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The Scenic Route: 1941

The Scenic Route: 1941

June 1941. "Railroad. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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From the Bloomfield Bridge

This picture was taken from the Bloomfield Bridge looking west to Pittsburgh and Penn station. The tall smokestack in the upper center exists today and was the boiler house for Pittsburgh Brewing Company (Iron City Beer). The church on the ridge to the upper right is now the Church Brew Works Brewery. Only three of the tracks remain. The East Busway now occupies the area where the tracks are to the left. The passenger cars in the picture are being stored and staged for trains at Penn Station.

Not Exactly a View of Paradise

It looks to me like those trains are heading out to collect more of the damned!

Train Set

With all the coal smoke, a black and grey model train set would look really neat.


What a great scene! Coal pollution aside, this really makes me want to lay some track ...

Except for the smoke----

it looks like a REALLY model train set


cough, cough!

Looks Real

This actual photo looks like it could be a diorama for a model train layout. If that was the case they did a really great job of "simulating" the smoke and haze in the distance.

Where are the locomotives?

I have scoured this photo looking for a locomotive but I do not see one. Hope there are no passengers in those railcars!

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