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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: 1840-1940

Railroads, The Gallery

Proviso Yard: 1942

Proviso Yard: 1942

Classification yard at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yard. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Westbound Freight: 1943

Westbound Freight: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. westbound freight stopping for water at Melrose, New Mexico. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. This is one of about a thousand pictures Jack took for the Office of War Information in March 1943, riding a freight from Chicago to California. Most of them were in black-and-white. He used a Graflex Speed Graphic press camera that took 4x5 inch film.

 

Chicago and North Western: 1942

Chicago and North Western: 1942

General view of one of the Chicago and North Western railroad yards at Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Two Trains: 1924

Two Trains: 1924

"Train of 1862 & 1924 Limited - Great Northern." 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Always Be Careful: 1943

Always Be Careful: 1943

Vernon Brower riding the footboard of an Illinois Central diesel switch engine at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

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.

 

Argentine Yard, Kansas City: 1943

Argentine Yard, Kansas City: 1943

Coal and sand chutes at the Argentine Yard, Santa Fe R.R., Kansas City, Kansas. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Corwith Yard, Chicago: 1943

Corwith Yard, Chicago: 1943

Santa Fe freight about to leave for the West Coast from the Corwith yard in Chicago. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, who went with the train to California, taking pictures along the way with his Graflex Speed Graphic. Look for them here in the coming days.

 
 
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