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The Red Caboose: 1943

The Red Caboose: 1943

Chicago & North Western RR worker putting the finishing touches on a rebuilt caboose on the rip tracks at Proviso Yard, Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.


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RIP track
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A RIP track (RIP is an acronym for repair in place) is a designated track or tracks in a rail yard where locomotives and/or railroad cars are set out for minor repairs without removing the units from service, sometimes without even removing a freight load from the car. In some yards, a RIP track may be used for staging locomotives or "bad order" cars for major repairs. Some yards may have more than one RIP track to serve both functions.

Jack Delano

Jack Delano was not a railfan per se. I am not sure he was even particularly a photographer by trade. He was a beneficiary of government funds during the FDR era. Fortunately he was sensitive to the drama of the railroads.
Interestingly, some years ago I attended a concert by a Cuban clarinet / saxophone player named Paquito d'Rivera. The music was more or less jazz/classical fusion and one of the pieces was composed by Jack Delano, who moved to Puerto Rico after the war. So Delano was a true artist in more ways than one.
Dave Nelson

American railway jargon is a

American railway jargon is a bit of a mystery to me. Can you tell me what "rip tracks" are?

Re: Kodachrome

yes, i have noticed most of the pictures taken in the 40s that i have seen on this site are more crisp than the ones taken now!


Early Kodachrome looked so good. Color film these days has too much contrast.


Great photo, Jack takes really terrific RR pictures, has he ever contributed to Trains or Railfan magazines?

[This picture is over 60 years old ... Jack died 10 years ago at the age of 83. - Dave]

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