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  • Collection: The Last Steam Engines of Southern Illinois

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An Illinois Central Railroad Blacksmith works on shaping a steam engine part.

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Illinois Central Railroad blacksmith Elmer Loos, Carbondale, Illinois, demonstrates how a piece of round iron is worked on the forge and on the anvil to form an eye. Gauging the temperature of the rod by eye, Loos removes it from the forced draft…

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An Illinois Central Railroad Blacksmith cuts a metal part from an unidentified Illinois Central Railroad engine of with a cutting torch.

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An Illinois Central Railroad Blacksmith works on shaping a steam engine part.

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An Illinois Central Railroad Blacksmith works on shaping a steam engine part.

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Illinois Central Railroad blacksmith Elmer Loos, Carbondale, Illinois, demonstrates how a piece of round iron is worked on the forge and on the anvil to form an eye. Gauging the temperature of the rod by eye, Loos removes it from the forced draft…

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Illinois Central Railroad blacksmith Elmer Loos, Carbondale, Illinois, demonstrates how a piece of round iron is worked on the forge and on the anvil to form an eye. Gauging the temperature of the rod by eye, Loos removes it from the forced draft…

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Illinois Central Railroad blacksmith Elmer Loos, Carbondale, Illinois, molds a red hot iron bar.

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Two Illinois Central Railroad blacksmiths, Elmer Loos and his coworker,work together to mold a red hot iron bar.

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Illinois Central Railroad blacksmith Elmer Loos, Carbondale, Illinois, molds a red hot iron bar.