Monday, October 20, 2014

Autum splendor on Prairie Avenue. Des Plaines Illinois. October 2014.


A southbound Union Pacific Railroad unit grain train waiting on a hold order. Northbrook Illinois. October 2014.


Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad EMD yard switcher # 1520 idling at Argo Yard. Summit Illinois. October 2014.


Eddie Blazonczyk Sr, - Chicago Bears Polka



This You Tube video, is dedicated to all the viewers of my site, who are
also Chicago area sports fans as well. (Pass the nachos and hot wings please.)

Although the Chicago Bears lost 27 to 14 yesterday against the Miami Dolphins...
I am still a Chicago Bears fan, no matter what the fans of that green and yellow
team north of Milwaukee have to say.

Go Bears! Better luck next week!

Thanks.
Eddie K.

Stopping for water on the miniature 14 inch gauge railroad. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indiana. Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

 
I took this photograph during a recent visit to the Hesston Steam
Museum, located in the town of Hesston Indiana near the border
town of New Buffalo Michigan in La Porte County.
 
Many improvements have been made in recent times at the museum,
one of them being this working model of a steam era wooden water
tank on the museum's miniature 14 inch track gauge railroad. It quenches
the thirst of the steam locomotives, just as the prototypes did.


                                                                   Thanks.
                                                                 Eddie K.

Northbound Metra crossing Dundee Road. Northbrook Illinois. Oct 2011.


BNSF Railway block signals at Mc Cook Junction. Mc Cook Illinois. October 2014.

 
View facing west on the BNSF Railway's former Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railroad mainline in near southwest suburban Mc Cook
Illinois near the town of Lyons.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Chicago Surface Lines Route # 56 / Milwaukee Avenue streetcar in the north terminal at North Milwaukee Avenue and West Imlay Street. Chicago Illinois. Early 1940's?

 
I found this photograph at my Link page, the New Dave's Railpix,
which is located to the right of your computer screen.
 
Prior to 1951, the Chicago Transit Authority's Route # 56 /  Milwaukee
Avenue transit route, was operated with electric streetcars from the former
Chicago Surface Lines Company. Car # 522, viewed at the north terminal
at the Chicago city limits border adjacent to Niles Illinois, at North -
Milwaukee and West Imlay Street, in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood.
 
Today, this is a transit bus terminal.

An early 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf Railroad local freight train passes the tower.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
OPSME on Facebook.

Former Chicago Brookfield Zoo train runby.9-27-2014


A volunteer conductor punching the train tickets prior to departure. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indiana. Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

 


                              This operating railroad museum, is located near New Buffalo Michigan
                               and is a very fun and family oriented attraction worth visiting in N W
                               Indiana. www.hesston.org

Friday, October 10, 2014

A southbound Metra commuter local, prepares to depart from the Edgebrook commuter rail station. Chicago Illinois. October 2007.


A Unique S.P passenger train.


Former Grand Trunk Western Railroad locomotives idling at the Canadian National's former Illinois Central Hawthorne Yard. Cicero Illinois. April 2006.


Denver and Rio Grande Steam Train 315 - Durango and Silverton


A unique 1970's era Santa Fe caboose hop in H.O Scale.

 
 
I took this photograph last month, at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
This group also has their own Facebook page known as OPSME
 
My recently acquired Atlas H.O Scale model of an Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railroad EMD SD 24 roadswitcher diesel locomotive, is
viewed pulling three Athearn Santa Fe cabooses in two different ATSF
cupola models and color schemes. The rear caboose in the plain box car
brown color scheme, represents an unrebuilt Santa Fe caboose in the pre
1966 color scheme.

HD: Chasing the Reading & Northern Reading Turn, February 11, 2012


Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad EMD SD 20 # 2924. Riverdale Illinois. October 26th, 2003. Mike Rapchack Jr photograoh.

