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View Resource "Hump" Control Tower at a Railroad Yard (editor's title)
C&NW hump towerman

Towerman R. W. Mayberry (1901-54) of Elmhurst, Illinois, operates a set of retarders and switches in the hump tower at the Chicago & North Western Railway's Proviso Yard near Chicago in May 1943. The railroad uses the hump yard to sort freight cars, via gravity, by their destinations. At the top of the hump, workers uncouple the cars, which then roll down the hump toward the many tracks which...

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34682
View Resource A Conductor and His Train (editor's title)
Conductor Daniel Sinise and locomotive

Daniel Sinise of Blue Island, Illinois, poses beside locomotive 307 of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, a line that transferred freight cars to and from yards of mainline railroads in Chicago, and served industries in the Chicago area. Its headquarters were in Gibson, Indiana. Sinise (1900-79) worked as a conductor out of the yard in Riverdale, Illinois; he was known as "King" by his crew. A...

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d25464
View Resource A train being pushed over the hump at the Proviso yard, C&NW RR., Chicago, Ill.
C&NW hump yard

Exterior, distant broadside view of steam locomotive pushing a train over the hump at the Chicago & North Western Railway's Proviso Yard in Chicago, December 1942. At the top of the hump, workers uncouple the cars, which roll down the other side of the hump via gravity. The hump towerman uses a complex array of switches to route the cars into different tracks, grouped by destination. For an...

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a34634
View Resource Boilermaker at Proviso Yard (editor's title)
A boilermaker for C&NW at Proviso Yard roundhouse, Chicago

L. Logan, of West Chicago, was a boilermaker for the Chicago & North Western at the roundhouse at the Proviso yard.

View Resource Brakeman at Proviso Yard, Chicago (editor's title)
Frederick Batt, brakeman, at Proviso yard, Chicago, Illinois

Frederick Batt, brakeman, on the Chicago & North Western at Proviso yard, Chicago, Illinois.

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