Friday, December 29, 2006
Northbound Norfolk Southern switching local. Brighton Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. September 2006.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
This large Christmas tree, is seen in the lobby of one of My business accounts. I serve a convenience mini market located in a large apartment skyscraper building, on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. Being a sales representative by trade allows Me to see some very festive local Holiday sights around Chicago.
the railroad dispatcher. This photograph of a "Stopped" freight train, is looking east on Chicago Avenue in suburban River Forest Illinois USA.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I took this photo of this unique holiday decoration, in suburban Elmwood Park Illinois.
This flying Santa sleigh was a definate eye catcher, even during the daytime.
Yes its true folks...Chicago had a "Brown" christmas in 2006 due to mild weather conditions. But why compain? it was nice.
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page. Today is "Bus Day" once again at My blog site. Today will be the last bus day for 2006 here at Eddie's Railfan Page, as the end of the year is just days away.
2006 was a great year for Myself, and I wish to extend many "Thanks" to all the wonderful people who have supported this blog site. I have recieved numerous E-mails
from local Chicagoans past and present, as well as many
international responses from people around the world.
Eddie's Railfan Page made it's debut on Febuary 8th 2006, and it has been a great ride ever since.
Thank You everyone.
Happy new year soon from Chicago Illinois USA.
color scheme introduced in 2005.
I was told from a friend of mine who is a Pace bus operator, that the "Blue" color scheme honors one of the Pace predecessor transit companys
known as -"The West Towns Bus Company" wich was based in Oak Park Illinois. The old West Towns bus lines are now known as the Pace
I was enroute to a business / sales call in
the area. I spotted this Pace bus heading north
on Des Plaines Avenue out of My windshield.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
was the former Milwaukee Road line.
I am Eddie, Your host and photographer here
at Eddie's Railfan Page. Welcome aboard for
some Chicago area railfan photographs and
happy memories from My archives. Here
I am on location in October of 2006, at the
Metra, River Grove commuter rail station
in Chicago's northwest suburbs.
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The locomotive is an MP-36-PH built by
Motive Power Industries of Boise Idaho.
This company was the former locomotive rebuilding firm known as Morrison Knudson.
Straight foreward and definately "To the point"!
There have been a fair number of Accidents along this rail line in recent years. Some fatal.
Eastbound Metra commuter train stopping at the River Grove Illinois USA commuter rail station. October 2006.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Happy holidays for you this year from
Eddie's Railfan Page.
I took this evening rush hour photograph, of an approaching inbound Metra commuter train, at the Norwood park Metra station. This wooden steam era depot is at Northwest Highway and Raven Street on Chicago's northwest side.
This rail line, is the Union Pacific's former Chicagp & NorthWestern Railroad NW Line
from Chicago to Harvard Illinois.
platform, from the Metra River Grove commuter rail station, located just west of suburban Elmwood Park Illinois. The heavy snowfall we had experienced in Chicagoland on December 1st 2006, helped to create a number of Christmas Card scenes for railfan photographers like Myself and a few others out there.
Westbound Metra express commuter train approaching the Hanson Park station. Chicago Illinois USA. December 1st 2006.
This depot is on the Canadian Pacific Railroad's -
Ex Milwaukee road mainline.
Westbound Metra express train racing through a snowstorm. Hanson Park station. Chicago Illinois USA. December 1st 2006.
Seen here racing westbound and kicking up snow dust in near "White Out" conditions, is a Metra express commuter train passing through the Hanson Park station near Central and Grand Avenues.
After two weeks, the temperatures warmed up and the heavy snowfall melted. It looks like Chicagoland will have a Rainy and Brown Christmas for 2006.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The 3 locomotives and open coaches sat in storage for 17 years, and in 2002, they were officially donated to the Hesston Steam Museum. The museum is located in Hesston Indianna near New Buffalo Michigan.
Frisco Railroad steam locomotive # 1630. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois USA. Sertember 1985.
aka "Frisco" engine # 1630. This locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA in 1918, for export to Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution broke out, and the shipment was diverted to various united states railroads. The locomotives builders plates are both in English and Russian "Cerelic" language. The locomotives driving wheels were converted from Russian 5 Ft guage, to American 4Ft 8In standard guage. This locomotive pulled freight and light passenger train assignments in the state of Oklahoma. It's last days in service were spent working for the Eagle Pitcher Mining Company, on
their Industrial railroad during the 1950's.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Happy Holidays from Chicago, and welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page.
Today is "Bus Day" here at My blog site.
