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Proviso Perspective: 1943

Proviso Perspective: 1943

April 1943. "Tracks at Chicago & North Western railroad's Proviso yard, Chicago." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Ah, memories.

I worked night shift in the Burlington's Clyde hump yard in Chicago back when I was in college.

Once you get the sounds in your head on a quiet night, it never goes away. I can still hear it 55 years later.

Days Past

I grew up less than a mile south of the yard in the '50s and '60s. Fond memories of hearing them move cars from one train to another on a warm summer night.

For Shorpy old-timers

The great Yellow Rail Controversy of aught eight.

The ParaTracks View

Those of you born after 1974 ... go ask your grandparents.

It's not a perspective illusion

The tracks really do come together in the distance.

Good ol' Chicago --

Where the tracks are paved with gold.

If you listen closely

... you can just make out Boxcar Willie practicing. (btw, that's a really cool photo ... talk about vanishing points)

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