It’s August of 1940, and the United States involvement in World War II is still more than a year away. Jack Delano recorded this view of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad facilities at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania from a hillside overlooking the yard. That’s the Mahoning Creek Lake (actually a river) that the yard is wrapped around.
The B&O moves a lot of coal through these mountains. It obviously takes a lot of power to achieve that, with more than twenty locomotives at the ready near the huge coaling tower in the distance. And this hazy day is likely due in part to all of those steamers simmering while they wait.