Front view, at coal tower

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Identifier

NG503041

Title

Front view, at coal tower

Subject

Steam Locomotive

Description

Even the bright Memorial Day sunshine could not dissipate the atmosphere of decay which casts an inevitable pall over Shelby Street. Weathered structures, rusting machinery, twisted rails, littered grounds - all combine to suggest that here is the very epitome of that most persistent plague of railroading, obsolescence, and that here also is the excruciatingly stark evidence of its raison d'etre, financial instability. The pair of GP-7's, serving as passenger protection between stints on race specials, seems grotesquely out of place among the other occupants of the area - so much so that it is hard to reconcile the legend "New York Central" as being common to them and to the pathetic hulks which predominate in this veritable morgue. The only live steamer in view is the 3015 in the center foreground, and except for her pumps, which emit an occasional soft whine and pant, she is almost as mute as the corpses on her left. The dead line is made up mostly of 2800-series L-2s and various members of the J-1 class. All are consigned to scrap and are waiting for a buyer.

Creator

Jeremy Taylor

Contributor

Jeremy Taylor

Format

2-1/4x3-1/4 neg

Date Created

Spring, 1954

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Sub-Subject

4/8/2002

Negative Number

408

Class-Lot

L-3a, GP7

Road Number

#3015,#5763,#5766

Builder

Alco-Schen

Location

Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN

Notes

See NG503041a

Citation

Jeremy Taylor, “Front view, at coal tower,” New York Central System Historical Society, accessed July 15, 2024, https://nycshs.omeka.net/items/show/86040.

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