Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Chicago Surface Lines car # 1374 built in 1904. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois USA. June 1993.
Seen here is Chicago Surface Lines (A CTA predescessor)
electric streetcar number # 1374. This car was built in 1904 by the St. Louis Car Company, and used in trolley passenger service until approximately the mid 1940's. It spent it's final years in M.O.W or "Maintenance of Way" service as a work motor, mainly as a winter Salt Spreader on Chicago's streets.
After several years of restoration, this car now operates today.
Chicago Transit Authority 4000 series rapid transit car. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois USA. June 1993.
1920's era CTA Elevated Rapid Transit car. Just for the sake of having some creative "Fun"...I decided to shoot a roll of "Black and White" 35 MM film that day. My photographs look like a
summer daydream from the past. The old 4000
series CTA car is rounding the interchange curve and is heading to the high leval 50th Avenue CTA rapid transit station from suburban Cicero Illinois. The Junction tower in the background was relocated from Spaulding Illinois, and is now a museum display for visitors.
Preserved Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad electric interurban coaches. The Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois USA. June 1993.
survive today as a bicycle trail in north suburban places like Winetka and Ravinia.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Welcome aboard another edition of My blog site
"Eddie's Railfan Page", wich comes to You from the city of Chicago Illinois USA. Seen here is an inbound Amtrak "Hiawatha Service" passenger train from Milwaukee Wisconsin, enroute to it's terminal destination at Chicago Union Station. This is on the Metra /CP Rail former Milwaukee Road "North Line", wich has commuter train service to Fox Lake Illinois. The locomotive seen here, is actually a Baggage car with a control cab. This was originally a late 1970's vintage EMD F-40PH passenger locomotive. At some time during the 1990's as their age was starting to show mechanically, Amtrak removed their diesel prime mover, and converted several of these veteran locomotives into cost saving Baggage Control Cab Cars to save time in terminal operations. On the other end of the train is a General Electric P-40 Genesis Series passenger diesel locomotive pushing the inbound Amtrak train to Chicago Illinois.
Unfortunately, My digital camera batteries died on Me just as the Amtrak was approaching from the west. Dang it! However...This scene made it all worthwhile in the long run.
aka Cermak Road, in Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood. The large factory in the background is the Commonwealth Edison Throop Street generating station. At some point after the 1995 A,T&S,F /BN merger, the new company BNSF decided that it didn't need this industrial branchline anymore, and sold it to DRS Rail Services. I have a few photographs from November of 1983, of the former Burlington Northern RR switching a siding on South Paulina Street west of Ashland Avenue on this line.
I photographed this lovely winter morning scene, in frigid sunshine conditions. The small hills and large abundance of trees, make this photograph appear to be out in the country. Actually, it is on Chicago's westside. The snow along this industral branchline give this photograph a very Christmas
card sort of a look and feel.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Welcome aboard "Eddie's Railfan Page"from the city of Chicago Illinois USA.
Todays photographs were taken in late March of the year 1985 on a gloomy -Sunday? I forgot.
Anyway...Here I am just days away from My 23rd birthday on a fun and educational railfan excursion sponsored by the Illinois Railway Museum, located in Union Illinois. The old 1950's vintage 6000 series rapid transit cars were in their final years of operation in Chicago, and were gradually being "Phased out" over the next 6 years or so. Some were only being used during off peak hours. Others had been demoted into "Maintenance of way" service. Within the next year or so, many would wind up in various railroad museums. I grew up in Chicago with these cars.
"The snowflake special", and operated all over the entire CTA rapid transit system, except for the "Skokie Swift line" wich is todays 'Yellow Line" rapid transit, and "Still" does not operate at all on the weekends. I believe that this photograph was taken at the Western Avenue station on the old "Douglas Park L", wich in 2007 is the CTA "Pink" line.
"The snowflake special". It was a nice way to enjoy a gloomy Chicago weekend.
This was our charterred excursion train in the new terminal facility.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Here I am at My job, driving to My sales accounts.
I work as an outside sales representative for a local
Chicago soft drink bottling company. Outside sales
is a career I honestly love. When I am on location, I
occasionally find places to come back to later on, to
photograph the many nice transportation photos
that You see here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
My career comes first, the train photos come later.
Fresh air and sunshine, thats for Me.
These trains are travelling over the three track Indianna Harbor Belt Railroad. I took this photo
on west Harding Avenue just east of La Grange
road Route # 12 /45.
trackage rights on the Canadian Pacific RR
former Milwaukee Road mainline.
former Soo Line caboose that has become
a victim of the Ugly side of urban railroading.
The sun is setting to the west as the train heads to Craigin Junction.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
CTA Route # 53A South Pulaski Rd bus arriving at south terminal on w 111Th Street. Chicago Illinois USA. December 1986.
Welcome to "Bus Day" here at Eddie's Railfan Page. Today we will view some old and new photographs of Chicago Transit Authority buses.
I took this photograph from the southeast corner of west 111Th Street and south Pulaski Road, in Chicago's "Mount Greenwood" neighborhood. This is an older early 1970's era GMC bus in the eastbound turning or "Only" lane on south Pulaski Road. Once the driver gets the green turning arrow signal, he will enter the south terminal on west 111Th street approximately one block east on the south side of 111Th Street.
The old GMC coaches were rolling out their last years in service at this time.
Chicago Transit Authority's Forest Glen Garage on North Elston Avenue. Chicago Illinois USA. January 2007.
Until I found out that these buses were made by the company known as "Optimus"...I had mistakenly referred to them as "Baby Nova's".
