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.

W&W: Doodlebug to Hockessin!


Late day sunshine highlights the cars of an eastbound Canadian Pacific freight train. Elmwood Park Illinois. Sunday evening, September 14th, 2014.

 
I was taking a much deserved and very refreshing exercise walk
through Elmwood Park Illinois, when I stopped to take this photo.
 
It was getting near sunset, when this eastbound Canadian Pacific
Railroad freight train was photographed along the north side of
West Fullerton Avenue, between the North 73rd Avenue and
North Harlem Avenue railroad crossings.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Your host and photographer enjoying a fun outdoor roller blading exercise session at West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Sunday, September 7th, 2014.

 
Hi everyone! This is Eddie K, your host and photographer
here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
Aside from my interests in photography and Chicago area
train spotting, I am also an avid roller skater. I enjoy a nice
outdoor session at a local Chicago area city park or two, on
a paved path with my roller blade inline skates when the
weather is nice.

A former Chicago Surface Lines electric streetcar operating during the early years of the Chicago Transit Authority. Chicago Illinois circa 1950's era.

 
I found this vintage color photograph of a Chicago streetcar in
service during the early years of the Chicago Transit Authority,
on the internet today.
 
The Chicago Transit Authority was formed in 1945, but did not
begin operations until November 1st, 1947. Inheriting several
old pieces of transit equipment from the former Chicago Surface
Lines Company, and rapid transit antiquities from the former
Chicago Rapid Transit Company, it was definitely time to update
and modernize Chicago's old public transportation infrastructure
and equipment. Some equipment like former Chicago Surface lines
Pulman Standard Car Company built electric streetcar # 566 seen
here dating to 1908, were worn out mechanically and expensive
to operate and maintain. The CTA replaced electric streetcars with
cost effective motor buses during the 1950's.
 
The large green circular logo on the side of car # 566, indicates
that it is the early 1950's, and this car is working it's final years
in Chicago Transit Authority service.

Santa Fe and Rock Island two train meet.




This video was photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club located in Oak Park
Illinois.

This group also has a Facebook page known as OPSME.

A Kansas City Southern Railroad on an eastbound Union Pacific freight train. Des Plaines Illinois. Monday, April 7th, 2014.

 
I took this photograph one overcast morning this past spring.
 
I had just finished a lunchtime roller blading exercise session
at West Park in northwest suburban Des Plaines Illinois, when
I heard the sound of an approaching heavy freight train to the west,
on the former Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad freight only cut
off line, which passes along the north side of West Park.
 
This colorful and perhaps borrowed Kansas City Southern
Railroad General Electric diesel locomotive in the KCS
"Southern Belle Revival" color scheme, is viewed crossing
adjacent Wolf Road.
 
Big changes were in store for this old railroad crossing as
indicated by the bright orange safety pylon cone at the
base of the old crossing gate seen here. Approximately a
week or two later, these old crossing gates at Wolf Road,
were replaced by new crossing gates and crossing signals.

South Shore Railroad movies 1974-80


Atlantic Coast Line Railroad 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotive # 467 at Jacksonville Florida. July 1939. Photograph from the Harold Volrath Collection.

 
I found this classic steam era American railroad photograph
at my link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right
of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
 
During the steam era, the standard passenger service locomotive
found on many U.S and Canadian railroads, were locomotives of
the 4-6-2 wheel arrangement, which were known as Pacific types.
 
The former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad used plenty of these.

LOUIS JORDAN - CHOO CHOO CH' BOOGIE


An eastbound Canadian National freight train passing through North Riverside Illinois. April 2007.

 
 
I took this photograph one overcast springtime afternoon, back
In April of 2007. Although the sky indicates cloudy and gray,
the grass and foliage beg to differ. I was hanging out after work
relaxing at a lovely place known as Commons Park.
 
I was in the right place at the right time that day, when this slow
moving Canadian National freight train passed by along the north
edge of Commons Park, traveling over the former Illinois Central
Iowa Division Mainline.

Rock Island (The Rockets Defy Discontinuance)


Monday, September 08, 2014

SEPTA -- Friends of Phildelphia Trolleys -- Charter 9/18/2005


Remembering the early days of today's CSX Transportation Company. Bridgeview Illinois. 1986. (From the internet.)

