Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page!

 
Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

Recreating the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in H.O Scale.

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

Be sure to check out more railfan photos and videos at Eddie's Railfan Page # 2 @ Facebook.com

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad


An RTA EMD F 40PH commuter service diesel locomotive idling at Chicago's NorthWestern Station. January 1984.

 
 
I took this photograph during a bitterly cold winter day, way
back in January of 1984.
 
1984 was the year that today's Metra commuter rail service would
begin operations, prior to that...it was Chicago's RTA, that was
in charge beginning during the late 1970's.
 
An EMD F 40PH wearing the soon to be phased out 1970's era
Chicago RTA color scheme, idles at the locomotive servicing area
between runs, at the now demolished 1911 built Northwestern Station
in downtown Chicago. The commuter trains were being operated with
Chicago & NorthWestern locomotive crews at the time of this photo.
 
Today this facility, is the Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center.

Kiddieland Memories - Melrose Park, IL


A westbound Belt Railway of Chicago transfer train passing underneath the South Kedzie Avenue overpass bridge / aka "Nabisco Hill." Chicago Illinois. August 1987.

 
I took this photograph on a hot summer afternoon, way back in
August of 1987 on the southwest side of Chicago.
 
We are facing east from on top of the South Kedzie Avenue overpass
bridge adjacent to the huge Nabisco factory at approximately West
75th Street. A short red Belt Railway of Chicago steam era transfer -
caboose, brings up the rear of a slow moving BRC transfer train at the
border of Chicago's Wrightwood and Ashburn neighborhoods.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A long intermodal double stack container train entering the BNSF Railway's Corwith Yard via the south hump. Chicago Illinois. June 2007.


Diesel & Locomotives of St Louis San Francisco 1961 to 62


Afternoon switching activity at the Canadian National ex Illinois Central Crawford Yard. Chicago Illinois. May 2007.

 
Crawford Yard was closed by the Canadian National in 2011, and the
yard tracks were soon removed afterward.

Two Union Pacific Railroad diesel locomotives idling on the ready tracks at the M 19A Diesel Shop at sunset. Chicago Illinois. 2005.


Rock River Cannonball 2012


A westbound Amtrak long distance passenger train, passes through Galesburg Illinois at sunset. June 1998.


An eastbound Burlington Northern freight train approaching the Berwyn commuter rail station. Berwyn Illinois. July 1985.

 
I took this photograph from the south or "Eastbound" platform, at
the Berwyn Illinois Metra commuter rail station. It is a very hot 90
plus degrees  summer day in July of 1985.
 
An eastbound Burlington Northern Railroad freight train, is viewed
slowing down on approach, to the very nearby BN Clyde Yard to
the immediate east a few city blocks away, in neighboring west
suburban Cicero Illinois.
 
The lead locomotive, is a recently painted and delivered EMD model
GP 50 roadswitcher, in the orange and black Tiger stripe nose color
scheme, which was pretty unique to that Burlington Northern model
of EMD roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive during the 1980's.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eddie's Railfan Page opens a "New" branchline location @Facebook.com!

 
Hi everyone! This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at
Eddie's Railfan Page, with an important announcement for all!
 
Eddie's Railfan Page has been on the internet now since February
of 2006 @BlogSpot.com. My photo and discussion group page has
grown by leaps and bounds. Originally started as a straight train
photo page aimed at railfans...it quickly evolved in to a local Chicago
area special interest page with topics ranging from local Chicago
neighborhood photos, vintage Chicago photos, a feature for bus fans
and many many more items of fun and interest for all to enjoy.
 
To better facilitate this growth and expansion and to reach out
to a larger audience, Eddie's Railfan Page has now opened a
2nd branch location @Facebook.com. Now with easier uploading
of photos and videos, combined with a larger fan based audience,
you can now view Eddie's Railfan Page on Facebook as well.
 
If you have some train photos or comments that you would like
to share, you are more than welcomed to do so. Please keep
the input positive and friendly, as this is a family oriented page.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K
 
All A-Boooaaard!

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page!

 
Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

A 1950's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad switching local in H.O Scale.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers, H.O Scale
Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.  This group also has a  photo
page on Facebook known as OPSME.
 

Perspectives of R&GN 4-4-0 #98


The River Grove Metra commuter rail station around sunset. River Grove Illinois. Late June 2014.

 
I took this photograph after work one evening, back in late June of 2014.
 
One of my favorite local Chicago area commuter rail stations I enjoy
visiting with my camera in hand, is the Metra /  Milwaukee District
west line station at River Grove Illinois, which is located between
Elmwood Park on the east, and Franklin Park to the west. This is a
busy location on the Canadian Pacific ex Milwaukee Road mainline.

Chasing Elgin Joliet & Eastern SD38-2 # 660 from Mequon to Cedarburg, Wi...


The San Antonio Zoo Train. San Antonio Texas. June 2014.

