Wednesday, August 17, 2016

James Last - Orange Blossom Special


Remembering the Chessie System Railroad. A colorful 1970's era northeastern United States railroad, created from the 1972 merger of the Baltimore & Ohio, The Chesapeke & Ohio, and the Western Maryland Railroads.

 
After several years and several more mergers, today
this is the CSX Transportation Company Railroad.

Clover Valley Lumber Co. No. 4, 2-6-6-2T Mallet - April 6, 2013, Niles C...


Kansas City Southern Railroad EMD F7A unit # 32. Shreveport Louisianna. September 26th 1970.

 
Robert Seale photograph.

C & N,W local freight passes through the junction.


Northern Pacific Railroad EMD SW 1200 yard switcher # 130 during the 1960's.

 
Before there was today's BNSF Railway, there was the
Burlington Northern Railroad, which was made up
of four railroads that merged together on March 2nd 1970.
 
The four railroads that made up the Burlington Northern Railroad
were...The Great Northern Railway, The Northern Pacific, The
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, and the Spokane, Portland
& Seatle Railroad. In 1980, the Saint Louis & San Francisco
Railroad Aka "Frisco", was also acquired by the BN and
would soon merge in to this big mega railroad.
 
This photograph shows how it was like, before these railroads
had formed a big mega merger, when times were much
simpler back in 1967.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Me and my brand new Walther's Mainline Series, H.O Scale "Chessie System" EMD SW 1 diesel switcher.

 
Hi Everyone! This is Eddie K, Your host and photographer
here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
I grew up on the near southwest side of Chicago during the
1970's, and have many fond memories of some of the now
fallen flag railroads of the past, I witnessed first hand back
in those days.
 
I fondly remember seeing these old Chessie System EMD SW 1
switchers at work, on the southside of Chicago during the 1970's
and perhaps early 1980's. They did everything from switch the
yards, pull local switching freight assignments, and even pull
transfer trains and locals through Brighton Junction.
 
My Athearn Chessie System northeastern style cupola caboose
that I bought a year ago, now finally has a fitting matching
locomotive to pull it, when I run 1970's era freight trains
at the model railroad club.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Westbound Chicago Transit Authority blue line rapid transit train. Oak Park Illinois. July 2006.


Slow 1970's era ATSF freight passing the depot at Stocton.


A westbound Metra local. Elmhurst Illinois. June 2007.


An eastbound Canadian Pacific Railroad freight train, waits for clearance to depart. Franklin Park Illinois. August 2016.


Frankie Ford - Sea Cruise (Live)


A steam powered Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad freight train, crossing the Missisippi River lift bridge.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. August 2016.

SEPTA Subway–Surface Trolley Lines in Philadelphia


A former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad EMD GP 38-2 diesel locomotive, pulls a 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf freight train, through the Missisippi River lift bridge.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale
Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

A southbound Union Pacific Railroad freight train waits on a hold order. Bridgeview Illinois. Late February 2014.

 
This Union Pacific train, was traveling southbound over
the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, just north of the West
87th Street highway overpass bridge, in southwest suburban
Bridgeview Illinois.
 
Believe me...it was a freezing bitter cold day that day.

Anacortes Tommy Train


An Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad transfer train, crossing the West 127th Street viaduct bridge. Alsip Illinois. Late October 1990.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Welcome aboard the "Bus Day" edition of Eddie's Railfan Page! Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!


Recently removed derelict Gray Line Sightseeing double decker buses in the rear bus yard. Gone / sold for scrap. Chicago Illinois. July 2016.

 
Last known use, was being a parts source.

Concord Place Ford paratransit mini shuttle bus. Northlake Illinois. July 2016.


The operator's cab aboard Big Bus Tours of Chicago, Freightliner replica trolley bus # T 8. Chicago Illinois. July 2016. "This is my office at work."

 
Being a sightseeing bus driver in Chicago, does have it's perks.
 