 
One of North America's largest railroads operating today, is the mega
CSX Transportation Company. This railroad was created during the mid 1980's,
from the mergers of several railroads over several years.
 
This early CSX transfer freight train, is viewed traveling over the
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, during the year of 1986. The lead
locomotive is still wearing 1960's era Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
blue and yellow colors and markings, while the second unit is
wearing the 1972 Chessie System colors and markings from the
B & O's successor railroad.

SafeAuto Insurance Commercial Featuring MMA Star Clay Guida


Pennsylvania Railroad Alco model RS 27 diesel electric locomotive # 2407 from the 1960's era.

 
Although the American Locomotive Company went out of business
during the year of 1969, there were several last ditch efforts with
various new and more powerful diesel electric locomotives being
offered to America's railroads, in the years leading up to the old
company's eventual demise.
 
A very unique and powerful locomotive marketed by Alco, was the
utilitarian model RS 27 diesel electric roadswitcher used for freight
service. Pennsylvania Railroad was the primary owner of this type.
 
I have a discontinued Life Like Proto 2000 Series model of this
locomotive in H.O Scale, painted in Alco demonstrator colors.

Be sure to check out "North Side Chicago" on Facebook.com. A fun and interactive photo and discussion group page I also host.

 
Hi everyone!  This is Eddie K, your host and photographer
here at Eddie's Railfan Page, on the internet since 2006.
 
In recent months, I felt that it was time to branch out and
expand my opportunities, to reach out to several "Non"
railfans who have also been loyal and regular viewers of
Eddie's Railfan Page, who enjoy my Chicago area photos
and other special interest photos and features I incorporate.
 
For the viewers out there who are either from Chicago or
grew up on the north side of the city, or perhaps the northern
suburbs, be sure to visit my "New" Facebook photo and
discussion group page entitled "North Side Chicago."
 
Thanks You.
Eddie K.

Masters Of The Mainline - U.K Steam Review - 2013


Andy's Frozen Custard Drive In on South Harlem Avenue. Burbank Illinois. Opened in 2014.

 
For all the fans of American roadside culture, primarily classic
drive in restaurants, a new one reviving the old architectural -
style of 1950's and 60's era, opened recently in the southwest
Chicago suburb of Burbank Illinois in 2014.
 
Located along the east side of South Harlem Avenue, just south
of the intersection at West 79th Street, is the very retro and neon
decorated Andy's Frozen Custard drive in.
 
Wether you choose to enjoy your soft serve refreshments indoors
or out, this looks like a fun place to visit. Classic roadside revival.

The Southern Pacific Railroad's famous "Daylight" passenger train color scheme.

 
One classic and very popular North American railroad passenger
train color scheme from pre Amtrak times that has always held a
fascination for me and many other railfans, was the very stylish
and unique 'Daylight" red, orange and black color scheme from the
former Southern Pacific Railroad. Used beginning during the late
1930's until the mid 1950's, this color scheme was a real attention
getter, and a traveling public favorite amongst many west coast -
passenger train travelers decades ago.
 
This color scheme, was applied to the S.P's premier deluxe flagship
passenger trains such as "The Coast Daylight, The Shasta Daylight,
The San Joaquian Daylight, as well as a handful of older passenger
train cars assigned to secondary connecting passenger trains.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page!

 
Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

Chicago Transit Authority mid 1940's era streamlined Pulman Standard Car Company "Green Hornet" PCC electric streetcar. Photographed in 1950 working the CTA Route # 22 Clark / wentworth line.


Grand Trunk Western Railroad 2-8-0 steam locomotive # 2668 pulling a mixed train. Grand Haven Michigan. 1947.


It's roller blading time at West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. September 2014.


Southbound Norfolk Southern Railroad Triple Crown Roadrailer train. Des Plaines Illinois. Wednsday, September 3rd, 2014.

 
I took this photograph during my lunch break this morning.
 
A fast moving Norfolk Southern Railroad Triple Crown service
lightweight roadrailer train, is viewed crossing Wolf Road in
Des Plaines Illinois. This train is traveling south / southwest  on
the Union Pacific Railroad's former Chicago & NorthWestern R R
freight only bypass line.

Pennsylvania Railroad K4s Class 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotive # 1551. Youngstown Ohio. September 3rd, 1939.



