Washington Union Station - 1943

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Washington Union Station - 1943
Posted by BaltACD on Friday, September 22, 2017 8:03 PM


Never too old to have a happy childhood!

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, September 22, 2017 10:37 PM

Beautiful pictures. What a railroad heaven looking back on those scenes but the seriousness of war was in full play and in 1943 the war was still in its dark days, outcome uncertain. 

I can only imagine the backstories and the tremendous effort. 

Very nice BaltACD,,thank you for posting and sharing.


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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, September 22, 2017 11:48 PM

Interesting photo of the double turntable.

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:46 AM

Yes, and it appears that the 2 turntables can be lined up to make a super turntable. 

In the locomotive servicing area photo I can count 22 locomotives and that's without any real scrutiny,  all operating and doing something. Busy busy place. It must have been something to behold in those times. 

Those are the stories from the war years I would really like to know...the real nitty gritty and gruelling pace. The fast paced comings and goings. 

Steam, Diesel and Electric all together. The logistics and fuel supply alone was amazing. What a sight.

Being in Washington I can only imagine the top secret movements and trains that were put together. Same situation up here in Ottawa. 

There are untold stories there. Incredible stories. 

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:44 PM

I don't tinker with that Facebook thing but the Radio WWII site has plenty of other fascinating photos of railroad activity. I stumbled across the ride on the "Century" a few weeks ago. How about color photos of Hitler's train?

This link should take you to the photo album menu:


I happen to have the LIFE magazine (August 4, 1941) issue with the "Life Rides The Cab of the 20th Century Limited" article.

Gret Stuff! Hours worth of browsing!

Regards, Ed

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Posted by Enzoamps on Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:54 AM

Great photos.  I grew up near there.  Union Station has had its highs and lows.  I do remember when the GG1 fell through the floor of the terminal back in the 1950s.  Nothing like WW2, but the place is still darn busy.


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