 
I found this photograph from the Chicago area railroad known
as the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad at my Link page Fallen -
Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your computer  -
 
Railfan photographer Mike Rapchack Junior, photographed IHB
EMD SD 20 roadswitcher locomotive # 2924 at work, switching
auto rack cars at the IHB's Riverdale Yard near Blue Island Illinois.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A BNSF Railway double stack container train, passing through Riverside Illinois on a rainy morning. Saturday, October 4th, 2014.


An early 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf Railroad gondola train.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.  OPSME on
Facebook as well.

1940's Freight Trains on the Chicago & North Western System - American R...


Putting the former Chicago Brookfield Zoo train away for the night. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indiana. Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

 
The patronage was running a little on the light side late in
the afternoon on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, at the -
Hesston Steam Museum in northwest Indiana near the border
town of New Buffalo Michigan, and the crew decided that it
was time to remove one of the museum's two operating former
Chicago Brookfield Zoo narrow gauge trains from service, and
put it away for the night in the museum's car barn prior to closing.
 
The train's crew, is viewed backing the train to the car barn.

American railroad box cars from the former Boston & Maine (Left) and the Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad. The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.

 
I took this photograph last night, at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
This group also has their own Facebook page known as OPSME
 
Rounding one of may curves on the club layout, are a 40 foot Box
car painted in 1960's era Boston & Maine Railroad markings, and
a modern 1970's and 80's era yellow Chicago & NorthWestern -
Railroad double plug door box car.
 
Fallen flag American railroads of the past, are alive and well at this club.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page, from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad EMD SW 1 diesel switcher locomotive
# 8406 at Cranford New Jersey.  April 1973. Carl Greffchen photo.
 
This and many other wonderful vintage railroad photographs, can
be seen at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the
right of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org

The north terminal for the Chicago Transit Authority Route # 52 / Kedzie - California Avenue bus line then and now.


 
 
The Chicago Transit Authority's north terminal for the Route # 52 /
Kedzie - California Avenue bus line, located on North California
Avenue approximately two city blocks north of West Roscoe Street,
has seen few if any changes. Located in an industrial and residential
district on the north side of Chicago, this was the "end of the line" for
the predecessor company Chicago Surface Lines during the electric
streetcar era, and later for the successor company Chicago Transit
Authority, with the later addition of a much safer "Off Street" -
terminal loop along the west side of North California Avenue.
 
Standard double ended electric streetcars were used on this line until
May of 1954, which required passengers to board and disembark in
the middle of city streets. Although some locations featured concrete
boarding safety islands, they were still largely unsafe due to some
of the local careless driving habits by some motorists in Chicago.
Apparently...not much has changed in Chicago traffic safety wise.
 
In May of 1954, the Route # 54 /  Kedzie-California transit route,
was converted to gasoline powered transit bus operation, utilizing
1940's era White gasoline powered transit buses, based out of the
CTA's Archer Garage located on the southwest side of the city, at
Archer Avenue and Pershing Road in Chicago's Mc Kinley Park
neighborhood. (Closed. Demolished in 2014.) With the overhead
wires already still in place and on route electrical substations, this
transit route was converted to electric trolleybus operation in
December of 1955, and operated as such until March of 1969,
when it was converted to diesel and propane bus operation.
 
I found the streetcar photograph on the internet, while the modern
bus photograph was one I had taken, in January of 2007.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Westbound night Metra express. Elmwood Park IL. April 2013.


An early postwar era City of Chicago garbage truck.

 
I found this photograph recently on a few Facebook photo pages.
 
Before there was today's big City of Chicago Department of Streets
And Sanitation, there was the "Chicago Department Of Sanitation."
 
This photograph which was more than likely taken during the late
1940's era, shows how back then, municipal city garbage trucks once
had a large loading scoop on the back of the truck, which was then
connected mechanically via linkage, to a lid on the top of the odd -
shaped enclosed disposal body, that would open or close depending
on the movement of the rear loading scoop. When it was time to go
and unload the full truck at a local municipal waste transfer station
or incinerator facility, these were enclosed dump trucks that would
tip to unload at the city dumping facility or landfill operation.
 
