Monday, April 16, 2007

CSX Transportation west 16th Street industrial switching local. Cicero Illinois USA. March 2007.

This is one local Chicago area freight train operation that is both elusive, and still capable of an occasional surprise encounter or two. Seen here looking out of My drivers side window in My car, is the CSX Transportation switching local ,that serves the industries along west 16th Street in suburban Cicero Illinois USA. Seen here heading eastbound at the south Laramie Avenue railroad crossing, is an EMD SD40-2 from a leasing company. Lease units occasionally show up on this industrial switching local. The loads are generally heavy, so six axel units such as this one show up frequently on west 16th Street. This is a slow speed line with lots of bell ringing and horn tooting for the frequent grade crossings. This line runs adjacent to west 16th Street mostly on private right of way.

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