Friday, June 30, 2006
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. Today once again is "Bus Day" here at My blog site. I took this photograph on a lovely spring Saturday afternoon in April of 1988. We are at the West Terminal for the Chicago Transit Authority Rt# 62 Archer / Harlem bus line. We are a 1 block east of Harlem Avenue, at the Chicago city limits near the village of Summit Illinois. The buses shown here are 1970's vintage GMC Fishbowl, or new look buses, nicknamed so due to their unique windshield design. The era of Bubble windshields, slanted side windows, and fluted stainless steel siding was coming to a close within the next 8 years for CTA transit buses.
The Toronto Transit Commision was still using these old 1960's and 70's vintage GMC buses. These coaches were called "New Look GM's" or even "Fishbowls" due to their unique windshield design. Castle Loma is a beautiful tourist attraction to see while in Toronto Ontario.
This is just a few blocks south of Archer Avenue.
The orange and blue color scheme look nice in the late day sunshine.
I was waiting for a westbound CTA Rt # 62 Archer / Harlem Avenue bus, when I heard the approaching siren of a Chicago Fire Department truck responding to an emergency call on Chicago's southwest side. This "Panned" photograph of a fire engine at speed was taken from the northeast corner of Archer and Kedzie Avenue's on the southwest side of Chicago. This neighborhood community is known as "Brighton Park", and this is a very busy intersection.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. This photograph was taken by Me, in southwest suburban "Hodgkins" Illinois in May of 2006. This is an example of Changing Technology. The old "Solonoid" operated bells, are gradually being replaced by "Electronic" types as seen on top of this signal mast. The electronic bells are actually "Pleasant" on ones ears, but also the sound carries for quiete some distance as well. They have gained considerable popularity, and are rapidly becoming the Industry Standard. This crossing signal is located on east 67th Street, on the BNSF railroad line.
Eastbound BNSF train on the Belt Railway of Chicago tracks. Photographed at West 60th Street and South Oak Park Avenue, Chicago Illinois USA. May 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
A guy named Jeff who I attended high school with, took this photograph in Chicago Illinois USA, during April of 1984.
The little privately owned , or leased industrial diesel switch engine, is a G.E 44 ton locomotive. It is seen spotting cars at the R.H Donnelley Publishing Company near 22nd Street and Lakeshore Drive. R.H Donnelley publishes the Chicago "Yellow Pages" telephone directory.
"Trailer on flat car" freight train speeding across the Belt Railway of Chicago crosstracks. Trains that haul truck trailers for many years were referred to as a "Piggy back" operation. Nerska Junction is on private property on a service road. It is located approximately 4-to 5 blocks east of Cicero Avenue, along the northside embankment of the I-55 Stevenson Expressway at 41 St Street.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. Todays posting is dedicated to all the "Bus Fans" at My blog site.
We will start this "Bus Day" posting with a "Retro" photograph from the mid 1980's on Chicago's Southwest side.
This photograph was taken at the route # 52 Kedzie / California Avenue south terminal at South Kedzie Avenue and 63rd Place. I took this photograph in July of 1985. The old bus in the foreground is a mid 1960's era Flxible new look transit coach. This bus and its members of that fleet were in their last year of service. The old Flxibles were retired from service in 1986. The bus in the background is a 1970's era GMC New Look coach. The GMC's were retired from service a decade later in 1996. From 1955 to 1969, this bus turnaround terminal was used by Chicago Transit Authority "Electric Trolleybuses".
This bus was specially decorated with silk screen, shrink wrap decals honoring the Chicago Bears NFL Football Team. "Da Bears."
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Behind the former GTW locomotives is the abandoned "Sportsmans" horse racing track. At some point during the late 1990's, This park was rebuilt and became the short lived "Chicagoland Motor Speedway", where many Nascar and other Auto and Stock Car racing events took place. The park had closed in 2004 after numerous complaints of noise from area residents across the railroad embankment. The railroad line shown here is the former Illinois Central Railroad "Iowa Division". This area is the Hawthorn Yard engine service facility. After the Canadian National Railroad had absorbed the Illinois Central through merger, Grand Trank Western railroad locomotives had become a common sight in Cicero Illinois USA.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Riding the 14 inch guage miniature railroad. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indianna USA. June 1991.
This is a very pleasant place to visit for a day in the country. This museum features larger Narrow or Meter guage steam equipment, as well as the 14 inch track guage railroad seen here, a 7 inch guage miniature live steam train ride, Antique automobiles -farm tractors, and pleasant outdoor settings for photography.
Miniature 14 inch guage live steam train charging upgrade. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indianna USA.
The locomotive pulling this train is a 4 -6 -4 Hudson type steam locomotive. The prototype wich was used on a number of U.S and Canadian railroads, was used almost exclusively in fast express passenger trains. Near the end of the steam era, some saw limited freight train service.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. Today we will be honoring "Electric" railroad subjects. These photographs were taken during a July 1996 visit, to the Illinois Railway Museum, located in the town of Union Illinois USA. This 2 car demonstration train of Chicago,North Shore and Milwaukee railroad multiple unit interurban coaches are seen here passing the Preserved and Relocated Junction tower from Spaulding Illinois, wich was near the city of Waukeegan. This photograph could easily be mistaken for one taken decades ago, between the old tower building , and the antique "Wig Wag" crossing signal in the foreground.
Chicago,North Shore, and Milwaukee 2 car Interurban electric train. Illinois Railway Museum. July 1996.
This car is equiped with padded leather seats, and railroad style airhorns, as well as a standard trolley bell for street running.
This car can be seen and ridden today at the
Illinois Railway Museum located in Union Illinois.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
The weather was simply wonderful that day.
"My old neighborhood railroad. The end of the line?" and also one entitled "Neglect!" Today in 2006, the old I,N line is practically "Abandoned", But in 1984, The line was "Alive and well" with 5 day a week service and decent maintenance. The unknown crew member seen here was photographed at work at 28th Street and South Kedzie Avenue, while switching a factory siding.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. Today is yet another "Bus Day" posting here at My blog site.
A light rain has passed through about an hour before I had taken these photographs. I was out running some family "Shopping Errands", at the Strip Mall at 87th Street and Harlem Avenue in suburban Bridgeview Illinois when I luckily had My camera handy. Right place/ right time!
Here are two older Pace Orion transit coaches, working as a bus driver training classroom. The Pace southwest garage is just a mile south of here, wich is where these buses proboubly originated their training sessions at this day.
Pace is Chicago's Suburban Bus Agency, wich is operated by the RTA.
Chicagolands "Regional Transportation Authority".
This view was taken from the strip mall on the southeast side of 87th Street and Harlem Avenue, in the village of Bridgeview Illinois. This was photographed in August of the year 2002.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Welcome to "Eddie's Railfan Page". Today we will see some photographs taken in and around Chicago Illinois from 2005 and 2006 respectively.
In the "Archives" section of postings for May of 2006, I had did a couple of postings entitled "My old neighborhood railroad. The end of the line?" I am sad to say that the old industrial former "Illinois Northern Railroad" branch line that Santa Fe had operated until 1995 and BNSF until 2000, has been cut back to "Spaulding Avenue just north of 31st Street.
This railroad line has experienced much "Deferred Maintenance" by the succesor company DRS Rail Services. This is the 30th Street railroad crossing seen in the May archives. Notice that "Vegetation" has been allowed to grow uncontrolled and has obliterated the lower crossing flashers. The fact that it was in this bad of shape in June 2005 gave suspicion that this section of railroad was already abandoned or unused. The former once prosperous Illinois Northern railroad has gradually lost it's online Industries one by one. The rails east of Spaulding Avenue, have been disconnected beyond a temporary fence.
There is only one or two customers served by rail on this line, and are switched as needed.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. Here I am, your host and photographer celebrating My 44th Birthday in March of 2006 at My fiancee's house.
In todays edition of My blog site, We will view some photographs of Contemporary Chicago Railroading from the Spring of 2006. Many things have come and gone from Chicago railroading since I began taking photographs back in the early 1980's. There have been many Mergers -Abandonments -Equipment changes -GPS technology, and last run train excursions. I was photographing until around 1993, took a break for about 5 years (except for museum photos) and started making a gradual "Comeback"
around 1998. The opening of the Kenosha Wisconsin Streetcar system and several "Last Run" GMC Fishbowl bus excursions in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2000 got Me shooting film again.
Here is some of "Todays" railroading in the city of Chicago Illinois. Welcome Aboard.
This facility owned by BNSF, maintains the commuter coaches used on the METRA Chicago to Aurora 3 track commuter mainline. Prior to 1970, this was the Chicago Burlington and Quincy railroad. From 1970 to 1995, it was the Burlington Northern railroad. The Chicago mainline suburban commuter trains are all operated by Metra. In this case, old host railroad names and traditions die hard. There is great corporate pride taken here. Notice the orange BNSF logo to the left of the coach center door.