Engineer of a locomotive waiting to make his run to Clinton, Iowa from a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard

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Title: Chicago, Illinois. Engineer of a locomotive waiting to make his run to Clinton, Iowa from a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard

Date: December 1942

Photographer: Jack Delano

Source: https://www.loc.gov/item/owi2001014934/PP/

 

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2 thoughts on “Engineer of a locomotive waiting to make his run to Clinton, Iowa from a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard

  1. There is something so dignified about these portraits of the railroad workers, especially the engineers. Contrast this to the known British photographs of the time…there are a few, but usually they come across as “cheeky chappies” such as in books by R.H.N. Hardy. Lots of spirit, but little of this dignity and confidence.

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    • That’s a good point Iain, I’d never really noticed it. I wonder whether it was the wartime conditions? A combination of tiredness (I think the American railroads were run as hard if it harder than the British ones during the war), and maybe a pride in making their contribution? I don’t know enough about the culture of American railroads really but I imagine there was a lot of inherent dignity and confidence in the staff as there tends to be in Americans generally (I’m working with a lot of Americans at the moment).

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