Thursday, April 05, 2007

The former Santa Fe -"I,N"-Illinois Northern switching local at work. Chicago Illinois USA. May 1984.

I took this photo in May of 1984, at approximately west 28th Street just east of south Kedzie Avenue, in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Seen here during happier times, is the 5 day a week switching local that the Santa Fe operated on the 6 mile industrial Illinois Northern branch, on Chicago's near southwest side. Prior to the total 1972 takeover by the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe, this was the Illinois Northern shortline railroad. The old I,N was a Santa Fe subsidiary, and operated Alco end cab "S" series switchers in tbe black and silver Santa Fe 1950's era -"Zebra Stripe" color scheme. Today, this line is operated by DRS Rail Services. The line has been cut back to Spaulding Avenue by west 31 Street, and the portion shown here is now abandoned.

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