Archive for February, 2010


by Engineman Wook

Icons in religion offer, specifically, a look into the other World; in like fashion, these images offer particular and yet abstract glimpses of, specifically, the late-modern World, now wholly other and wholly at an end:















(all photos shown are by an anonymous Lima Locomotive Works photographer of the 1940s, of the C&O 2-6-6-6 Allegheny steam locomotive under construction down in Ohio, and they are from The AlleghenyLima’s Finest, by Eugene L Huddleston, Thomas W Dixon, Jr [Hundman Publishing, 1984] LC #84-80616)

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[21 February 2010]


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by Engineman Wook

Please enjoy these images of a now long-ago late modernity!

They are pictures made in 1941, 1944 and 1948 at the Lima (Ohio) Locomotive plant and record the erection during those years of the three orders of the Chesapeake & Ohio RR’s H8 1600 series Allegheny 2-6-6-6 single-expansion articulated steam locomotive.  According to steam locomotive historians Thomas W Dixon and Gene L Huddleston, the Allegheny is now known to have been both the heaviest and most powerful steam locomotive ever built in the World.  These pictures, only a sample, also incidentally capture the bright brief daytime, oddly softened here, of the Old Atlantic short twentieth century that began in August on (more…)

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