Some of my favorite rail images came from a gentleman named Jack Delano. While not specifically a rail photographer, he left his mark back in the early 1040s with a series of photographs he captured while employed by the Farm Services Administration as part of their photography program. Two of the railroads he covered extensively were the Chicago and Northwestern, and the Illinois Central.
One of the things I really like about his photography is the way he captures the human element into many of his compositions. In this image, we can study the unique interior of this freight crew’s C&NW caboose as they are making the run between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa.