Thursday, August 17, 2006

Heading into the sunset. Kiddieland Amusement Park, Melrose Park Illinois USA. July 2006.

Heading into a colorful shower of bright late day sunshine, The Kiddieland Limited - or should we say "The Sunset Limited", heads west for another lap around the amusement park property. Kiddieland Amusement Park is rumored to be in the "Sunset of it's life". Kiddieland is the only survivor of a series of small amusement parks that once existed around Chicago Illinois USA. I took this photograph from the east parking lot on First Avenue. There is a chance that 2006 may be it's last season. I certainly hope not. The park has 2 different train rides. One with a steam locomotive and canopied cars, and this 1950's diesel streamliner in Southern Pacific Daylight colors. The steam train is rarely used these days. There used to be 2 steam locomotives here at Kiddieland. The 4 -8 -4 that they use occasionally, and a smaller 4 -6 -4 streamline steamer now at the Hesston Steam Museum located in Hesston Indianna USA. A last look at a forgotten simpler era.

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