One of the best known steam locomotives of all time, was the famous and powerful K4s Class
4-6-2 passenger service Pacific type steam locomotives from the former Pennsylvania Railroad.

PRR locomotive # 1551, is shown here at Youngstown Ohio on September 3rd, 1939. The PRR
K 4s Class steam locomotives, lasted in service until 1957, when they were retired and replaced
by diesel locomotives. Luckilly, two of these locomotives have made it to preservation today.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

An eastbound Chicago, South Shore And South Bend Railroad local interurban commuter train. Michigan City Indiana. August 1984.


Pennsylvania Trolley Museum VOD


Recently restored Stasburg Railroad ex Canadian National 2 - 6 -0 steam locomotive # 89 departing the East Strasburg depot. Stasburg Pennsylvania. August 1990.

 
I took this photograph during my August 1990 vacation to Strasburg
Pennsylvania. I had heard about lovely Strasburg PA and the popular
steam powered Strasburg Railroad for many years, and finally got to
visit the place firsthand. It was very nice and worth the trip.
 
I was actually hoping to see the Strasburg Railroad's  2 vintage -
Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives in operation, but thin
worn out metal firebox sheets too dangerous to continue operation,
and too expensive to repair at the time, retired the two PRR steamers
to the adjacent Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. They were both
on display, complete with working Strasburg Railroad soot and grime.
 
After many years out of service, Canadian National 2-6-0 # 89, was
mechanically restored, and now in full time Strasburg Railroad service.

A westbound Burlington Northern / Metra local commuter train arriving at the Harlem Avenue station. Berwyn Illinois. April 1988.


Full Steam Ahead at the Illinois Railway Museum


A slow moving westbound Canadian Pacific freight train blocking North 25th Avenue. Franklin Park Illinois. June 2007.


Another hot summer season comes to a close in the greater Chicagoland area.

 
Well everyone, It's that time of the year once again here in the
greater Chicagoland area. Labor day weekend has arrived.
 
Local public, private and charter schools are back in session,
backyard barbeques and parties are in full swing this weekend,
and the local public swimming pools and beaches

Monday, August 25, 2014

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


BC Electric 1947 Canadian Car Brill T-44 Trolleybus - 2040


An interesting size comparison of buses on South Canal Street. Chicago Illinois. January 2007.


A Pace bus heads east on North Avenue at night. River Forest Illinois. January 2007.

 
 
I took this photograph after work one night, back in January of 2007.
 
A pace bus in the 2005 blue color scheme, is viewed heading eastbound
on North Avenue near the intersection of Thatcher Avenue, in northwest
suburban River Forest Illinois. Notice that the Pace markings are actually
reflective for safety and visibility purposes.

Dublin Buses Dublin Ireland


A foggy and rainy morning at the bus garage. Glenview Illinois. April 2014.

 
I took this photograph at work one morning this past Spring.
 
With cold damp rain, heavy fog and slippery pavement, it would
be an interesting work day ahead for myself and my fellow
paratransit bus operators. However...safety is always # 1 for us.

Preserved Chicago Transit Authority maintenance work bus BW 47. The Midwest Transit Bus Museum. Cresthill Illinois. September 2000.

 
 
From 1999 until 2001, I was employed as a delivery truck driver
for a small company based in Romeoville Illinois. Located about
2 miles south of my company on Route # 53 and Caton Farm Road
in the neighboring town of Cresthill  Illinois not far from the
city of Joliet, was a small relatively unknown museum known as
The Midwest Transit Bus Museum.
 
Located inside a fenced and secured industrial storage rental yard
used primarily for truck trailers, this museum featured a collection
of privately owned retired vintage city transit buses. Some were
operational, while others that were rescued from Junk yards, often
were not, and would wind up in use as museum storage sheds.
 
One of the operational buses in the museum collection, was retired
Chicago Transit Authority work bus # BW 47. This bus was an ealy
1950's era General Motors bus, that was ordered and delivered to the
former Chicago Motor Coach Company. After the Chicago Transit
Authority purchased the Chicago Motor Coach Company in 1952, this
transit bus operated in CTA service, until the early 1970's. It was then
removed from daily service, and demoted to a non revenue maintenance
Work Bus, were it operated until the 1980's.
 
The Midwest Transit Bus Museum, was like an Antique Car Club
for people who were in to buses.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

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.)