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Wartime Rail: 1942

Wartime Rail: 1942

September 1942. The Kroger warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Freight car movements. With transportation assuming vast new importance in wartime America, movement of freight cars must be accomplished with the fullest efficiency and speed. Loss and diversion of ocean carriers which served our seaboard cities have thrown an enormous burden upon the railroads." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Another view of the Kroger warehouse

Not just freight cars.

But refrigerated box cars. A great detail shot of a "Reefer's" ice hatches.

Put A Cork In It, Son

Nearly all of the tracks in the foreground are long gone except for a couple of the old Allegheny Valley RR that ran right down the middle of Railroad Street. The Kroger warehouses are also gone but larger and looming in the distance of the old photo is the still extant twin buildings of the huge Armstrong Cork Co. now turned into loft style living for those wanting an historic pad with a river view in the Steel City.

Strip District daze

This looks like the strip as viewed from the 16th Street Bridge. I believe the church on the far right is St. Stanislaus that faces down Smallman Street.

Quite a joint

Are those reefers the walker is inspecting?

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