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Railroad Armored Cars in Saigon, 1969

30 Nov

Portrait of Russian metro train drivers

1 Nov

Train photography by Jack Delano

13 Oct

Jack Delano (August 1, 1914 – August 12, 1997) was an American photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and a composer noted for his use of Puerto Rican folk material.

American Civil War Photos

12 Oct

The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America (“the Confederacy”); the other 25 states supported the federal government (“the Union”). After four years of warfare, mostly within the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered and slavery was outlawed everywhere in the nation. Issues that led to war were partially resolved in the Reconstruction Era that followed, though others remained unresolved. (via)

Steam Locomotive

9 Oct
A steam locomotive taken about 1890 near Queretaro, Mexico

The General Haupt – taken in 1863 in front of the roundhouse at the Alexandria, Virginia train station

The station at Sylvan Beach, New York – taken in about 1900

This is the train depot in Maricopa, Arizona. It is the Southern Pacific Station.

Mount Washington Railway trains at a Depot in White Mountains, New Hampshire, 1900

A train station in Gardiner, Montana, 1905

Jack Delano, government photographer

Kansas Train Wrecks

29 Sep
Train coming in the aftermath of a locomotive wreck, probably 1917

Cleaning up train wreck, Stilwell, Kansas, ca. 1917

Aftermath of train wreck, 1917

Train/auto wreck near Aubry, Kansas, 1939

Onlookers at train wreck, Edgerton, Kansas 1948

Images from Johnson County Museum via howtobearetronaut.com

London Trams c.1950s

10 Aug

High Line in the past

13 Jun

The High Line is a 1-mile (1.6 km) New York City park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the former elevated freight railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway. The High Line Park currently runs from Gansevoort Street, one block below West 12th Street, in the Meatpacking District, up to 30th Street, through the neighborhood of Chelsea to the West Side Yard, near the Javits Convention Center.

Kiss and say Goodbye

10 Jun

General Motors Aerotrain: A Rider’s Report

21 May

The photos above are of General Motors’ Aerotrain, a mid-1950s attempt to put pizazz into rail travel and sell many similar locomotive-and-coaches combinations to America’s ailing passenger railroads.

Basically, the Aerotrain was a flashy, automobile-styled locomotive pulling a string of coaches using some of the body stampings from inter-city buses GM was building at the time. By the way, that automobile reference is more real than one might think: the guy behind the design was Chuck Jordan, who many years later went on to head GM’s styling operations.