1960s st. louis


WAB, Decatur, Illinois, 1960 by Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Via Flickr:
Wabash Railroad southbound Blue Bird passenger train rolling into Decatur, Illinois, at dusk on a summer day in 1960. Photograph by J. Parker Lamb, © 2015, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Lamb-01-039-06


Union Depot - Westbound Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Train - Vincennes, Indiana - Circa 1960

On a very hazy summer day, the westbound B&O National Limited has arrived at the Union Depot in Vincennes, Indiana, and is preparing for its departure on the final 189 miles of its run across Southern Illinois into St. Louis Union Station. This train would have originated in Washington, DC.

Railway Express baggage carts at at the baggage car, while several empty ones line the southside of the depot’s parking lot. In the foreground is the large Brown Shoe Factory water tower that marked the spot of the Vincennes Plant were many of the famous “Buster Brown” shoes were made.

B&O E7A, No. 1422, was originally built in 1945 as No. 70A. By 1957, the railroad had renumbered it to 1422. After this image was taken and toward the end of it career with the B&O, the engine would be repainted into a simplified solid blue and yellow lettering livery with its nose adorned with the sunburst Capital Dome logo. In 1965, the B&O traded in the unit back to General Motors as part of a new order of SD35’s.