I was born in Chicago during 1962, and I fondly remember that the
City of Chicago garbage trucks, were painted a dull utilitarian solid
orange color scheme, with maroon front grills, wheels and fuel tanks.
This is more than likely what this truck was painted in as well  in this
vintage Chicago photograph. Around 1967, the City of Chicago Dept
of Streets and Sanitation, began painting their vehicles including the
Street sweepers and dump trucks, in to the light blue and copper color
scheme that is still in use today.
 
Notice in the photograph, that there are early electric powered exterior
lights that were similar to ones used on buildings. Notice also the -
complete lack of rear view mirrors. ( A big "No No" today.)
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Downtown Westmont Illinois. November 1989.

 
View is facing north on Cass Avenue.

Narrow gauge steam train departing.


A two train meet on the Missisippi lift bridge.



                           I took this photograph earlier this year on Wednsday night, January
                           14th, 2014, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale
                           Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. This group also has their
                           own Facebook page known as OPSME

                          In this photograph, My late 1960's and early 1970's era Atchison,
                          Topeka & Santa Fe freight train, meets fellow club member Chuck
                          Colin's freight train from his own Oak River & South Chicago R R.

                         Chuck's freight train, features a modern era (Today) rebuilt 1970's era
                         wide vision caboose, that was transformed in to a "Shoving Platform"
                         caboose used in switching maneuvers on railroads, who no longer use
                         cabooses requiring a ride aboard crew. On the prototypes which are also
                         refered to as "Riding Platforms"...these are used as idler cars, and as a
                         outdoor platform for crews to ride on during reverse moves, when there
                         are multiple grade crossings to flag for stopping motorists.

                         The windows and doors are permanently sealed, with metal sheets welded
                         over the former openings. Nobody can be inside anymore.

                                              Thanks Chuck.
                                               
                                                   Eddie K.
 

An old 1950's era color photograph, taken at the Illinois Terminal Railroad's Granite City Illinois shop facility.

 
This photograph appears courtesy of my Link page "New Dave's
Railpix,, located to the right of your computer screen.

                                 http://www.newdavesrailpix.com/

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page, from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

 
Photo courtesy of Fallen Flags.org

Preserved Illinois Terminal Railroad lightweight center entrance interurban car.

 
Operated at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois.

Best of NOLA New Orleans Street car st Charles named desire


A 1970's era Atchsion, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad unit grain train, crossing the tall steel trestle.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. OPSME on
Facebook. photographed in September of 2014.

Backing to the car barn at the end of the day.


Dardanelle & Russelville EMD SW 1 diesel switcher # 16. Dardanelle Arkansas. November 1987. Kam Miller photograph.


                               

                               Shortline and industrial railroads, have always captured the attention
                               of most any camera carrying railfan, and the D & R Railroad in the
                               state of Arkansas is no exception.

                                Railfan photographer Kam Miller, photographed their first generation
                                EMD SW 1 switcher, still wearing now faded 1960's era colors, in the
                                town of Dardanelle Arkansas in November of 1987.

                              This photo appears courtesy of my Link Page Fallen Flags.Org
                               which is located to the right of your computer screen at
                               www.rr-fallenflags.org

Monday, September 29, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page, from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

 
Seasonal autum splendor in the greater Chicagoland area.

A mainline steam powered railfan excursion on the club layout.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.  September 2014.
OPSME on Facebook.

A long unit grain train crosses the tall steel trestle.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. September 2014.
OPSME on Facebook.

A privately owned late 1960's era International Harvester Loadstar 2500 fire engine. North Riverside Illinois. Early September 2014.


The former Chicago Brookfield Zoo train rounding a curve. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indiana. Saturday, September 27th, 2014. www.hesston.org

 
This past Saturday afternoon, my lovely wife Cheryl and I, took
a much deserved and long overdue road trip to the Hesston Steam
Museum in northwest Indiana, near the state line border of the
neighboring town of New Buffalo Michigan.
 
