Monday, February 27, 2006
Sunset is now approaching on this fine late summer day in 1988. The second diesel unit in tow, an EMD GP30 from 1963, has been hastily repainted into a proposed merger color scheme that did not materialize. The Santa Fe and the Southern Pacific were getting ready to merge in the mid 1980's...but the Interstate Commerce Commision ruled "No". The two Railroads went their seperate ways corporately. The Union Pacific Railroad Merged / Bought out the Southern Pacific in the mid 1990's, and the Burlington Northern Railroad merged/ Bought out the Santa Fe shortly after that.
also on the set of train tracks in the photograph.
The railroad branchline seen here belonged to the Indianna Harbor Belt Railroad. This line was known as their Chicago Stockyards Industrial Branch. This was the last year of service as a freight railroad line. The line was "Abandoned" shortly after this photo was taken. The tracks were dismantled in 1989, and the line was Reconstructed and Redeveloped into the Chicago Transit Authority's -Orange Line Rapid Transit line to Chicago's Midway Airport, wich opened to the public in the fall of 1993. The silhouetted building with the floodlight posts at the far right of this photograph, is Curie High School. I attended school here from 1977 to 1981. The rail line itself was in poor condition. The rails were kinked and the wooden ties Rotted in many places.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Welcome to another installment of Eddie's Railfan Page. I decided to do another Bus installment today...I hope this brings back some very happy memories to you. This is me driving (under museum supervision)
a 1950 GM Transit coach from (pre pace)
"west Towns Bus Company". We are at the September 2000 Members day at the Midwest Transit Bus Museum, located in Crest Hill Illinois. Next stop....Cermak rd in Berwyn Illinois. Or maybe...Lake Street in
Oak Park Illinois. Lets have some fun.
This is a photo of an old 1960's (possibly earlier) era Chicago Transit Authority Bus Stop Sign. Still in day to day use, but on borrowed time in this August 1990 Photograph. We are on 111th Street east of the Pulaski Bus terminal , on Chicago's Southwest side in the Mount Greenwood Neighborhood.
Todays CTA Bus Stop Signs are Blue and White with a newer, much more modern Logo.
An eastbound CTA Flexible Metro Coach is passing by the restaurants dining room windows.
Jerry's snack shop has since closed, and a polish overseas import/mailing service occupies it.
This is in the Belmont and Central avenue area.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Welcome aboard to "Eddie's Railfan Page". I am your Host and Photographer EDDIE, inviting you to enjoy a selection of Chicago CTA bus photographs from December 2005. Today is "BUS DAY" here at my blog site. I hope you enjoy this selection of Chicago bus Photographs.
The temperatures were cold on this early december afternoon in 2005...but the Chicago sky was very crystal clear.
near Augusta Boulevard around 6:30pm. Chicago's rush hour commute was a nightmare that evening. It took forever to get home that horrible evening. Driving speeds averaged about 5 -to-10 mph. Visibility was next to nothing. It was easy to Imagine that it was actually the Chicago Blizzard of 1979. Believe it or not...this dramatic weather photo was actually taken with an "Inexpensive disposable camera from Walgreens".
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
This photograph was taken in january of 1990 on Chicago's southwest side near Midway Airport.
We are a few blocks south of Archer Avenue near 52nd street and Keeler avenue. We are looking east as the Indianna Harbor Belt Railroad's -Chicago Stockyards Industrial branchline is being torn up. This line was torn up , and redeveloped into todays CTA Orange Line Rapid Transit to Chicago's Midway Airport. I used to walk this quaint and quiete scenic branchline while I attended Curie High School nearby, from 1977 to 1981. The track was in Bad shape, Speeds were generally between 5 and 10 mph for the daily switching locals that had serviced this laid back 1950's style stretch of Chicago Railroad line. Slow speed derailments happened often, and the ties were Rotted in many places here.
The Motorman is raising the overhead Trolley Pole to change direction for the return trip.
