Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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


A BNSF Railway modern hi tech diesel locomotive, idles between assignments at the Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard. Bedford Park Illinois. December 2014.


A former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad Alco RS 1 diesel locomotive acquired through merger in 1972, leads an early 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf local freight train.


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

An early 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf freight train passes by.

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

The Boothbay Railway Village-July 6 and 10


A northbound CSX Transportation Company freight train, waits on a hold order at sunrise. Bridgeview Illinois. Wednsday, March 18th, 2015.

 
This train was traveling over the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad.
 

American railroad box cars from the 1950's and 60's era 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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Warm springtime outdoor temperatures arrive at West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Wednsday, March 11th, 2015.

 
Soon I will be roller blading here once again!

Prior to the 1880's, many American railroad steam locomotives, wore elaborate , colorful paint schemes with ornate brass trim.

 
This had vanished largely by the 1880's, as most railroads
had gotten away from individual locomotive engineers that
were assigned to their own and often customized engines.
 
Larger locomotives and cost effective basic black color
schemes had taken over before the 1800's were over.

In loving memory of Jimmy Greenspoon. 1948 -2015. The keyboardist for the 1970's top 40 / rock and roll music group Three Dog Night.


 
Hi everyone, this is Eddie K, your host and photographer
here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
Although transportation subjects are a large passion of mine, I
also enjoy looking back at some of the things I had grown up
with  during the 1960's and 70's.
 
One of my all time favorite music groups back in those
days, was a rock and roll hit factory band from the city
of Los Angeles California, known as "Three Dog Night."
 
I have been a life long fan of Three Dog Night, and I always
appreciated the superb keyboard skills of Jimmy Greenspoon.
Jimmy Greenspoon passed away this week, after a battle
with cancer. Although his keyboard is now silenced, his music
will play on in my CD collection anytime I am in the mood.
 
Thank you for those great keyboard riffs and arrangements
Jimmy. You and the other guys in Three Dog Night, will
always be an inspiration to me.
 
Rest in peace.
Eddie K.
Chicago Illinois.

An eastbound BNSF Railway double stack container train waiting on a hold order. Hodgkins Illinois. January 2015.


A short stack of hot and delicious late night pancakes after work. Huck Finn Donuts. 6650 South Pulaski Road. Chicago Illinois. December 2014.


A two train meet at Stocton.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A short two locomotive, three car Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad switching local returning to the IHB Argo Yard. Chicago Illinois. Saturday, February 28th, 2015.

 
Photographed slowly heading south, near the West 55th Street
railroad crossing near Chicago's Midway International Airport.

A late 1960's / early 1970's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad caboose hop.

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

A westbound transfer train passing Chicago Midway Airport property, on the Belt Railway of Chicago tracks. Chicago Illinois. Late February 2015.

 
I took this photograph at work recently, from the front windshield
of my 2012 Gillig 35 foot transit / shuttle bus I drive, at Chicago's
Midway International Airport.
 
I am employed, as a rental car shuttle bus driver, and the many
transfer trains that travel over the Belt Railway of Chicago, are
an everyday sight that this local Chicago railfan enjoys.
 
We are on the private road heading westbound toward the
Midway Rental Car Center, as a transfer train of then
unknown railroad origin, was passing by the Midway
Airport property, enroute to Clearing yard in Bedford
Park Illinois.

GNR Stirling Single No1 running on the Great Central in the early 1980's


Gauge 1 GNR Stirling Single


A late 1960's / early 1970's era Illinois Central Railroad switching local, 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.

Sierra Railroad #3


A 1950's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad switching local, enters the tunnel.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois, Circa 2014.
To see more photos from this club, search OPSME on Facebook.

An eastbound Union Pacific Railroad unit coal train, passing alongside West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Wednsday, March 11th, 2015.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page!

 
Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

Chasing the Flagg Coal 75 in Metamora 2010


Chicago South Shore Line in Michigan City, Indiana


A typical American steam locomotive from the mid 1800's era.

 
Locomotives built in America prior to 1900, have always held
a certain leval of fascination for me.  Engines built prior to the
1880's, were often painted in bright and elaborate color schemes.
 
Many of the early steam locomotives, burned wood for fuel. The
locomotive headlights burned oil or kerosene, boiler jackets were
polished and often featured a blue or green metallic finish, cabs
were made of wood, and an average engine weight of the time, was
a light 44 Tons. Locomotive and tender wheels, were often painted
in bright shades of red or sometimes maroon depending on the -
railroad. Some had black driving wheels early on.
 
The 1880's would find the railroads getting away from the elaborate
and costly to maintain fancy color schemes and ornamentation on
the steam locomotives. Basic black was more cost effective as well.
 
It was a colorful era indeed back then.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A former Burlington Northern Railroad covered hopper car. Hodgkins Illinois. December 2014.

 
Photographed near the East Avenue railroad crossing.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

A late 1960's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad freight train 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.

Sound in a reworked HO Bachmann Old Time 4 4 0


Two preserved Chicago, North Shore And Milwaukee Railroad electric interurban coaches waiting at the East Union depot. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois. May 2013.

                        
                                                 www.irm.org for more information.

San Francisco Trolleys


Westbound Metra local commuter train. Elmhurst Illinois. July 1989.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Wednsday night fun at the Lombard Roller Rink. Lombard Illinois. January 2015.

 
 
 
 
 

A short two locomotive, three car Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad switching local, approaches the West 55th Street railroad crossing near Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. Saturday, February 28th, 2015.

Returning to the nearby IHB Argo Yard in Summit Illinois.

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad freight train passing through Stocton.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. Feb 2015.
 
OPSME on Facebook.

BTO_ Bachman Turner Overdrive - Roll on down the highway ( Full Original...



Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.

I was born in Chicago during 1962, and I grew up listening to many really
cool rock and roll music acts during the classic rock era.

One of my all time 1970's era classic rock groups, was a rock and roll band
from Canada known as Bachman Turner Overdrive. Here is their big hit song
"Roll On Down The Highway", which is still one of my favorites today.

A BNSF Railway switching local at work. Hodgkins Illinois. Christmas Eve day, December 24th, 2014.


HSB - Winterdampf bei den Harzer Schmalspurbahnen - Winter Steam in the ...


A westbound Amtrak passenger train pasing through Brighton Junction. Chicago Illinois. April 1984.


The Chicago city skyline.

 
 
This is a photo print on display in the hallway, at
the Chicago Midway Airport, rental car center.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A spectacular winter morning sunrise. Burbank Illinois. January 2015.


Historic Spencer Steam Locomotive Repair Shops in Spencer North Carolina


An early 1970's era freight train from the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club.
Oak Park Illinois. February 2015.
 
OPSME on Facebook.

BNSF Railway switching local at work. Hodgkins Illinois. Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2014.


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Night time at the Kiddieland Amusement Park. Melrose Park Illinois. Circa 2007. (Closed in 2009. Gone.)

 
For many years especially during the 1950's and 60's, There
were once many small family owned seasonal amusement
parks with carnival rides, game booths and concession stands
in the greater Chicagoland area. Most of them had closed for
good before the end of the 1970's decade.
 
The Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park Illinois, was the
very last one of it's kind operating in the greater Chicagoland area,
and closed for good on Sunday, September 27th, 2009, after a long
and legal dispute between the various members of the family who
owned the amusement park, and the land it operated on.
 
Here in this photograph, we see the Tilt A Whirl ride, looking
west through the chain link fence, from the east parking lot.

Vintage MDC Hariman 2-8-0 runby.


Westbound Metra local commuter train stopping at the Park Ridge commuter rail station. Park Ridge Illinois. March 2008.