Thursday, April 17, 2014

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


A Freightliner / Thomas Built school bus. Summit Illinois. March 2014.


The amphibious "Seal"sightseeing vehicle. San Diego California. June 2013.


New Orleans Public Service Company GM bus heading west on Canal Street. New Orleans Louisiana. Late 1970's?.



I spotted this photograph from the city of New Orleans Louisiana USA, at my link page
Northern California Bus Fans.Com located to the right of your computer screen at www.norcalbusfans.com

A typical scene out of any North American city during the 1960's and 70's era, usually
featured a General Motors TDH Series fishbowl windshield "New Look" transit bus.

This photograph was taken in downtown New Orleans, facing east toward the Missisippi River on Canal Street. I visited New Orleans twice during the late 1970's, on vacation during Mardi Gras.

Thanks.
Eddie K.

First Transit's old Ford paratransit training bus. Glenview Illinois. November 2013.

 
This bus originally worked for Laidlaw Transportation Company.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad local freight train exits the tunnel.

 
I took this photograph recently, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers
H,O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
 
A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad local freight train being
led by an Athearn model of a Santa Fe EMD  (Rebuilt.) Model C F 7
roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive, is viewed exiting the tunnel on
the club layout at the town of Stocton.
 
The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers, meets on Wednsday nights in
the basement of the Oak Park Public Library's Dole Learning Center
building located at 255 Augusta Street, from 7 to 9 PM. This is a fun
and very family friendly model railroad club in Chicago's western suburbs.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A classic 1960's era Chevrolet Belair parked on West George Street. Elmwood Park Illinois. April 2014.


Lunchtime roller blading fun at West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Monday, April 7th, 2014.

 
Hi everyone!
 
This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
A fun outdoor activity I sometimes enjoy doing during my morning lunch break, is
outdoor inline skating on my roller blades at a local Chicago area city park or two.
 
A great place to enjoy roller blading, is a place in northwest suburban Des Plaines
Illinois known as West Park. This lovely and very family friendly park, is located
along the east side of Wolf Road between Golf Road (IL Rt # 58) and West
Dempster Street in the town of Des Plaines.
 
Here I am having a great time, skating along the park's well maintained asphalt track.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.
 

A 1970's era Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad freight train exits the tunnel.



I took this photograph recently, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model  Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.

A 1970's era Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad freight train powered by a Walter's
Trainline Series EMD GP 15 light diesel electric roadswitcher locomotive, exits the
tunnel at the town of Stocton on the club layout.

An eastbound Metra local commuter train arrives at Elmwood Park Illinois. Late March 2014.

 
I took this photograph while I was out enjoying an afternoon walk recently.
 
An eastbound Metra commuter train enroute to Chicago Union Station from
Elgin Illinois, is viewed arriving at the Elmwood Park Metra commuter rail
station on a lovely and mild day during the early Springtime season of 2014.

Friday, April 11, 2014

An extremely unlikely two train meet from different eras in H.O Scale.

 
Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, Your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
One of the coolest things that you will ever see at any given session of a model railroad club's operating night sessions, are the chance that you will see an impossible by today's standards, two train meets with equipment from current or long since lost railroads, that were in use several decades apart. Wow!
 
My good friend and fellow club member Martin Faland of the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club, was operating his 1940's era New York Central Railroad "S' Class 4-8-4 Niagra steam locomotive manufactured by MTH. His train is viewed meeting my 1970's era Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad grain extra freight train, at the Missisippi River lift bridge, at the modeled Illinois /  Iowa state line border.
 
Unfortunately...the huge and powerful New York Central Niagra steam locomotives, were all cut up for scrap by the mid 1950's. The Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad was acquired through merger by the Union Pacific during the mid 1990's as well.
 
This is a nice photo of a "What If" situation that you won't see on any railroad today.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Two freight trains meet on the urban viaduct. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

 
Two modern 1970's and 80's era freight trains from the former Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad (Left) and the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, meet and pass each other on top of the urban viaduct scene, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club.

A 1950's and 60's era Illinois Central Railroad caboose hop. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

 
A sight many local Chicago area railfan's had grown up with on the south and near southwest side of Chicago during the 1950's and 60's era, were the many switching locals operated by the Illinois Central Railroad.
 