 
My lovely wife Cheryl and I, went on a much deserved vacation
in June of this year, to the city of San Antonio Texas. We went
to many places in town, but unfortunately...I wasn't really able
to do much in the line of rail fanning. The San Antonio Zoo Train
helped me to fill that void.

Northern Pacific Railroad Alco RS 11 diesel electric roadswitcher locomotive # 907. Minneapolis Minnesota. October 23rd, 1969.

 
One of my all time favorite American railroads, had to be the Northern Pacific
Railroad. The Northern Pacific utilized a very stylish dark green / almost black
with gold and red highlights color scheme on their freight diesel locomotives.
 
This late 1960's era vintage photograph, is from my Link page Fallen Flags.Org
which is located to the right of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org

Friday, August 08, 2014

A new photo group page entitled "Bus Fan's Boulevard" begins operations on Facebook!

Hi everyone!

This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page, bringing to you an important announcement!

 

Due to the popularity of my occasional "Bus Day" posting features, I have started a "New" photo and discussion group page site on Facebook, for all the bus fans out there.

 

Bus Photos Boulevard, is a site dedicated to people who enjoy viewing photographs and video clips of buses. This is an open public group, and it is a very clean, fun family oriented web site featuring historic and contemporary photos of buses, and it also gives a chance for all the bus fans, and transit workers alike to swap comments and input.

 

If you have some photographs or short video clips that you would like to share at this "Free" family oriented page, or you would like to share a few stories or comments, feel free to hop onboard at your computer keyboard terminal.

 

Thanks.

Edward Kwiatkowski  (Eddie K.)


Thursday, August 07, 2014

A 1960's era American freight train being pulled by an ALCO model RS 27 demonstrator diesel electric locomotive.

 

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

 
 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Welcome aboard the "Bus Day" edition of Eddie's Railfan Page!


Interior photograph taken inside a Modern Thomas Built school bus. Whiting Indiana. July 2014.


An open double decker sightseeing bus. San Antonio Texas. June 2014.


A First Student International school bus heading south on Johns Drive. Glenview Illinois. July 2014.


Westbound Pace bus on Central Avenue. Wilmette IL. 5-11-2012.


Interior photograph taken inside a privately owned, preserved early 1970's era GMC fishbowl windshield San Francisco California suburban commuter bus


Piedmont Coach Lines GMC motorcoach #P7701.

 
Photo from my link page Northern California Bus Fans

Your host and photographer Eddie K driving an old 1950 General Motors transit bus. Photographed at the Midwest Transit Bus Museum in Cresthill Illinois. September 2000.

 
From 2000 until 2002, I was a member of a relatively unknown group
of Chicago area bus enthusiasts, known as The Midwest Transit Bus
Museum. This was a group of men, who had a collection of retired
vintage antique transit buses, which were stored in an industrial storage
lease lot at Route # 53 and Caton Farm Road in Cresthill Illinois. This
group was much like an antique auto club, for people who enjoyed buses.
 
Here I am at the museum's annual September 2000 "Member's Day" event.
Here I am driving (Under supervison) preserved West Towns Bus Company
1950 General Motors 40 foot transit bus # 776. This bus is operable,and
was being used for a number of local Chicago area civic parades and events.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Time to go and enjoy a fun lunchtime roller blading session at a local park!

 
Hi everyone!  This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here
at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
Aside from my obvious interests in trains and transportation subjects,
I am also an avid roller blader, and I enjoy an occasional chance or
two, to take in some fun outdoor inline roller blade skating sessions,
at a local Chicago area city park or two when I have the time to do so.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A 1970's and 80's era Santa Fe local freight train in H.O Scale.

 
This picture was photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
 
My Athean model of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad EMD Phase
#1 round cab model C F 7 light roadswitcher painted in the 1972 Santa Fe
"Yellow Bonnet" color scheme, pulls a string of 1970's era American freight
train cars through the town of Bellwood on the club layout.
 
The locomotive has been modified with a Soundtrax Tsunami sound decoder.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A view from above the clouds aboard an American Eagle jet plane enroute to San Antonio Texas. June 2014.

 
 
I took this photograph earlier this summer, enroute to my June 2014
summer vacation to the city of San Antonio Texas.
 
Seen here is an above the clouds view up in the sky, aboard an American
Eagle jet plane, during the final leg of our flight to San Antonio Texas.
 
During our flight and for much of that week, many states were experiencing
heavy frequent rain storms, and flooding conditions in some areas of the nation.
 
Chicago was especially hard hit that week, with heavy torrential rain storms.

Westbound BNSF Railway freight train. Riverside Illinois. Sunday, August 3rd, 2014.

 
I took this photograph yesterday morning, in west suburban Riverside
Illinois. A westbound BNSF Railway freight train, has just slowly -
passed the Harlem Avenue railroad crossing at the border of Berwyn
Illinois, and is now steadily gaining a little speed and momentum, as it
approaches downtown Riverside Illinois and points beyond.

