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Fitchburg Railroad Company Birdseye views of roundhouse and train yard in winter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05235.05 Author/Creator: Fitchburg Railroad Company Place Written: Various Type: Photograph Date: 1893 ca. Pagination: 2 cyanotypes.

# 1) "Fitchburg." View of train yard in the winter. Many train cars lined up on tracks, various buildings. Town visible in the rear of image. # 2) Typed inscription: "North Adams, Mass." Appears to be an aerial view of the Rail yard and town. Passenger and freight stations, round house & freight yard are in the center of the image with the town to the rear of the image.

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