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Great Northern Railway, Extra 3383 East, Near Willmar, Minnesota (1955)

GN 3383 east in Minnesota
Great Northern Railway steam-powered freight train near Willmar, Minnesota in 1955. The Great Northern Railway was a predecessor of today's BNSF, which now operates this line. At the time when the image was made, the photographer was working as an assistant to the trainmaster in Willmar. By 1955, diesel power was quickly replacing steam and the railroad only operated a few steam locomotives. The photographer's employment kept him very well-informed of their operations
Source David Plowden, Winnetka, Illinois
Coverage Spatial, near Willmar, Minnesota; Temporal, 1955
Rights David Plowden
Date Created 1955
Resource Type
Extent 11 in. x 12 in.
Depicted Railroad
Creator Description David Plowden says of himself that he stays one step ahead of the wrecking ball in recording "vanishing America." He started with steam locomotives, and has moved to the many changes he has observed on the North American rural and industrial landscapes. He was born in 1932 in Boston, began learning darkroom techniques at the Putney School in Vermont in 1948, published his first photograph in 1954 (in Trains), graduated from Yale in 1955, worked for the Great Northern as an assistant to the trainmaster in Minnesota, eventually assisted photographer O. Winston Link, and began a full-time professional career in 1960-61. He has more than twenty photography books to his credit.
Collection David Plowden Collection
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