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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UP N' ATOM: c. 1950s

Union Pacific 4709: 1920

Union Pacific 4709: 1920

Probably around 1920 in the St. Louis area. My dad J. Douglas Martin Jr. in the 10-12 year old range. His dad and grandfather were both civil engineers who worked for railroads and on other engineering projects such as large chimneys.

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I'm no UPRR guy, but...

Engine 4709 belongs to UP subsidiary Oregon Short Line, as indicated by the "OSL" stencil on the lower left of the cab side. I have no idea if UP was in the habit of moving such a locomotive so far from its home rails (although I'm sure someone on here could know).

Bruin, did your dad's kin do any work in the Pacific Northwest?

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