My train shown here, is made up of an older 1990's era Life Like Proto 2000 Series model
of an Illinois Central Railroad EMD SW 900 yard switcher diesel electric locomotive, painted
in the Illinois Central's pre 1967 black and white color scheme with the green diamond logo on the sides of the locomotive cab. The caboose is a 1940's era steel Illinois Central side door cupola caboose, also painted in the Illinois Central's pre 1967 solid red caboose color scheme.
 
During 1967, the Illinois Central had switched to a modernized and very striking at first orange
and white color scheme on their locomotives, with black lettering and a "New" I.C "Split Rail" corporate logo. Their cabooses also received a new modernized solid orange color scheme, split rail corporate logo, and the slogan "Mainline of Mid America."
 
My train represents an Illinois Central Railroad caboose hop or switching local, as they looked prior to 1967.
 
Thanks.
Eddie k.

Eddie's freight train arrives in the rear staging yard at the end of the Wednsday night session.

 
I took this photograph Wednsday night this week, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
 
It's just after 9:00 PM, and the groups Wednsday night operating session has once again come to a close. I was operating a 1970's era Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad grain extra freight train, consisting of mostly covered hopper cars. I had just pulled my train in to the rear staging yard, and took this photograph of my Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad bay window caboose, prior to me removing my equipment, packing it back in to their proper individual boxes, and heading for home at the end of it all.
 
It was a fun session once again.
 
Goodnight everyone. See you soon again.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Kansas City Southern Railroad diesel locomotive aboard a Union Pacific freight train. Des Plaines Illinois. Monday, April 7th, 2014.

 
Hi everyone! Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page, from the city of
Chicago Illinois USA.
 
I took this photograph Monday morning this week, during my lunch break.
 
I was enjoying a good outdoor roller blading inline skate session at West Park
in northwest suburban Des Plaines Illinois, when I stopped to photograph
this eastbound Union Pacific Railroad transfer train crossing Wolf Road.
 
A borrowed Kansas City Southern Railroad locomotive, is viewed assisting the
assigned Union Pacific motive power on this heavy freight train passing through.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A local sewer maintenance contractor visits the First Transit North Cook garage facility. Glenview Illinois. Early April 2014.

 
I took this photograph at work one day last week.  A Peterbilt sewer maintenance vacuim suction truck, is viewed parked by the rear mechanic's garage.
 
It's easy to tell when contractors like these visit our garage, as the air becomes very "Pungent"
with the odor of heavy sewage build up being cleared from our drainage system. Yuck! P-U!

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL - The Knights Who Say Ni Clip



One of my all time favorite Brittish comedy motion pictures I enjoy viewing to this day,
was the 1975 epic classic" Monty Python and the Holy Grail", which starred the cast
from the Brittish television comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus.

My family and I went to see this at the Ford City movie theatres in Chicago when it was
released in 1975, when I was 13 years old.  Unfortunately...My folks "HATED" it, and
did nothing but complain about it on the entire car ride home that evening. They thought
that the movie was entirely silly and stupid.   (Too bad. It's their loss.)

I actually liked "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". My favorite scene in the movie, has
definitely got to be "The Knights who say "NI" segment". This part still makes me laugh
today, as it did back in 1975.

Thanks.
Eddie K.

An Athearn H.O Scale model of a Canadian Pacific Railroad 40 fot grain service box car.

 
A recent addition to my personal collection of H.O Scale model railroad rolling stock, is
this recently purchased inexpensive Athearn model of a 1970's era grain service 40 foot
box car, decorated in the Canadian Pacific Railroad's bright red 1970's era color scheme
with the CP "Multi Mark" logo, that somewhat resembles the popular 1980's Atari video
game character "Pac Man." Some railfans often refer to this popular CP Rail corporate
logo...as the "Pac Man logo."
 
I was in a sort of a Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad mood last night, and brought a
Chicago & NorthWestern H.O Scale grain train consisting of mostly covered hoper cars,
and my Walter's trainline Series Chicago & Northwestern Railroad EMD GP 15 up front,
and a classic C & N,W bay window caboose bringing up the rear of it all as it was on the
old Chicago & NorthWestern during the 1970's and 80's.
 
My Canadian Pacific 40 foot grain service box car, is photographed on the tall steel trestle,
coupled next to my Athearn Union Pacific Railroad version of the same model.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

UK mainline steam charter trains during June and July 2013


The Elmwood Park Illinois Metra commuter rail station. Late March 2014.

