Friday, October 09, 2015
A 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf Railroad freight train crossing the tall steel Winston Bridge trestle on the club layout.
A two car Chicago, North Shore And Milwaukee Railroad interurban train near Libertyville Illinois. June 1952.
I found this photograph on my Link page New Dave's Railpix,
which is located to the right of your computer screen at
This two car Chicago, North Shore And Milwaukee Railroad
electric interurban train, is viewed crossing a high wooden
trestle on the railroad's Mundelein branch, near Libertyville
Illinois during the early 1950's era.
A Norfolk Southern Railroad freight train, crosses Grand Avenue. Elmwood Park Illinois. October 2015.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Grand Trunk Western Railroad EMD SW 1200 diesel switcher locomotive # 1518. Photographed at the GTW Elsdon Yard. Chicago Illinois. October 29th, 1977. J.R Quin photograph.
I found this photograph from the now long gone Grand Trunk
Western Railroad / Elsdon Yard facility at my Link page
Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your
computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
This photograph is very special and very dear to my heart, as
I was attending my freshman year semester at nearby Curie
High School just a half a mile west of here, at the time that
this photograph was taken by J.R Quin back in 1977.
I was beginning to explore the GTW Elsdon Yard on occasion,
and it was one of my favorite railfan haunts, in the days before
I owned my first camera. Sadly, the GTW closed Elsdon
Yard in October of 1983. However...I did take photographs
here during the final week of operation in 1983.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Foreward interior view, inside a 2012 Gillig 35 foot transit bus, used in airport rental car shuttle service. Bedford Park Illinois. May 2015.
I found this historic bus photograph from the Baltimore Transit Company at my Link page
Tom's Trolleybus Pictures, which is located to the right of your computer screen at
The city of Baltimore Maryland, featured electric trolleybus operations from 1938
until 1959. Electric city streetcars operated in Baltimore until the year of 1963.
A Chicago Transit Authority , Route # 62 / Archer-Harlem bus idles at the west terminal. Chicago Illinois. December 2014.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
I took this photograph this spring, at the Oak Park Society
of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in
Oak Park Illinois.
The Illinois Central and the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroads
merged on August 10th, 1972, thus becoming the
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
In this recreated scene from the early days of the merger, a
former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad EMD GP 38-2
roadswitcher diesel, pulls a recently repainted former
Illinois Central side door caboose with the "New"
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad markings.
Western Pacific Railroad Alco S 2 switcher # 554 switching at Oakland California. 1965. Richard Smith photograph.
I spotted this photograph at my Link page
This photograph was found on my Link page
"New Dave's Railpix."
Chessie System EMD GP 15 light roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive # 1508, working a local freight train. Hamilton Ohio, 1984. Eric Clark photograph.
This photograph was found on my Link page Fallen Flags.Org
Friday, October 02, 2015
From my Link page site "New Dave's Railpix."
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Alco RS 3 diesel locomotive # 470. Blue Island Illinois. February 1970.
I found this historic Chicago area photograph from the former
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, at my Link page
Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of your -
computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Alco RS 3
roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive # 470, is viewed
idling at south suburban Blue Island Illinois, in February
of 1970 during the winter season.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City lightweight high speed interurban car # 116. Cedar Rapids Iowa, circa early 1950's era.
I found this photograph from the Cedar Rapids And Iowa City
electric interurban railroad at my Link page
"New Dave's Railpix". which is located to the right of your
computer screen at...
The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City aka "The Crandic", operated
electric interurban passenger trains until 1953, when the Crandic
switched to diesel power, and freight only operation.
The line up of cars in the yard with their trolley poles down, and
the apparent lack of overhead wire, indicates that this may be
a "Rare" photograph, taken in the wake of passenger service
discontinuance. Several of the Crandic's lightweight interurban
cars, came from the Indiana Railroad, and the Cincinnati and
Lake Erie interurban railroads.
Former Crandic car # 120, ex Indiana Railroad car # 65, has
been restored to it's original Indiana Railroad appearance, and is
operated at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois
during special events at the museum. www.irm.org
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad EMD SD 9 diesel locomotive # 344. Photographed in March of 1969.
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.