These cars worked their final years in service on the CTA Skokie Swift, now known as the Yellow Line rapid transit. Photographed in September 1990 at the Fox River Trolley Museum. South Elgin Illinois.
Notice 3rd Rail shoes still in place on car trucks. Photograph taken in September 1990.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Leaving Chicago on the original Santa Fe right of way, about to pass below the Central Avenue Bridge south of 39th street (Pershing Road) near the towns of Stickney and Forest View Illinois, in the Western suburbs. During the Early 1990's, the Santa Fe built a huge Intermodal Yard west of here in Willow Springs Illinois. This soon caused many Delays On this particulair line.
After the merger with the Burlington Northern Railroad...This train was re-routed on the old CB&Q mainline (Burlington Northern) where it would rejoin the old Santa Fe mainline at Galesburg Illinois, and proceed west along the original route to Los Angeles California. During pre Amtrak -pre Jet Airline days...This train carried Movie Stars to Chicago and Other citties East (transfering trains at Dearborn Station.) back when this First Class Luxury Train was known as the Santa Fe "Superchief".
Chicago Gravel Company Steam switcher #18 is seen just east of Church Road, Just south of Irving Park rd I-19 On the Northside of the Soo Line (ex Milwaukee Road.) Mainline. Since this Photograph was taken...the display has grown with the addition of a Milwaukee Road passenger
car and a Bay window Caboose from the same Railroad as well. VANDALS BEWARE! Not only is the display "well lit" at night...But it is in plain sight of the Bennsenville Police Station too.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I am so glad that i actually Photographed and Recorded things as much as i did back in -
Pre September 11 2001 Times. I was a very Responsible Railfan, and seldom ran into any Security Problems with Railroad Personal.
I showed Respect...and many times -Got it Back.
Although a lot of my time these days is "spent", and I don't Railfan as much as i did back then...I still can be handy with an Occasional Rail or Bus photo these days too. There will be many upcoming photographs past and somewhat present in the near future.
Your Host and Photographer...."EDDIE".
This photograph was taken in August of 1982 near the South Entrance Gate of Chicago's "Brookfield Zoo". The Train is heading east as it makes yet another round trip around the zoo property. the Brookfield Zoo Railroad was known as the "Brookfield ,Salt Creek, and Western Railroad. The Railroad operation here ran in service from May 1967 to Labor Day Weekend of 1985. The tracks were slowly dismantled in stages and the equipment sat for 17 years in storage. The engines and cars now have a new home at the "Hesston Steam museum" in Hesston indianna, near Michigan City Indianna.
Railfan Hangout for many years. The Control
tower seen here was closed in 1993 and demolished a few years later, after a few suspicious arson fires were set.
Satalite Communications and GPS systems Phased out these manual Traffic control
towers in recent years.
Pacific markings on lead locomotive. The Union Pacific Railroad Merged and bought out the Missouri Pacific Railroad in the early 1980's.
The train is heading to the Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard, near the Ford City Shopping Center.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
An eastbound Chicago Transit Authority 1991
Flexible Metro transit coach is seen leaving the west Archer Avenue Terminal at Archer Avenue just 1 block east of Harlem av on Chicago's southwest side. This particulair CTA color Scheme was introduced in 1989 replacing a Two Tone Green and Off White color combination.
Saturday afternoon in April of 1988. The colorful
bus seen here is a "pre pace" Southwest Suburban Transit Co" GMC coach getting ready to make a left turn and proceed south on Harlem Avenue. This location is on the southwest border of Chicago and the town of Summit, near Midway airport.
We are at the Intersection of 43rd Street (aka Pope John Paul 2 nd Drive) and Archer Avenue on Chicago's Southwest Side. A "Rebuilt" 1970's era CTA General Motors "New Look" bus is seen heading Eastbound to Downtown Chicago.
These GMC Buses were introduced in 1959 and were in Production until 1983. Chicago got their first GM "New Look" or "fishbowl" buses (nicknamed for their unique windshield design)
in 1962 and their last in 1977. They operated in Chicago day to day until retired in 1996. Some became Maintenance / work services buses.
inviting you along for a ride on todays post Photo charter "The Bus Fan Express". Today is "Bus Day" at my Railfan Page.
