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.

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tlee169 said...

In 1966 an extra board assignment at the Santa Ee coachyard brought me to this Depot for a troop train from Fort Polk, La over the IC South. We pulled it across the St Charles Airline to the Santa Fe where the troops were kept on board the all Pullman Santa Fe cars as they were inspected, serviced and shoed. It was a sad time as they went on to Oakland and then Viet Nam.