Buses 30 feet or less in lenght like this are referred to by bus fans as "Baby Buses".
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
This is the south hump of the former Santa Fe Corwith Yard on Chicago's southwest side. We are looking east on south Archer Avenue at the intersection of west 47Th Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood community. This old concrete viaduct is showing years of heavy use -errosion -missing concrete from years of being hit by tall semi trailers -and a floor that was lowered sometime during the early 1990's to accomodate them more easily. The EMD roadswitcher coupled immediately to the double stack container cars is in the pre 1995 A,T&S,F blue and yellow "Yellowbonnet" color scheme, while the unit ahead of it is in one of the later and more recent BNSF color schemes seen daily here.
Former Burlington Northern RR locomotives on the south hump. BNSF Railway's Corwith Yard. Chicago Illinois USA. January 2007.
The locomotive to the right has a large Burlington Northern logo still on it's nose.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I had a fresh roll of 35mm Kodak asa 100 speed film and a trusty Pentex M.E Super camera in hand ready to record some scenes of Chicago winter railroading.
Chicago had experienced a heavy morning snowstorm, wich had just stopped less than an hour ago when I arrived at Hayford Junction.
Seen here is a Belt Railway of Chicago track maintenance crew shoveling out a track switch.
GTW freight train approaching interchange connection. Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. January 1987.
This is an example of Chicago Winter Railroading after a passing snowstorm.
Eastbound Norfolk Southern Railroad freight train. Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. January 1987.
snowstorm struck the city of Chicago this day.
An eastbound Norfolk Southern RR freight train has just recieved clearance from the dispatcher, and is seen passing the busy snow shoveling crew. The morning weather was bad that day, but the afternoon winter railfan photography could not be beat.
Eastbound GTW freight train waiting for clearance. Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard. January 1987.
Monday, January 22, 2007
December of 2006 was a very happy time for Myself and My wife and family.
December 2006 started out with a heavy snowstorm on Friday December 1st, and I had plenty of winter Christmas Card style snow scenes for two weeks at least. Shortly after that, Chicago's weather turned mild and springlike for the rest of the month of December. We had a Muddy Christmas instead of a white one. Still...I had a lot of happy railfan memories to share from December of 2006.
I have never seen a color scheme like this.
It's like a Psychadelic Great Northern.
Far out man. Groovy. (Yeah -right.)
A westbound Metra commuter train prepares to head into a lovely winter sunset, taking many people home for the night.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Luckily I photographed the tower back in April of 1984, because it was demolished by 1990.
Seen here heading south to Clearing Yard at 70th and Knox Street, is a BRC Maintenance dept foreman about to pass over the crosstracks.
I attended nearby Curie High School from the years of 1977 to 1981. 55Th Street Jct is a much different place in 2007.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Southbound Canadian Pacific freight train at Hawthorne Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. January 2007.
Chicago winter railroading in the 21st century.
The crew on this train saluted Me with a toot on their air horns and a friendly wave.
Northbound Canadian National freight train on the Belt Railway of Chicago. Hawthorne Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. January 2007.
Hawthorne Junction is located just east of the suburban village of Cicero Illinois.
Eastbound Canadian Pacific covered hopper train. Hanson Park Station. Chicago Illinois USA. January 2007.
junction, the CP Rail train will proceed south to the Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard, in southwest suburban Bedford Park Illinois USA.
A light snow was falling at the time of this photo.
the intersection of w Fullerton Avenue and n Pulaski Rd on Chicago's northside.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A blast from the past! Manufacturers Junction Railroad interchange local. Chicago Illinois USA. January 2007.
I photographed this scene at Hawthorne Junction, wich is at the Chicago city limits with the suburban village of Cicero Illinois. This crosstrack junction is where the north /south Belt Railway of Chicago line, crosses the Canadian National Railroad's former Illinois Central Iowa division mainline. Seen here on the northbound interchange curve track, is a 3 car local that the MJ Railroad has picked up from the CN Hawthorne Yard in Cicero Illinois. The MJ is a little industrial shortline approximately a little over a mile long. The grassy hill seen in the background is the abandoned Bel Aire Drive In movie theatre at w 31st Street and s Cicero Ave.
"Lemont Safety Village", wich is located on the east side of Lemont -adjacent to the Illinois and Michigan Canal near the north bank of the old waterway. Lemont is a nice town to visit and is
located in the vicinity of the citties of Lockport -
Willow Springs -Romeoville -and Joliet Illinois.
Westbound Norfolk Southern Railroad locomotives on BNSF trackage. Mc Cook Illinois USA. January 2007.
I have been seeing a lot of Norfolk Southern "Run Through" and transfer operations on the BNSF lately, as well as their engines mixed in with BNSF units on freight trains. A possible merger?
of EMD roadswitchers making up an intermodal container train. The lead unit is in the EMD Demonstrator / Lease -color scheme, while the 2nd unit is in the current BNSF color scheme.
Bright sunny days like this require one to wear
sunglasses to help one cope with bright glare conditions associated with sun and snow.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Welcome to Eddie's Railfan Page.
I took this photograph one morning in January of 2007, as I was leaving My home to go to work.
A new day was begining, and I was fortunate enough to capture the beautiful bright colors the rising sun projected onto the cloud formations.
This view is looking east on George Street.
If one uses their imagination, this could be a scene out of the song "Beautiful Morning" wich was a big hit recording for the 1960's pop music group known as "The Rascals" back in 1968.
Yes, it was a beautiful morning, and a great day.