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Locomotives over the ash pit at the roundhouse and coaling station at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yards, Chicago, Ill.

C&NW locomotives
Steam locomotives over the ash pit at the roundhouse and coaling station at the Chicago & Northwestern Railway's yards in Chicago, December 1942. The coaling station is the large, tower-like building in the middle of frame, built from concrete. The smaller tower at right holds sand, which the locomotives carry for extra traction. Engine #2576, a class J-S 2-8-2 freight locomotive, was built by Alco-Dunkirk in 1923. It received an automatic coal stoker in April 1942.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, December 1942
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1942-10-12
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Equipment, Locomotive Class J-S 2-8-2 #2576 and two others
Builder, locomotive Alco-Dunkirk
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-USW36-551
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