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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 interior view of the towerman, see record 2155.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, December 1942
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1942-02-12
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Creator Description Jack Delano had careers as both a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, beginning in 1942, and a composer of music, who grew up on Puerto Rican folk songs. Born in Russia, he came to the U.S. in 1923. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1932, and got a job with the Farm Security Administration because of an impressive photographic project about mining conditions in the Pennsylvania anthracite area. As part of an FSA project he visited Puerto Rico and settled there in 1946. He photographed railroads extensively for the FSA and its successor, the Office of War Information.
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information
Image ID LC-USW36-540
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