ON RECTO. Inscribed on frame in white paint: Mass-North-Eastern. St. Ry. Co. / John J. Welch. 1912-1931. / Methuen - Rotary - Station. / 1912 - 1931 + ON VERSO. Handwritten poem on paper, affixed to center: THE END OF THE LINE / I'M GOING TO MISS THE TRACTION LINE / I HATE TO SEE IT GO / YOU SEE IT WENT THROUGH OUR FARM / FOR 30 YEARS OR SO / I KNOW THAT I'LL BE LONESOME / WHEN THE LINE COMES TO AN END / FOR THE MOTORMAN WHO WORKED IT / WAS MY GOOD AND LOYAL FRIEND / HE'D SIGNAL WHEN THE COWS WERE OUT / WITH HIS SCREAMING WHISTLE'S BLOW / HE NEVER FAILED ME, NO NOT ONCE / AND I COUNTED ON HIM SO / THE CAR CREW AND THE SECTION GANG / ALL WERE GOOD FRIENDS TOO / EACH OF THEM LIKE THE SERVICE / WAS DEPENDABLE FINE AND TRUE + Handwritten notes on label affixed to center left; the remains of photo backing suggests that some of the missing text was removed when the previous photograph was removed: TENSION STATION / RTERS AC AND D.C. 13,200 VOLTS A.C / 6 - 38 - VOLTS - DC / JOHN J, WELCH. / LAWRENCE MASS. / AND / FRANK MCCORMACK. / SO-GROVELAND MASS / OPERATORS. / PICTURE OIL PAINTED. / BY JOHN J, WELCH. [then, under photo marks] JOHN J. WELCH - 28 YRS OLD / PICTURE TAKEN. / AT METHUEN ROTARY STATION. / PRIVATE LAND / 818 — METHUEN MASS. + Handwritten notes on label affixed to center right; the removal of the original photograph appears to have torn the paper: 48 YRS OLD / _CTURE TAKEN / _UNDAY AFTERNOON / OCT - 15 - 1933 / NEAR AYERS VILLAGE / HAVERHILL MASS.
Text: Keep 'em Going! - "Every Bad order Locomotive is a Prussian soldier. Every live Locomotive is an American soldier. Let us get on top of the Prussian Locomotives and make American soldiers out of them"W. G. McAdoo - Director General of Railroads
Train tracks curve from bottom center upward through center and off to the left; steaming locomotive pulling three freight cars past three storage sheds located in center of track loop. The background shows 3 mountain peaks, echoed in three clouds overhead. In the foreground, bottom corners are trees or other dense foliage. Artist's sketch from life; Kirchner developed a rapid, stroke-oriented (as opposed to detail-oriented) sketch style when out in the world.
A freight train chugs through the Taunus mountain range, Germany.