 
I took this photograph while out enjoying an afternoon walk recently.
 
Seen here near West Grand and North 75th Avenues in near northwest
suburban Elmwood Park Illinois, is the Metra Elmwood Park station.
 
For all of my fellow Chicago area railfan photographers, this can  be
a very busy location at times, with three mainline tracks. The
traffic varies with numerous transfer trains from the host railroad
Canadian Pacific, Norfolk Southern, Canadian National, as well
as a number of local and express Metra commuter trains here
operating over the Metra Milwaukee District mainline to Elgin
Illinois, on this former Milwaukee Road mainline.

An MTH H.O Scale model of a New York Central Railroad 4-8-4 Niagra class steam locomotive at speed on the mainline.

 
I took this unique steam locomotive pacing photograph last night, at the Oak Park
Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
 
My good friend and fellow club member Martin Faland, was recreating some of
the mainline glory of North American steam locomotive railroading, as it was at
least a good 60 to 70 years ago before the big railroads were bit by the modern
dieselization bug after World War 2 had ended in the United States and Canada.
 
A unique northeastern United States region "Icon" from the late steam era, were
the trusty and powerful coal burning "S" Class 4-8-4 Niagra steam locomotives
that were owned and operated by the New York Central Railroad.
 
Although "New" diesel electric locomotives were taking a good foothold in everyday
railroading, the early models were prone to breakdowns on the road, and sometimes
had to be assisted by the soon to be quickly outdated steam locomotives.
 
The New York Central office management was "Bent" on dieselization by the mid 1940's, and wanted nothing more than to retire their remaining steam locomotives. The NYC 4-8-4 -
Niagras were excellent and very powerful machines, and in some cases were actually
better than some of the newer models of diesel electric locomotives from this era. These
big engines were dual service machines, that were comfortable mechanically hauling heavy
freight trains, or fast long distance passenger trains.
 
Although the New York Central actually preserved very little of their steam locomotives
for display or historic preservation, sadly...none of the NYC Niagras were spared
the scrap yard cutting torch at the end of the steam era.
 
MTH has done a very nice job of preserving the large "S' Clas NYC Niagra steam
locomotives from the 1940's era, and this photograph can give one an idea of how
these majestic and powerful machines must have been like to witness working at
speed on the mainline with a fast train in tow.
 
Thanks Martin.
Eddie K.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Your host and photographer Eddie K enjoying a lunchtime outdoor roller blading session at West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Monday, April 7th, 014.

 
Yaaa-aaaay! Woo Hoo!  The snow and ice of Chicago's extended Polar Vortex winter of 2014
have finally melted. Springtime is once again upon the greater Chicagoland area, and now
it's time for some long overdue (and healthy) outdoor exercise fun activities.
 
One of my favorite activities I enjoy doing, is visiting some of the local Chicago area city parks,
and spending time roller blading on most any available skate or exercise path. It is a good heart
healthy workout, and I often feel like a "Million Bucks" after I do this. Most of my working time
is spent behind the steering wheel of the bus I drive in traffic.
 
Exercise does make a difference!
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

An eastbound Union Pacific transfer train crossing Wolf Road adjacent to West Park. Des Plaines Illinois. Monday, April 7th, 2014.

 
I spent part of my morning lunch break yesterday roller blading at West Park in northwest suburban Des Plaines Illinois. I had a good 5 lap workout on the park's well maintained asphalt exercise path, and actually had the opportunity to do a little lineside railfaning with my digital camera in hand.
 
I had just finished my outdoor exercise roller blading workout, and had just put my roller blades and safety skating gear away in my car's trunk, when I heard the approaching sound of reving diesel locomotive engines working under load conditions, a locomotive air horn and bell, ad the ringing of the crossing signals at adjacent Wolf Road.
 
This heavy Union Pacific Railroad unit grain train, is viewed traveling over the former Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad freight only cut off line.
 

A Santa Fe auto parts train enter the tunnel.



An Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad auto parts train made up of a Athearn Santa Fe EMD GP 35 roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive wearing Santa Fe's blue and yellow "Billboard" or
"Book Ends" color scheme used from 1960 to 1972 and six Pulman Standard 60 foot box cars, heads
In to the tunnel at The Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in
Oak Park Illinois.  March 2014.