The Bus in the photograph is a 1975 GMC Transit Coach from
Kenosha Wisconsin. The Photograph was taken on april 29
2000 during an "Omnibus Society" charter fantrip in Kenosha wisconsin. It was a Chilly Day, but fun indeed.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Norfolk Southern at Chicago Ridge Illinois.
This freight train is seen on a sunday afternoon in October of 1989 heading southwest through southwest suburban Chicago Ridge Illinois near the town of Oaklawn. We are looking northeast from the Metra -Chicago Ridge station platform. This was a "right place / right time" situation because freight trains seem to be "rare" on this former "Wabash" railroad line, and commuter train service is only Monday thru Friday.
Steam Logging locomotive #5 at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois.
This picture was taken in the late afternoon at the october 1989 Members Weekend.
Westbound Burlington Northern commuter train.
This photograph was taken on a sunday afternoon in late october of 1989, at suburban Riverside Illinois. The 1950's era EMD E-9 passenger diesel locomotives were in their last years of service, and were retired in 1992.
Northbound IHB freight train.
This photo was taken around august of 1995 looking east on 71 st street in Southwest suburban Bridgeview Illinois. Notice old Milwaukee Road boxcars still painted for their former railroad ten years after Soo Line merger.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
We are at what used to be "Northwestern Station" in downtown chicago. This is september of 1985, and we are going on a 20th Century Railroad Club excursion from Chicago to Sterling Illinois on the Chicago and North Western Railroad-"west line". The big steam locomotive is NKP #765 wich was built in the 1940's for fast freight service on the Nickle Plate Road Railroad. The temperature that day topped 100 degrees and was the "hottest day of the year".
Hello Everybody. This is "ME" , your photographer Edward Kwiatkowski -aka EDDIE FROM CHICAGO ON A MAY 1983 Central Electric Railfans Association fantrip to South Bend Indianna and back. They were showing us the then NEW South Shore Railroad japanese built M.U (multiple unit) commuter coaches. I had just turned 21 at the time of the photo.
This photograph was taken in january of 1986. we are at "Hayford Junction" at 76th st and st louis avenue on the southwest side of chicago. This is an eastbound pre CSX Chessie System transfer train heading east toward the Kedzie Avenue bridge in the backround. The freight train is crossing over the GTW tracks.
This photograph was taken in July of 1985. We are looking north from 51st street near St Louis avenue on the southwest side of Chicago. This is an EMD locomotive on the Grand Trunk Western railroad, recently acquired through merger with the Detroit Toledo and Ironton railroad. 2 years before this picture was taken...this was the GTW Elsdon Yard wich was abandoned in 1983. The engine servicing and yard operations were moved to the Belt Railway of Chicago's "Clearing Yard" at 70th and Central Avenue. For a few years after the abandonement...engines were staged between runs at this 51st street location, and were fueled there by tank trucks.
This photograph was taken in august of 1986. We are looking southwest around 28th street just east of Kedzie Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood on the south west side of Chicago. Santa Fe rebuilt EMD gp7 #1310 is working the I-N (formerly Illinois Northern Rail Road) branch line local...wich ran north out of Santa Fe's Corwith Yard Monday thru Friday, serving the many industries along the I-N branchline. Washburne Trade School is the large building on 31st street in the background behind the engine.
Welcome to EDDIE'S RAILFAN PAGE. The following photographs were taken
by me during the 1980's and early 1990's by me -Edward Kwiatkowski (eddie)
when I had the time and film to go railfanning in the Chicago Illinois area.
Eddie from Chicago.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
This photograph was taken in June of 1986 by Chicago area railfan Edward Kwiatkowski. We are looking east from the Laramie avenue bridge in Cicero, Illinois. This is an ariel photograph of the Burlington Northern Railroads "Clyde Yard" in the town of Cicero, Il.