Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad steam locomotive # 1385. The July 1983 West Chicago Railroad days celebration. West Chicago Illinois USA.

I took this photo at the West Chicago Illinois RTA (pre Metra) commuter rail station. A special operating visitor to the 1983 West Chicago Railroad Days Celebration, was former Chicago & NorthWestern 1907 built 4-6-0 steam locomotive # 1385, from the Mid Continent Railroad Museum in North Freedom Wisconsin. The # 1385 and two executive service EMD F-7 locomotives pulled a demonstration short excursion train for the festival. C&NW # 1385 was built at the American Locomotive Company plant in Schenectady New York in 1907, and worked in various parts of the C&NW system. It's final C&NW working assignment, was spotting ore cars at Escanaba Michigan in the mid 1950's. It has been lovingly restored.

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