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Industrial Omaha: 1938

Industrial Omaha: 1938

November 1938. "Nebraska Power Co. plant and railroad yard at Omaha." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Pacific Type Locomotive

Me too, me too!

Built for fast passenger service. Very successful design. Was the predominant express passenger motive power for nearly the entire the steam era.

K, that felt good.

Ice plant

I notice the proximity of the Omaha Ice & Cold Storage Co. to the power plant. I don't know about Nebraska, but in the early 20th century, electric utilities in Texas were required by their state charters to also provide ice for household refrigeration. The cultural impact of this outlasted the domestic demand for block ice by several decades.

Okay, here's your train geek comment

She's a Chicago & North Western class E 4-6-2, built in Schenectady by ALCO in 1909-10. Most of this class lasted until the early post WW2 years, by then relegated to commuter work.

Lovely engine, hard to go wrong looks-wise with any American passenger loco of the early 20th century.

And she's near the far southwestern corner of the CNW route map, working Omaha.

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