Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Season's Greetings everyone, from Eddie's Railfan Page! Happy Holidays to all from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!


An eastbound Chicago Transit Authority green line train at sunset. Chicago Illinois. November 2006.

 
Photographed near West Lake Street and North Kenton Avenue
on the west side of Chicago Illinois.

A hot cup of coffee helps to pass the time on a hold order at Brighton Junction. Chicago Illinois. January 1988.


A westbound Metra local commuter train, departing the Hanson Park station at sunset. Chicago Illinois. December 2006.


Westbound Belt Railway of Chicago 1960's era Alco C425 diesel locomotives running light through Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois. January 1987.


Amtrak & NJ Transit Kick Up Snow at Hamilton!! 1/3/14


A westbound Metra local commuter train arrives at the Riverside Illinois station. October 1998.


The Choo Choo Express indoor children's train ride. Photographed at the Westfield, Chicago Ridge Mall. Chicago Ridge Illinois. December 2006.


Winter Steam on the Sumpter Valley Railroad


Northern Pacific Railroad 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotive # 2177. Dilworth Washington. December 28th, 1939. Gary Everhart collection.

 
I found this classic American steam era locomotive photograph,
at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right
of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
 
The Northern Pacific Railroad, which is one of the predescessor
railroads that make up today's might BNSF Railway, was a late
user of steam locomotives. Operating them in to the mid 1950's
in daily revenue operations, and in to the late 1950's on steam
powered mainline fantrip chartered excursion trains.
 
Locomotive # 2177 shown here, was a passenger service engine,
and more than likely, brought many families and relatives on
Christmas holiday visits, to friends and relatives houses from
Minnesota, to the Pacific northwest states.

Cannonball Christmas (1963) Carols in Petticoat Junction


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An eastbound CSX Transportation Company freight train, passes through Western Springs Illinois at sunset. September 2006.

 
Traveling over the BNSF Railway.

Looking south on Main Street near sunset. Memphis Tennesee. September 2007.


The Chicago Transit Authority's orange line terminal and yard at Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. june 2008.

 
The balloon track on the north end of the yard, along the south
side of West 55th Street.

Stopped by a Canadian Pacific freight train on West Lake Avenue. Glenview Illinois. Early March 2008.


A westbound Canadian National freight train with former Illinois Central locomotives up front, passing through Hawthorne Junction. Chicago / Cicero Illinois. June 2007.


A Chicago bound Amtrak passenger train, passing through west suburban Cicero Illinois. September 2007.


A 1960's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad freight train crossing the Missisippi River.

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

An eastbound Canadian National local freight train, passing through North Riverside Illinois. December 2007.


Friday, December 12, 2014

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


Lionel and MTH O27 Gauge trains operating on the old demonstration layout, at the Berwyn's Toy Trains and Models Hobby Shop. Berwyn Illinois. June 2007.


The Old South Shore (America's Last Classic Interurban Railway)


A green block signal at night on the Norfolk Southern ex Wabash Railroad mainline. Oak Lawn Illinois. September 2006.

 
I took this night time railroad photo in Oak Lawn
Illinois, back in September of 2006.
 
We are facing east / northeast near South Central
Avenue. There was no train activity at the time,
but the green block signal looked nice against the
nocturnal setting anyway.

Eastbound BNSF Freight whith 8 engines. Riverside IL. Aug 2012.


Fellow club member Henry Kranz's 1950's era Rock Island / General Motors Aerotrain arriving at the Stocton depot.

 
I took this photograph this past Wednsday evening, at the Oak Park
Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak
Park Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
 
One of the more unique streamlined passenger trains of the past, that
once roamed the rails of the greater Chicagoland area, were the light
weight General Motors built Aerotrain streamliners built in the 1950's.
 
The former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, used these light
weight streamlined passenger trains, in Chicago to Joliet commuter -
train service, until the mid 1960's. Two partial sets of the prototype -
have been preserved. One is at the National Railroad Museum in -
Green Bay Wisconsin, while the other is at the National Museum of
Transport on Kirkwood Missouri.
 
Thanks Henry.
 
Eddie K

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad EMS SW1500 yard switcher # 1507 switching at East Chicago Indiana. October 11th, 2008. Mike Rapchack Jr photograph.


The historic Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive # 119 operating replica. The Golden Spike National Historic Site. Prmontory Utah.


CTA BLUE LINE 5 50 CARS


A Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad freight train passing through Joliet Union Station. Joliet Illinois. july 1966.


