Saturday, March 28, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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.
A northbound CSX Transportation Company freight train, waits on a hold order at sunrise. Bridgeview Illinois. Wednsday, March 18th, 2015.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Warm springtime outdoor temperatures arrive at West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Wednsday, March 11th, 2015.
Prior to the 1880's, many American railroad steam locomotives, wore elaborate , colorful paint schemes with ornate brass trim.
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.
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.
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
A late 1960's / early 1970's era Illinois Central Railroad switching local, crossing the tall steel trestle.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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.
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Tuesday, March 03, 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.
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.
Sunday, March 01, 2015
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.