). If so, the construction date would be somewhere around 1912. The M&StL was one of the early adopters of "dieselization," and the last steam locomotive was retired by 1951. Maybe an eagle-eyed viewer could better identify the exact location or locomotive.

Of interest is the old boxcar that has been removed from its wheels and converted into a work shed of some kind.

How do they work?

I mean fill the boxcar? And what is the square building on the right. I know where the grain is at but how do they move it?

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