HD- Lahaina, Kaanapali, & Pacific Railroad: Maui, Hawaii: 1/13/12


An old 1991 photograph, of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad EMD GP 60M wide cab diesel electric locomotive, in the silver and red warbonnet revival color scheme.


a Chicago Transit Authority Route # 20 / Madison Street electric streetcar near the intersection at West Madison Street and Pulaski Road, in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood. Chicago Illinois. 1949.

 
The Chicago Transit Authority, converted the Route # 20 /
Madison Street line, to diesel and propane bus operation in 1953.

Monday, December 08, 2014

A late 1950's / early 1960's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad switching local, enters the rear staging yard.

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

Central Pacific #60, The Jupiter


Grand Trunk Western 0-8-0 steam switcher locomotive # 8346. Chicago Illinois. 10-29-1949. Dennis Schmidt photograph.

 
I found this photograph at my Link page Fallen Flags,Org,
which is located to the right of your computer screen at -
 
The steam era was winding down in America during the
1940's and 50's era, as diesel locomotives were replacing
the old coal and oil burning steam locomotives. The GTW,
was a late user of steam locomotives, retirning their last ones,
during the early 1960's.
 
Steam switcher locomotive # 8346, was photographed more
than likely, at the Grand Trunk Western's Elsdon Yard near
West 51st Street, on the southwest side of Chicago.
 

Johnny Cash - Southwind


A slow moving westbound BNSF Railway transfer train, passing through Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois. Friday, November 21st, 2014.

 
In late November of this year, I had the opportunity one day, to
visit one of my favorite railfan haunts I went to a lot during the
1980's. Yes, good old Hayford Junction at West 75th Street and
South St. Louis Avenue, in Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood.
 
I got there just in time, to photograph this slow moving BNSF
Railway transfer train, passing through the former Grand Trunk
Western Railroad crosstracks, and entering in to the nearby Belt
Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard facility.

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad -General Electric U 28B diesel electric locomotive # 140. April 1968. Dave Gross photograph.

 
I found this historic late 1960's era railroad photograph, at my
Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your
computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
 
One of my all time favorite railroad color schemes I grew up with
in Chicago when I was a kid during the late 1960's and early 70's,
was the classic red and gray color scheme used by BNSF Railway
predecessor Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. This color -
scheme was gradually phased out, in the wake of the March 2nd
1970 merger of the C,B & Q -The Great Northern -The Northern
Pacific and the Spokane, Portland & Seatle Railroads, that created
the Burlington Northern Railroad. (1970 -1996.)

Friday, December 05, 2014

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

 
Your host and photographer Eddie K, at his new job, driving
the big buses at Chicago's Midway Airport.

First Transit 2012 Gillig 35 foot transit bus. Photographed at the Chicago Midway Airport car rental center. December 2014.


Chicago Transit Authority former Chicago Motor Coach Company General Moters transit bus # 691. Photographed at the intersection of West Lawrence and Kimball Avenues, in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Chicago Illinois. August 20th, 1970.

 
I found this old Chicago Transit Authority bus photograph at
My Link Page "Tom's Trolleybus Pictures", which is located
to the right of your computer screen at www.trolleybuses.net.

The SilverLine (Trolleybus) of Boston, USA


A southbound Chicago Transit Authority Route # 11 / Lincoln Avenue bus. Chicago Illinois. April 2007.

                              
                               Photographed heading south / southeast, at the intersection of
                               North Lincoln and West Montrose Avenues.

A Milwaukee County Transit District bus. Milwaukee Wisconsin. May 2000.


Chicago Transit Authority buses heading southbound on State Street, in downtown Chicago. Chicago Illinois. September 2006.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page!


A westbound Metra local commuter train. Elmwood Park Illinois. Late November 2014.

 
Photographed at the North 73rd Avenue railroad crossing.

A former Grand Trunk Western Railroad Hi Cube box car being humped, at the Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard facility. Bedford Park Illinois. November 2014.


An eastbound Canadian National freight train, with leased second hand locomotives up front. North Riverside Illinois. November 2014.

 
Traveling east / southeast, over the former Illinois Central
Railroad's, Iowa Division Mainline.

An early Amtrak photograph. Cleburne Texas. June 24th, 1973. Bill Phillips photograph.


An old mid 1950's era photograph, taken on North Clark Street. Chicago Illinois.


T1 Video Memories of Pennsy Steam


An Alco RS 27 demonstrator diesel electric locomotive, pulls a 1960's era Oak River Railroad freight train across 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.

Canadian National diesel locomotives, on the former GTW interchange connection at Hayford junction. Chicago Illinois. Friday, November 21st, 2014.

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Located at West 75th Street and South Central Park Avenue in -
Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood, on the southwest side of Chicago.