Prior to the coming of today's BNSF Railway in 1996, there was the Burlington Northern Railroad
from 1970 to 1996, and prior to that, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Today's BNSF
just like the former Burlington Northern, is made up from the mergers of several railroad
Seen here a year before the 1970 merger of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the Great Northern Railway, The Northern Pacific Railroad, and the Spokane, Portland & Seatle Railroad, are two
C,B & Q / first generation EMD SD 9 high hood roadswitcher diesel locomotives in two C,B & Q
The locomotive to the left, is wearing the bright red and gray "New Image" C,B & Q color
scheme introduced in 1959, while engine # 344 to the right, is still wearing the 1950's era
C,B & Q "Black Bird" color scheme.
Before there were diesel switcher locomotives , steam locomotives handled the switching chores and terminal assignments.
and good quality line, of Bachman's H.O Scale steam locomotives.
In the near future, I may consider obtaining one of these U.S.R.A steam locomotives, and modifying
it with DCC and sound. Locomotives like this worked mostly in yards and terminals, but were also
assigned to work branchline switching locals, or even short transfer trains on occasion.
A Chicago Transit Authority blue line rapid transit train departs from the Clark and Lake subway station. Chicago Illinois. Tuesday morning, September 29th, 2015.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
The former north terminal, for the Chicago Transit Authority Route # 52 / Kedzie-California bus line. Chicago Illinois. January 2007.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
This photograph was taken, at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park
Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
Monday, September 21, 2015
An eastbound Burlington Northern Railroad freight train, approaches the Berwyn, Metra commuter rail station. Berwyn Illinois. July 1985.
The Illinois Railway Museum's diesel powered Industrial Brownhoist Company self propelled railroad crane.
Used for the various infrastructure support and maintenance
operations at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Southern Pacific Railroad EMD GP 9 diesel electric locomotive # 3187. San Jose California, 1981. Gary Overfield photo collection.
From my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to
the right of your computer screen at
A 1960's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad local freight train, crossing the tall steel Winston Bridge trestle on the club layout.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
An Athearn, H.O Scale model of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad CF 7 roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive.
I grew up in the city of Chicago Illinois, during the 1960's
and 70's era. This is also the period I chose to model in
The locomotive shown here, is a CF 7 roadswitcher, which were
unique to the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
These locomotives were built, using aging Santa Fe EMD F 7
cab unit diesel electric locomotives, that dated to the early 1950's.
Santa Fe began building these locomotives, beginning in 1969.
Several EMD F 7's were pulled out of service, and rebuilt from
the frame up. A new carbody based on the EMD GP 7 and 9 -
models with a chop low front nose for better visibility, would
replace the old cowl carbody F 7 body shell, thus becoming
more practical for switching and terminal work.
The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe built these recycled F 7 now
CF 7 roadswitcher locomotives at their Cleburne Texas railroad
shops facility, between 1969 and 1978. This model has the
early round cab. Some later CF 7's, had an angular "Topeka Cab"
from their Topeka Kansas shop facilities.
The Santa Fe retired their CF 7's in 1987, selling several of these
locomotives to various shortline railroads and Amtrak.
This photograph was taken, at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.
OPSME on Facebook.
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Merry Go Round / Carousel ride at the Adventure Land Amusement Park. Addison Illinois. (Gone.) in business from 1961 to 1977.
An era many older Chicagoans fondly remember, is that
period from the 1950's (Or earlier) in to the 1970's. It was
during this time, that there were many seasonal family owned
and operated little amusement parks, in the outlying suburbs
in the greater Chicagoland area.
This photograph I found on the internet, shows the lighted Merry
Go Round ride at the Adventure Land Amusement Park in
Addison Illinois, more than likely around closing time.
Fellow club member Henry Kranz, was operating his
G,M & O Alco RS 2 diesel switcher and train, at the
Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model
Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Chicago's summer season is now winding down, and coming to a close. Berwyn Illinois. September 2015.
I took this photograph on a rainy night recently after work.
The seasonal roadside Tastee Freeze soft serve ice cream stand
on West 26th Street and South Clarence Avenue in Berwyn
Illinois, is experiencing a slow late summer season night,
as the rainy weather has kept the local patrons who would
normally line up outside, away on this wet night.
Soon the colorful autum leaves will appear on the neighborhood
streets, and once again, this local roadside soft serve ice cream
stand, will be boarded up, and closed for the upcoming winter season.