The bus photographed here, is a 1970's vintage GMC transit coach
from the city of Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was on a charterred fantrip /bus excursion with a group from the Midwest Transit Bus Museum in cresthill Illinois, and several members of the Omnibus Society of America, seen here in May of 2000. It was a nice outing.
Secondhand Seatle Washington USA M.A.N articulated transit coach. Bridgeview Illinois USA. October 2002.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
to all from Chicago, and the surrounding
This Christmas house was photographed
in west suburban Riverside Illinois in
December of 2006. It looks like Snoopy
and his buddy the Grinch, are having a
fine time out on the front lawn tonight.
Prior to Febuary of 1991, This is how I got around when I wasn't taking the bus, or -
riding in the back seat of My families car.
This blue "General New Horizon" 12 speed
mountain bike, gave Me dependable transportation and a great physique. It helped Me to keep My weight off for about 6 or 7 years.
This rail line ran between Chicago Illinois and Waterloo Iowa for approximately 11 years. The newly reorganized Illinois Central, bought the line back around 1996, and operated it as such until the big merger with the Canadian National Railroad in 1999. A trio of former Illinois Central Gulf diesel locomotives is bringing the train of mostly grain hoppers into Chicago Illinois.
La Grange Illinois. December of the year 1988
was actually mild and did provide a fair number of sunny days and no snowfall to be seen.
It was a brown christmas that year in the Chicago area.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Seen here adding a very "Festive" touch to My blog site, is a lovely Christmas Tree, at the Bridgeview Illinois public library. Located in Chicago's southwest suburbs, the Bridgeview library is one of the most up to date librarys,with one of the nicest and most helpful staff in Chicagoland.
According to the upper right side one...An approaching freight train heading to the Belt Railway of Chicago's interchange at Craigin Junction, has just recieved clearance to proceed.
Eastbound Canadian Pacific freight train. Hanson Park Metra station. Chicago Illinois USA. December 2006.
These populair "New" diesel locomotives are built by a company known as Motive Power Industries, wich is based in Boise Idaho.
are several examples of EMD and G.E diesel
locomotives awaiting servicing and maintainance. This is the Union Pacific -former Chicago & NorthWestern M-19 Diesel Locomotive shops.
This place is located on Chicago's westside at 400 North Pulaski Rd. This scene was photographed along West Kinzie Street looking northeast.
Friday, December 15, 2006
it was a very dangerous 5 above zero with sharp windchill factors around 10 below zero. It is a wonder My camera didn't freeze. There were frostbite advisories announced on the local radio stations.
Cold weather or not, the Kenosha electric streetcar system was still up and running. I took a couple of rides around the streetcar loop, and the car had very adequette heat inside. The streetcarr operates mostly on private grassy right of way. The sections of private right of way, had tall snowbanks on each side up to the bottom of the cars windows in some sections. The city was recovering from a recent lake effect blizzard. Kenosha Transit plows the streetcar right of way, with a small 2 axel Unimong truck. This vechicle is equipped with a wedge plow, and retractable "Hi Rail" wheels for track running.
It was a very windy and bone chilling 5 above zero in Kenosha on this day. Brrrrrrrr.
electric streetcar, now operated by Kenosha Transit. It was a very windy and blustery 5 above zero farenheight, when I took these winter photographs. It was wool hats -gloves -a scarf -
or a really good Ski Mask if You had one handy.
The crystal clear bright sunshine compensated for all that nasty bitter cold.
The tall snowbanks on the streetcar's private right of way, gives evidence of a recent and very heavy "Lake effect" snowstorm.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Seasons Greetings from Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
Here I am at work, on location in west suburban Forest Park Illinois. I had just finished servicing a Sales Account, and thought it would be fun to include an occasional "Mug Shot"of Myself here at My blog site.
I am employed working as an outside sales representative
for a local Chicago soft drink bottling company. Sales is a
challenging career to follow, but it does have it's rewards.
up Christmas / Holiday decorations from the word "Go",
and apparently, the merchants on Chicago Avenue in the suburb of Oak Park Illinois, are not an exception.
Christmas 2006 in Chicago, looks like it will be a very
festive and colorful season this year.
Seasons Greetings Everyone.
freight train , passing through suburban Elmwood Park Illinois. I just barely had enough time to pull over, and jump out of My car with a trusty digital camera in hand. The train is being pulled by two relatively new General Electric AC44 CW diesel locomotives.
Westbound CTA Blue Line train stopping at Oak Park Avenue station. Oak Park Illinois USA. November 2006.
We are in the village of Oak Park Illinois, just west of the Chicago city limits, and the evening rush hour commute is just begining for many people heading home from work. The Chicago Transit Authority rapid transit lines have already dispatched several 8 car rush hour trains on line.