Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Family fun at Amtrak family days celebration in Chicago Illinois. July 1982.
A hazy and humid Chicago summer day is seen at the site of the former Illinois Central Station near Chicago's lakefront. (gone. Demolished in 1974)
This location at Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue, was used by Amtrak and the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad to promote a Public Relations event that Amtrak had put on called"Amtrak Family Days". This one time only event featured -Entertainment -Displays and activities for all the attending Children present. Seen in the background, is a train made up of then brand new Amtrak Superliner Coaches. This train made many demonstration runs from the Fairgrounds to 115th street and back. The southbound end of the train was towed by an Illinois Central Gulf EMD Rebuilt GP 10 freight
diesel in "New Image" colors, while the north end had an Amtrak EMD F-40 PH Passenger unit.