Lately, I have been assigned to work our "Zoo Link" trolley shuttle
bus, to the Chicago History Museum, The Lincoln Park Zoo, and
the Nature Center one day a week. Usually on Mondays.

A Chicago Transit Authority Route # 49 / Western Avenue bus at the intersection of North Western and West Montrose Avenues. Chicago Illinois, 1970.

 
I found this photograph at the internet site "Tom's Trolleybus Pictures"
 
A Chicago Transit Authority 1955 Flxible -Twin Coach Company
40 foot liquefied propane gas powered bus, is viewed working the
CTA Route # 49 / Western Avenue bus line, during it's final years
in operation, on the northside of Chicago Illinois.

Chevrolet van school bus turning north on Crawford Ave. Skokie IL.


Car System HO GMC PD-4501 Scenicrusier Greyhound Bus


A Chicago Transit Authority bus stop sign on Solidarity Drive. Chicago Illinois. June 2016.


Double decker heading west on East Chestnut Street.


My fellow bus driving buddy Wayne. Evanston Illinois, Circa 2012.

 
Hi everyone! This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here
at Eddie's Railfan Page. I am a bus operator by trade, and I had
started my career as a bus driver in 2008, working in paratransit
ADA handicapped service, driving mini buses in Chicago's north
and northwest suburbs. I did this for 6 and a half years.
 
Seen here standing next to this gray MV Transport Ford mini bus,
is an old friend of mine named Wayne. We worked together for
a few years at the now closed First Transit / North Cook garage in
north suburban Glenview Illinois. Wayne and I, were always
swapping stories and having a good laugh or two at work.
 
After a few years, Wayne decided to work for MV Transport. I
would occasionally spot him at a handicapped passenger pick up
site or two, like a special needs school or workshop, or even
stopping for a coffee at a local Mc Donald's fast food place.
 
I am now working at my 3rd bus job , and I still think about
the great people I worked with at one time like Wayne, and
several fellow drivers and staff members in years past.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Big Bus Tours 2010 Alexander Dennis (U.K mfg) open double decker sightseeing bus # 126 in the washbay garage. Chicago Illinois. June 2016.


Golden Eagle 05


Thursday, July 28, 2016

STEAM Trains Chasing & Crossing in PARALLEL Action


An old Athearn "Blue Box Kit" I purchased recently. July 2016.

 
I model 1960's and 70's era American railroading, which
translates to an endless variety of old and new equipment,
first and second generation diesels, as well as railroads that
have either disappeared through mergers, or even new
railroads created through them.
 
This car, is an Athearn model of a 40 foot Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railroad box car, painted in the 1959 introduced
red with white lettering "Shock Control" markings. I own a
Bachman "Sound Value series Santa Fe Alco S 4 yard switcher
diesel locomotives, wearing the 1950's era ATSF black and
silver "Zebra Stripes" color scheme used from 1950 to 1960.
 
These two H.O Scale pieces of vintage Santa Fe equipment,
would look nice coupled together.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Chicago's Kiddieland Amusement Park


A westbound Metra evening local commuter train, crossing North Neva Avenue. Chicago Illinois. July 2007.


Santa Fe steam fast freight passing through Stocton.


A Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad switching local working at sunrise. Rapid City South Dakota. June 1984.

 
I took this photograph, during my June 1984 motorcoach bus
vacation, to Yellowstone National Park in northwestern
Wyoming.
 
We were on our way west / northwest, when I took this early
morning photograph from my hotel room window in Rapid
City South Dakota. I was awakened to the all too familiar
sound of a railroad switching local, spotting cars on the local
industrial railroad spur sidings at sunrise. Still in my pajamas,
I grabbed my camera, and took this photograph. I am so glad
that I did.

Windy City Rails, Vol. 6 "Shortlines & Regionals #1"


A Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad local freight train, passes a row of urban tenement apartment buildings.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. Friday night,
July 1st 2016.

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad