Rosie the Riveter And Other Tales of Conveyance

27 Mar

Interesting picture from WWII Nashville as a woman factory worker rivets a part on a “Vengance” Dive Bomber built by Vultee Aircraft

Rare color photos from 1930s-40s

The interesting part here – to me at least is a black factory worker in the South during the early 40’s. Vultee initially didn’t become  a big name because most of it’s aircraft were built for our allies and foreign consumption.

Vultee would be reorganized in 1943 to become Convair, which would build the massive B-36, the F-102 Delta Dagger, F106 Delta Dart, the B-58 Hustler, and the Atlas Centaur Rocket booster. As a kid I built Revell models of most of these aircraft (what fun!).

Vultee Vengeance Dive Bomber

Thinking of things that go fast and bump in the night…

Here’s a pic of the Norfolk and Western J-4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, which was one of the last steam engines to operate in the US. The J-4-8-4 was also the fastest Steam locomotive ever built, capable of driving a 15 car passenger train at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. My Mom used to describe riding the Powhatan Arrow, a train using the same engine and livery out to Roanoke from Norfolk to visit with her then fiance, my Dad.

I’ve ridden the French TGV at speeds in excess of 200 MPH which is a blast. Gotta figure riding a steam train back in the day at speeds  over 80 MPH had to be pretty exciting. The reailroads replaced an earlier generation of ships as the “black telegraph” bringing news to communities for nearly 80 years…

Rode this one cross country from Chicago to Seattle as a kid, the Southern Pacific Coast Daylight from Seattle to LA/San Diego, the AT&SF El Capitan to the Grand Canyon,  the Southern Pacific Sunset Limited from LA to New Orleans, and the famous Illinois Central “City of New Orleans” to Chicago –

Had a few “Railroad Men” on my Dad’s side of the family – Maybe why I love these machines…

He was a Railroad Man!

Great Northern's Empire Builder - Chicago to Seattle

Southern Pacific Coast Daylight - Seattle to LA

Southern Pacific "El Caspitan" to New Orleans


Side Trip! Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s “El Capitan” – LA to Flagstaff

City of New Orleans - NOL to Chicago

Baltimore and Ohio "Capitol Limited -" Chicago to DC

This is a Modern remix based on a Bill Withers – Jose Feliciano collaboration, with Jose on the Congas.


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