Chehalis & Centralia RR #15 highballing a crossing


The Village of Harwood Heights water tower repaintng project coming along nicely. Monday, August 4th, 2014.

 
With much prepping, sanding and paint priming
work recently accomplished, the municipal water
tower / tank on North Oketo Avenue, is receiving
a nice fresh coat of light gray or white exterior paint.

Steam fantrip with B & O heavyweight cars.


Friday, August 01, 2014

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad caboose hop.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. June 2014.
 
The locomotive and caboose, are both Athearn models.

A Chicago Transit Autority blue line train traveling west / northwest through Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. 2007.


Your host and photographer Eddie K. Roller blading at Brooks Park in Chicago's Edison Park neighborhood. Friday, August 1st, 2014.



                               After a long morning sitting behind the steering wheel of my bus, It
                                was time to head out to a nice park, and do some laps on my inline
                                 roller blade skates. The weather was nice, and I headed out to a local
                               Chicago city park, known as Brooks Park in Chicago's Edison Park
                                neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago, near the city limits
                                border at neighboring northwest suburban Niles Illinois.

                                                                  Thanks.
                                                                Eddie K.

The Chicago, North Shore And Milwaukee electric interurban railroad logo.

 
Photographed at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois.
www.irm.org  The museum has several pieces of surving North
Shore line equipment in the collection. Many operating today.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A short Norfolk Southern local freight train approaching the crosstracks at Chicago's Brighton Junction. Chicago Illinois. September 2006.



                               Viewed heading northbound, and passing underneath the Chicago
                                Transit Authority orange line rapid transit line to Midway Airport,
                                 near the intersection of South Archer and Western Avenues.

The locomotive operator's cab on the miniature gasoline powered San Antonio Zoo Train. San Antonio Texas. June 2014.


What vacation trip to San Antonio Texas, would be complete without hot sauce? June 2014.

 
Photographed on display in a downtown San Antonio gift shop.

A northbound Metra local commuter train departing from the Glen of North Glenview station. Glenview Illinois. July 2014.

  

                                 I took this photograph one day last week during my lunch break.

                                 A northbound Metra / Milwaukee District north line train enroute
                                 Fox Lake Illinois, has began to ring the locomotive bell and rev up
                                 the engine, and is now slowly creeping out of the station.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Welcome aboard the "Bus Day" edition of Eddie's Railfan Page!


Whiting Indiana 2014 Pierogi Fest parking lot shuttle bus. Whiting Indiana. Saturday, July 26th, 2014.

 
This past Saturday, mu lovely wife Cheryl and I, ventured out to
nearby Whiting Indiana, for the city's annual Pierogi Fest.
 
This local ethnic "Taste Of" type of civic festival, featured many
food stands that were set up along west 119th Street in downtown
Whiting Indiana, that featured polish delicacies like Potato Pancakes,
Pierogis, Kielbasa, and other food favorites like Tacos, Pizza Slices
and Bar B Q Ribs.
 
These modern air conditioned Thomas built school buses from a local
public school district, provided shuttle transportation from the big -
parking lot on Calumet Avenue, to the city fair grounds on the street.

A nostalgic late 1800's look at the early days of public transportation in America.


A privately owned 1970's era former San Francisco California GMC commuter bus. The Midwest Transit Bus Museum. Cresthill Illinois. September 2000.


The locally popular Alamo Trolley sightseeing shuttle bus in downtown San Antonio Texas. June 2014.


CTA Buses


The Westin Hotels Ford airport shuttle mini bus at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. June 2014.


A foggy start one morning at the bus garage. Glenview Illinois. April 2014.



                              I took this photo at work one morning this past spring, in Glenview
                              Illinois. It was a typical rainy springtime morning in late April, with
                              heavy fog, steady rain, chilly outside temperatures in the upper 40's,
                               and plenty of local rain slicked streets to practice those all way too
                             important safe driving practices expected of us professional bus drivers.

                                                                Thanks.
                                                              Eddie K.

MTA Maryland - Baltimore Buses


Eastbound Pace commuter express bus on West 95th Street. Oak Lawn Illinois. March 2006.


Friday, July 25, 2014

1970's era American railroading in H.O Scale. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. June 2014.

 
I grew up in Chicago during the 1970's, and now I fondly model
in miniature, some of the trains and railroads I had come to know
on the near southwest side of Chicago as I remember them back
then as I had seen them in daily operation.
 
In a scene right out of the 1970's, a 40 foot box car from the former
Penn Central Railroad and a modern wide vision caboose from the
former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, are viewed bringing
up the rear of a typical 1970's era Santa Fe freight train in Chicago.
 
Photos and news stories from this local Chicago area model railroad club, can be found on Facebook at OPSME.