A compact 3 wheel tight manuevering snowplow tractor with a enclosed cab. Chicago Illinois. April 2014.

 
Well folks, Chicago's notorious extended polar vortex winter of 2014 has finally
come to a close. Chicago is now finally entering the much welcomed springtime
season once again. A few pieces of the equipment used during the recent winter
struggle, are now parked for the season at various locations around the windy city.
 
I spotted this well used ad unique compact 3 wheeled snow plow tractor with a much
appreciated enclosed cab, along North Harlem Avenue near West Addison Street, In the 
driveway of a local muffler and auto repair shop.
 
When I was attending Chicago's Curie High School on the southwest side of the city
from 1977 to 1981, I seem to recall that the school's maintenance crew had a similar
red enclosed cab compact three wheel snowplow tractor like this, and I remember
that it got a real "Work Out" during Chicago's infamous blizzard of 1979.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Maintenance workers turning off the water at the end of the season, at the man made waterfall on North River Road. Rosemont Illinois. November 2013.

A northbound Norfolk Southern / Canadian Pacific transfer train passing through the Morton Grove Illinois Metra commuter rail station on a bitterly cold winter day. December 2013.

A local construction contractor heads to a work site on a rainy autum day. Niles Illinois. November 2013.

Central Illinois Railroad. Chicago IL. Oct 2008.

An Athearn model of a 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad EMD CF 7 roadswitcher, pulls a freight train across the tall steel trestle. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. 2-8-2 Baldwin 70-ton Steam Locomotive, rail...

A Glenview Illinois Department of Public Works tractor operator blowing snow off a walking path after a heavy snowstorm. Glenview Illinois. February 2014.

Southbound Union Pacific Railroad transfer train. Bridgeview Illinois. February 2014.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Seaboard Air Line Railroad EMD NW 2 yard switcher # 1409. Baldwin Florida, September 6th, 1967. Frank Brunot photograph.



I found this photograph at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org

Railfan photographer Frank Brunot photographed Seaboard Air Line Railroad EMD NW 2 yard switcher diesel electric locomotive # 1409 on location at Baldwin Florida in September of 1967.
Although the S.A.L had already switched to an olive green and yellow paint scheme, locomotive # 1409 shown here, is still wearing it's original as delivered black and red color scheme.

During 1967, the Seaboard Air Line and the Atlantic Coast Line railroads had merged, and would become the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Today after many years and many mergers later, this railroad is part of today's huge CSX Transportation Company railroad.

A 1970's era ICG auto parts train crossing the high steel trestle.



I photographed this digital video recently, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale
Model Railroad Club, located at 255 Augusta Street in Oak Park Illinois. This friendly club meets in the basement of the Oak Park Public Library's Dole Learning Center building for their weekly operating session from 7 to 9 pm on Wednsday nights. Visitors are welcome to stop in to look.

The early days of the 1972 merger of the Illinois Central and the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio railroads, are being recreated here in this video shot on the club layout. In a scene out of the early 1970's era, a former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad diesel locomotive acquired through merger, pulls an early merger era Illinois Central Gulf Railroad auto parts train across the tall steel trestle.

Cuyahoga Valley Railroad EMD SW 1200 yard switcher # 200 in American Bi Centenial colors. Cleveland Ohio.

 
I found this photograph at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org.
 
I was 14 years old during the year of 1976 when America was heavily celebrating the 200th anniversary of the official signing of the Declaration of Independence (From England) on July 4th, 1776 in the city of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, during the American Revolutionary War.
 
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of what many consider the United States becoming an independent democracy nation, many transportation companies across the nation from railroads, trucking companies, and public transportation entities, painted equipment in many unique one of a kind commemorative paint jobs celebrating America's freedom from the beginning of it all.
 
Switching a steel mill somewhere in Cleveland Ohio, is Cuyahoga Valley Railroad EMD SW 1200 yard switcher diesel electric locomotive # 200, wearing one of those many unique one of a kind commemorative patriotic American paint jobs from the mid 1970's era.
 
I grew up in Chicago during the 1970's, and I fondly remember the American Bicentenial period from 1976 times, and the preparations leading up to it as early as 1974 in some places.


Thanks.
Eddie K.

C.W. McCall - The Silverton



This little musical interlude, is going out to all the fans of Colorado narrow gauge
railroading. The song here entitled "The Silverton" is about the former Denver & Rio
Grande Western Railroad's 3 foot narrow gauge steam powered Silverton Train, which travels between Durango and Silverton Colorado through the scenic Rocky mountains, through the
Animas River canyon. I rode the Silverton train with my family during a 1981 vacation to
Colorado and New Mexico.

The Silverton train today, is operated by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Retired Grand Trunk Western Railroad 2-6-0 steam locomotive # 1008 on display at Morrisburg Ontario Canada. November 1962. Frank Smeltzer photograph.

 
I found this photograph at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located
to the right of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
 

The year is 1962, and the steam era had recently ended on the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, and
the Canadian parent company Canadian National Railroad. Diesel electric locomotives have already replaced these classic coal burning steam locomotives in daily service, beginning during the 1950's.

Although many railroads had scrapped many if not all of their steam locomotives, the Canadian National and the U.S affiliate Grand Trunk Western Railroad, had actually set aside many for -display and preservation at various local city parks, and at operating railroad museums.  GTW
steam locomotive # 1008 shown here, was photographed shortly after being placed on display in the town of Morrisburg Ontario Canada.

Thanks.
Eddie K.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Marino's Italian Cafe. 136 E Irving Park Road. Wood Dale Illinois. March 2014.

 
Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
Fellow camera carrying train buffs like myself and many others, often wind up becoming very hungry after spending time in the great outdoors, watching passing trains with our cameras in hand.
 
One really nice place to enjoy delicious pizza, pasta and Italian Gelato ice cream, is Marino's Italian CafĂ© which is located just immediately west of the Wood Dale Illinois Metra commuter rail station, along the south side of West Irving Park Road /  Illinois U.S Rt # 19.
 
The food is very good here, the prices are well within reason, and there can sometimes be a constant parade of passing trains on the adjacent Metra Milwaukee District mainline to Elgin Illinois.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Eastbound Canadian Pacific unit grain train crossing 75th Avenue. Elmwood Park Illinois. Late March 2014.


Pumpkin Train Wisconsin Dells - Riverside Great Northern Railway Live St...


A two train meet on the elevated mainline right of way. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

 
I took this photograph last week Wednsday night, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club, located at 255 Augusta Street in west suburban Oak Park Illinois.
 
The club layout can be a very busy place depending on how many members will show up at any given operating session. Two train meets on the mainline area a common occurance just as they are on everyday prototype railroads.
 
Good friend and fellow club member Chuck Colin's Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad mini sand train, meets my Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad early 1970's era auto parts train above the urban viaduct on the elevated grade separated mainline.

A station platform pedestrian railroad crossing signal. Elmwood Park Illinois. March 2014.

 
I took this photograph recently, in northwest suburban Elmwood Park Illinois.
 
An all too important piece of safety equipment found at some of Chicago's many suburban commuter rail stations, is this unique low leval pedestrian railroad crossing signal, used to warn passengers or pedestrians of danger, when a train is either in or approaching the commuter rail station.
 
This ground leval example, was photographed at the Elmwood Park Illinois Metra commuter rail station, on the Metra's Milwaukee District North Line to Elgin Illinois. (Ex Milwaukee Road.)
This crossing signal, is mounted just immediately west of the wooden crosswalk out of view to the right of the photograph.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILROAD (HISTORICAL VIDEO)



Heres a video going out to all the fans of the former Great Northern Railroad (U.S Pre 1970.)

The 1976 era commemorative American Bicentenial transit bus, stops to let a Santa Fe auto parts train go through.

 
I took this photograph last week Wednsday night, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club, located at 255 Augusta Street in Oak Park Illinois.
 
The 1970's era is alive and well today.....at least in 1/87th  H.O  Scale anyway.
 
In a scene out of the mid 1970's, an American Precision Scale Models Company H.O Scale model of a 1950's era General Motors pre 1959 "Old Look" 40 foot transit bus painted in 1976 era American Bicentenial commemorative colors and markings, waits at the railroad crossing in the town of Stocton on the club layout, while an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad auto parts train passes through.
 
The locomotive is an Athearn model of a Santa Fe EMD GP 35 roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive, painted in Santa Fe's "Book Ends" or Billboard" color scheme, which was used by the Santa Fe from 1960 until 1972.

The outdoor attractions closed during the winter off season. Haunted Trails family Amusement Center. Bridgeview Illinois. Early March 2014.

