Replacing the tire of a steam locomotive driving wheel at a Santa Fe Railway shop in Shopton, Iowa, March 1943. The metal tire is heated with gas until it expands enough that it can be slipped over the wheel. Contraction on cooling will hold the tire firmly in place.
Robert Hill, steel car repairer and rivet driver, at the car shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Topeka, Kansas, 1943. Hill was born in Drew County, Arkansa. He moved to Topeka in 1919, working as a carman for the Santa Fe from 1922 to 1962. He died in 1963.
Harry Tostado, steel car repairer's helper and rivet heater, at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway car shops in Topeka, Kansas, in March 1943. He worked at the shops from October 1942 to May 1946, spent 17 months in the army, returned to Topeka and the Santa Fe, and in May 1949 went back to the army for 26 years in railroad service as conductor, brakeman, and yardmaster. His father,...
Walter Mitchell, steel car repairer and riveter, at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway car shops in Topeka, Kansas in March 1943. Mitchell (1897-1967) retired as a wheel inspector in September 1962 with more than 28 years of service. The photograph is part of the Farm Security-Office of War Information Collection that documented American life and times from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s.
Night view of an Illinois Central Railroad boxcar in Chicago's South Water Street freight terminal in April 1943. Several skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline are visible in the background. The bright streak at upper left was likely made by a passing aircraft during the long exposure.