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Leslie Airhorns atop a Locomotive (editor's title)

Airhorns at Duplainville
Four Leslie S5TR airhorns (the fifth is broken off) atop a Union Pacific locomotive built by General Electric, eastbound at Duplainville, near Waukesha, Wisconsin. The photographer was the engineer for the Milwaukee Road train being pulled by the UP locomotives. Closeups of airhorns are unusual, and made possible only because the train had stopped and the engineer/photographer climbed on top of his locomotive. The train appears in a tidy Waukesha County landscape, with mowed lawns in evidence. The Duplainville Tower is in the background. Waukesha County, west of Milwaukee, was a rapidly developing suburban area in the 1970s. A stopped train with a broken airhorn had "not in my back yard" potential, and demonstrates the tension between historic transportation methods and suburban notions of private property ownership.
Source Tom Farence
Coverage Spatial, Duplainville, Wisconsin; Temporal, 1978
Rights Tom Farence
Date Created 1978
Resource Type
Extent 35 mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Duplainville, Wisconsin
Image Type Railroad equipment
Builder, locomotive General Electric
Creator Description Tom Farence went to work for the Milwaukee Road in 1966. He continued his railroad career on the Canadian Pacific, I&M RailLink, and Iowa, Chicago & Eastern until retiring on disability in 2005. The photos here were taken while he was in engine service between Milwaukee and Portage, Wisconsin, through 1986.
Collection Tom Farence Collection
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