 
I took this photograph a few weeks ago, in southwest suburban Bridgeview Illinois.
 
Chicago's winter of 2014 was a notorious and never ending one. With sometimes frequent heavy lake effect snowstorms, single digit temperatures, an abundance of ice on the ground and plenty of sharp and blustery winds gusting up, many people stayed indoors and day dreamed of warmer climates.
 
Seen here is the outdoor attractions area at the Haunted Trails Family Amusement Center in southwest suburban Bridgeview Illinois. This establishment was waiting for the upcoming longer and hopefully warmer days of springtime to arrive, so that the visiting patrons could step outside and enjoy fun family activities like the Go Kart track, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, or even one of the small portable amusement rides like one would see and ride at a carnival.
 
Although a recent and short lived thaw had melted the snow by the time of my photograph, the winds blowing out of the west were very strong and gusty, with outside temperatures in the low teens, and a windchill factor that felt like it was 2 degrees above zero Farenheight.
 
Now that winter is officially behind Chicago  (At least on the calendar) the fun outings and happy memories should be returning to this local Chicago area family entertainment venue soon.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Friday, March 28, 2014

My morning commute to work, is off to a very rainy start today. March 2014. 5:00 AM.

 
Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
As winter makes way for the upcoming springtime season, there is no avoiding the fact, that the early springtime season here in the greater Chicagoland area is always cold and wet.
 
I spotted this unique photo opportunity looking out from my cars windshield a few days ago.
 
It is 5:00 AM, and I am leaving for work this early morning under typical night time skies.
A heavily falling rain shower combined with chilly temperatures in the upper 30's, will see to it that my commute to work is a very interesting one on the wet and very slippery streets today.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

The Vogues - Five O'clock World



Hi everyone!

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page, from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

Well folks....It's Friday again! Hurray! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Here is a fun mid 1960's era Brittish rock and roll oldies hit song I had grown up with
many years ago, that I am sure many of you fellow hard working career people can relate
to today. Especially on a Friday at quitting time.

Here are "The Vogues", with their big hit working class hit single "Five O'clock World.

Thanks.
Eddie k.

A Chicago & NorthWestern and Santa Fe two train meet. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

 
I took this photograph last week Wednsday night, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club.
 
For camera carrying railfans like myself and many of my fellow contemporaries, there is nothing like being on location with your camera, just when one of those two train meets on a busy maniline comes by at your location.
 
Fellow club member Chuck Colin, was operating his modern era Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad "Sand Train" made up of several short  Iron Ore cars. My 1960's and early 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad "Auto Parts" train made up of six Pulman Standard 60 foot box cars, is viewed meeting Chuck's train on the elevated mainline right of way over the urban viaduct scene.
 
Nice photo opportunity.
 
Thanks Chuck!
 
Your buddy Eddie K.

After a long wintertime hiatus, Eddie resumes roller blading sessions. March 2014.

 
Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
One of my other fun and healthy hobbies or activities I enjoy pursuing, are my
outdoor sessions on inline roller blade skates whenever I have the opportunity or especially good weather to do so. I mostly pursue this activity during my morning lunch break period.
 
After driving a sometimes lengthy paratransit bus route assignment of pick ups and drop offs,
I need to get out and stretch my stiff legs. Believe me...the exercise does make a difference.
 
Here I am skating in West Park, located in northwest suburban Des Plaines Illinois. With sunny
skies and an outside temperature of 52 degrees Farenheight, it was an absolutely wonderful time
to resume my skating session on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, as there wasn't a single trace of -
snow or ice on the park's asphalt exercise path.
 
Behind me in the photograph, is the park's makeshift temporary seasonal outdoor ice skating
rink, which will soon be dismantled upon the arrival of springtime.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Steam Trains Mexico 1964 Part 3



I thought that it would be fun to add a little "Latin Flavor" to today's posting of
Eddie's Railfan Page, by including this rare and historic railfan home movie,
that was photographed in Mexico during 1964.

Some of today's younger generation of railfans, are more than likely not aware of it, but
Mexico was a late user of railroad steam locomotives in daily operation, until 1968.

The United States and Canada converted their railroad locomotive fleets after World War 2, from
steam locomotives to modern diesel electric models during the late 1940's to the mid and sometimes
late 1950's. With a lack of the nostalgic smoking, hissing and chime whistling steam locomotives
to be seen on home rails, a number of devoted railfans, made vacation trips south of the border
in to Mexico during the 1960's, to capture this unique last daily working remnant of the steam era.

Thanks.
Eddie K.

A Santa Fe freight train passing over an urban viaduct. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

 
I took this photograph last week Wednsday night, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. This miniature model railroad club with their huge layout, is located at 255 Augusta Street in west suburban Oak Park Illinois, and meets for their weekly operating session on Wednsday nights from 7 to 9PM, in the basement of the Oak Park Public Library's Dole Learning Center building.
 
In a scene out of most any North American city in the Midwest, west or southwest regions, my Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe freight train passes above the city traffic below on an urban viaduct.
 
The locomotive is an Athearn H.O Scale model of an EMD model GP 35 roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive introduced by EMD in 1963. This model is painted and decorated in Santa Fe's blue and yellow "Book Ends" or "Billboard" color scheme, that was used from 1960 until 1972, when it was eventually replaced by the higher visibility "Yellow Bonnet" color scheme.
 
The bus below the viaduct, is an American Precision Scale Models H.O Scale model of a Flxible Flyer or "Clipper" model compact streamlined motor coach. These buses were used primarily for suburban crosstown commuter bus operations, airport terminals, hotels, and large downtown rail terminals. These buses were a common sight in most North American cities from the 1940's, until the early or mid 1970's, when they were eventually retired from service and replaced with newer buses.
Many would be sold to private individuals, and converted to recreational vehicles.
 
This urban scene, is a typical one from the 1960's era.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Westbound BNSF Railway freight train. Riverside Illinois. March 2014.

 
I took this photograph recently, at the Riverside Illinois Metra commuter rail station.
 
A westbound BNSF Railway freight train has just passed through the Riverside station, and a covered hopper car is viewed bringing up the rear of this quick moving westbound freight train.
 
I fondly remember, that the former Burlington Northern Railroad was actually using cabooses on the rear of their freight trains passing through here during the 1980's, after many American railroads had started to phase them out. I miss the sight of cabooses on the rear of freight trains today, outdated and impractical as they were in  later years.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

An early Springtime sunset on West Montrose Avenue. Norridge Illinois. Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.


Your host and photographer celebrating his 52nd birthday. March 2014.

 
May there be many more for this lifelong Chicago railfan and avid photographer.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad box car at North Platte Nebraska. August 1973. Jim Parker photograph.


Chicago & NorthWestern R R train crossing a high trestle.


Wabash Railroad 4-4-s Atlantic type passenger service steam locomotive # 611 at Delray Michigan. (Detroit area.) August 4th, 1921.



I found this classic 1920's era steam locomotive photograph from the Wabash Railroad at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org

One of the first purpose built high speed passenger type locomotives that appeared on American railroads during the late 1800's and early 1900's era, was the tall driving wheeled 4-4-2 Atlantic type steam locomotives. These locomotives were originally used on crack limited mainline long distance passenger trains. As passenger car construction switched from wood to steel, these locomotives were eventually underpowered, and replaced by larger and heavier steam locomotives on their original assignments.

The 4-4-2 Atlantic type steam locomotives eventually were placed in to commuter train operations, as well as short secondary, local or connecting passenger train services, which they were better suited for. Some railroads like the Illinois Central and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy...had modified some of theirs with shorter driving wheels, and ended their working days pulling branchline freight trains.

Wabash locomotive # 611 built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1904, is viewed simmering away at Delray Michigan near the city of Detroit between runs on August 4th, 1921.

Athearn Phase 1 Santa Fe EMD CF 7 with Tsunami sound.


A westbound Metra local arriving at the Riverside Illinois Metra commuter rail station on a bitterly cold winter day. December 2013.

 
Although many Chicagoans including myself are pretty much "Sick of winter" already...I still find Chicago Winter Railroading to be a fascinating photo subject.
 
I took this photograph back in December of 2013.
 
A westbound Metra local commuter train enroute to Aurora Illinois, is viewed making the station stop at west suburban Riverside Illinois, during a very cold, windy and very overcast winter afternoon. There were sharp winds blowing out of the west that day making it feel colder than it actually was that day. Passing trains on the BNSF Railway's 3 track mainline, were kicking up snowdust in their wake during my short and very skin stinging visit at the station.