A train that I rode a handful of times when I was a kid growing up
in Chicago during the 1960's and 70's era, was the 2 foot narrow
gauge Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad, that operated
from 1967 until 1985, at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo. The good news,
is that the former Brookfield Zoo train is alive and well, operating
today at The Hesston Steam Museum in La Porte County Indiana.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Boston & Maine Railroad 2-6-0 "Mogul" type steam locomotive pulling a local freight train. Lynn Massachusettes. April 1937. Frank Mellot photo collection.



I found this classic east coast United States railroad photograph from the steam era
at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your computer
screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org

Railfan photographer Frank Mellot, photographed Boston & Maine Railroad
2-6-0 steam locomotive # 1440, pulling a local way freight through Lynn
Massachusettes in April of 1937.

The former Boston & Maine Railroad, was a big user of the practical small
to mid size 2-6-0 Mogul type steam locomotives. They were dual service
locomotives on the B & M. They were used on everything from local freight
trains, to commuter trains. They worked in to the 1950's, until finally replaced
by modern diesel electric locomotives. One is preserved at the Naugatauck
Railroad Museum in Naugatauck Connecticut today.

A 1950's and 60's era Santa Fe local crossing the river.



I photographed this video, at the Oak Park Society of Model engineers,
H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.

My Bachman sound value series Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Alco
S 4 yard switcher wearing the 1950's era Santa Fe "Zebra Stripe"
color scheme used by the Santa Fe from 1950 until replaced by a
blue and yellow color scheme in 1960, pulls a typical 1950's and
early 1960's era Santa Fe switching local across the Missisippi Rive
lift bridge on the club layout.

Norfolk & Western Railroad EMD GP 35's at work pulling a freight train. New Haven Indiana. 1970's? Allen Gaines photo.

 
I found this classic 1970's era photograph from the former
Norfolk & Western Railroad at my Link page Fallen Flags
.Org, which is located to the right of your computer screen at
 
The Norfolk & Western Railroad, began using this solid black
with the large white NW lettering in 1971. These two N & W
high hood EMD GP 35 road switcher diesel electric locomotives,
are viewed at work pulling a freight train at New Haven Indiana.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Trains At High Speed: Steam Engines (Locos), TGVs, ICEs, USA Acelas and ...


A Baltimore & Ohio Railroad EMD E 8 passenger diesel locomotive in the 1960's era solid blue color scheme. Washington D.C. May 30th, 1966. Bob Rathke photogrph.

 
Blue has always been one of my all time favorite colors.
 
I found this classic 1960's era photograph from the former
B & O Railroad at my link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is
located to the right of your computer screen at.....
 
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad like many dieselized post war
railroads, originally painted some of their diesel locomotives
in an elaborate multi colored blue and gray color scheme with
gold / yellow lettering and color separation stripes. This color
scheme in the long run, would prove to be difficult and expensive
to maintain, and by the early to mid 1960's, was replaced by a -
solid "Dip Job" dark blue paint scheme, which was more practical
and cost effective. May passenger diesels on the B & O, also would
receive "Dip Job" paint schemes, such as the locomotive shown here.

Truck Driving Music: Movin' On - Merle Haggard (*I*T*S* Fleet - Tractor ...


A trio of cabooses make for an interesting Santa Fe cboose hop.

 
I took this photograph last week Wednsday night, at the Oak Park
Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in
Oak Park Illinois.    OPSME on Facebook.
 
My Atlas H.O Scale model of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railroad EMD model SD 24 six axel diesel electric roadswitcher,
is viewed pulling three different Athearn Santa Fe caboose models
in a very unique caboose hop operation. The last caboose, is painted
in the Santa Fe's pre 1966 plain color scheme, and represents an
unrebuilt 1940's era caboose.

 

A United Parcel Service big rig tractor triler truck in traffic. Glenview Illinois. September 2014.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Twilight in Bedford Park Illinois. Thursday, September 18th, 2014.

 
View facing west from inside Bedford Park (The city park) along
the east side of South Archer Road /  Illinois Rt # 171 in
southwest suburban Bedford Park Illinois.

