Thursday, April 05, 2007

A speeding Chicago bound Amtrak train from Milwaukee Wisconsin. The Metra Forest Glen commuter rail depot. Chicago Illinois USA. March 2007.

I captured this image of an Amtrak train speeding to Chicago Union Station, at the Metra Forest Glen commuter rail depot on north Elston Avenue. This little flagstop depot, is located on Chicago's far northwest side near west Foster and south Cicero Avenues. I had just finished taking an order for a convenience store down the street, and decided to stop in and visit the commuter rail station. What timing! I was no sooner up there, and heard the distant tooting of an Amtrak trains airhorns. Soon the headlight was in view shining brightly and gaining on the depot. I quickly snapped this high speed photo from the northbound platform. The locomotive on the head end, is actually a "Former" locomotive. This is a late 1970's vintage EMD F-40PH passenger diesel, still in the early 1980's Amtrak "Phase 3" color scheme . The locomotive was recently converted into a baggage control cab car. The locomotive controls were retained, but the carbody was gutted and made into a baggage car with a control cab. Pushing the train to Chicago on the rear end , is a General Electric P-42 Genesis Series passenger diesel locomotive.

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