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From this month in history...

posted Apr 29, 2017, 7:04 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 7:26 AM ]
75 Years ago in April 1942 the Doolittle Raiders made their famous raid on Tokyo.  On the U.S. Homefront on April 11 the War Production Board issued new rules that locomotive production schedules be approved by the WPB, due to other wartime production taking place at the same plants. No “passenger-only” locomotives will be built during the war, steam or diesel, and ALCo and Baldwin diesel production is limited to switchers. Only GM-EMD is allowed to build diesel road locomotives*.

Here in Washington, D.C. Union Station has become a bustling place.  During the height of World War II Union Station would see 100,000 or more passengers on some days.

The photo though not necessarily from April 1942, was taken by the War Information Office, and shows a sailor kissing his girl at Union Station. Washington, D.C. thus has its own version of the famous Sailor Kissing Girl photo at Time Square in New York on V-J Day, August 15, 1945.

Photo from the the Library of Congress. 


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