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad unit grain train rounding the curve by the scrap yard.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
 
OPSME on Facebook

A United Parcel Service tractor and trailer big rig. Glenview Illinois. September 2012.


A former G,M & O engines leads a 1970's ICG freight.


4965 Rood Ashton Hall 'The Valentines Dinner Express' 14.02.2014

4965 Rood Ashton Hall 'The Valentines Dinner Express' 14.02.2014

A westbound Metra evening rush hour commuter train at sunset. Elmwood Park Illinois. March 2012.


The San Diego Trolley. San Diego California. June 2013.

 
 

A unique Santa Fe caboose hop.


Two former Chicago, North Shore And Milwaukee Railroad electric interurban coaches.

 
 
Preserved and operating today at the Illinois Railway Museum
in the town of Union Illinois. www.irm.org

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Congress Park overhead railroad block signals at twilight. Brookfoeld Illinois. July 2008.

 
Hi everyone!  This is Eddie K, your host and photographer
here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
I took this photograph one colorful summer evening after work
back in July of 2008. I was just relaxing and photographing some
evening train activity on the BNSF Railway three track mainline.
 
I was on location at the Brookfield Illinois Metra commuter rail
station at Prairie Avenue. Although we were between trains at
the time, the beautiful summer twilight sky in all of it's colorful
glory, made the tall signal bridge look lovely and majestic as
night was now falling in the greater Chicagoland area.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A northbound Canadian Pacific intermodal transfer train with a former Soo Line caboose, passing through the crosstracks at Hawthorne Junction. Chicago / Cicero Illinois. March 2007.

 
 
I took this photograph after work one afternoon, back in March of 2007.
 
We are on location at Hawthorne Junction, at the immediate Chicago
city limits border at west suburban Cicero Illinois. I was train spotting
along the Belt Railway of Chicago north -south line, when this unique
northbound Canadian Pacific Railroad intermodal transfer train came
slowly heading northbound, and crossing the Canadian National ex
Illinois Central Railroad crosstracks at Hawthorne Junction.
 
The steel utility signal cabinet shed in the photograph, is where the
old wooden steam era "Belt Tower" used to stand prior to 1990.
 
The hill to the left of the freight train was the site of the abandoned
Bell Air Drive In Movie Theatre in neighboring Cicero Illinois.

An eastbound Canadian Pacific freight train crossing North Harlem Avenue at the city limits border. Chicago Illinois. Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

 
I took this photograph yesterday evening, while out enjoying a
much deserved and refreshing exercise walk through Elmwood
Park Illinois around sunset.
 
A group of teenage boys standing on the Chicago side of the city
limits border, wait as a slow moving eastbound Canadian Pacific
Railroad transfer train, crosses North Harlem Avenue. The west
side of North Harlem Avenue to the left of the photo, is near N W
suburban Elmwood Park Illinois.

Deutsche Reichsbahn narrow gauge 1980 Wolkenstein - Jöhstadt.



Here is an old 8mm home movie from the European Nation that was formerly
known as East Germany that I found on You Tube a short while ago.

See? there were also fellow railfans on the other side of the Berlin Wall as well.

A privately owned late 1960's era International Harvester fire engine. North Riverside Illinois. Saturday, September 6th, 2014.

 
It is amazing what you might see firsthand when taking a walk.
 
My family and I, were visiting a local flea market at Commons
Park in North Riverside Illinois a few blocks to the north of here
along the east side of Des Plaines Avenue.
 
I was a little tired of the flea market myself, and decided to break
away and take an exercise walk through the neighborhood.
 
Seen here in the rear parking lot of the local Bar Tini Lounge, is
what appears to be a circa 1968 vintage International Harvester
loadstar fire engine truck. Although I found out that the owner of
the Bar Tini Lounge owns this classic old fire truck, his bar tender
informed me that the owner wasn't there today, and had no further
information at this time.
 
More than likely, this old fire engine will be restored and used
for local parades and various civic events.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.