#365 – Library of Congress Images – Chicago Railway Yard

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001045480/PP/resource/   http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992001024/PP/ http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992001028/PP/ http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001045487/PP/resource/ http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001045474/PP/resource/ http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001046046/PP/resource/ Having explored inside the railway works, Jack Delano continued his documentation of the Chicago and North Western outside in the switching (shunting) yards. One tends to forget the enormous size of American steam locos until you see them with people next to them, and those depicted in these…

#363 – Library of Congress Images – Chicago Railway Workshops in Colour

  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992000703/PP/               http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992000725/PP/     http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992000693/PP/                                 http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992000724/PP/                           http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992000693/PP/ http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1992000647/PP/ In my nightschool studies of the history of photography, we…

#126 – Mechanical Monster

Bucyrus-Erie BE1150 Dragline Excavator at Swillington, near Leeds in Yorkshire. It’s preserved as a tribute to the ‘Sunshine Miners’, those miners who worked in the nearby opencast workings. I blogged about it last year, thought I’d mention it again, as it’ll be open again for the annual Heritage Open Days on 11-12th September, and if you’re into big mechanical engineering, you really…

#31 – First item on this years Christmas List :)

A dragline excavator! This is the Bucyrus Erie BE1150 at Swillington near Leeds in the UK. It’s preserved by the ‘Friends of St. Aidans BE1150 Dragline’, a great bunch of blokes who look after this amazing bit of mechanical engineering.  1200 tons and a 215ft long boom – this is a BIG bit of kit,…