Cleaning the “Vistadome” Car

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
CB&Q Miscellaneous. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Collection, Newberry Library.

Railroad work in the U.S. was segregated by race well into the 1950s. African Americans held jobs for car cleaners, maids, and porters, but rarely worked as conductors or engineers. Here an African American woman cleans the interior of the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy “Vistadome” car.

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