Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Westbound Auto Rack train. Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. April 1987.

I took this classic railfan photo in April of 1987, at Hayford Junction. A westbound Auto Rack train slowly clatters over the "Then" double track Grand Trunk Western crosstracks located at West 75th Street and South Central Park Avenue, in Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood. Notice the Tri Leval Auto Racks in colors and markings of the now Fallen Flag railroads Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe and the Southern Railroad. The A,T & S, F merged with the Burlington Northern in 1995 creating todays BNSF Railway, while the Southern merged with the Norfolk & Western in 1982 creating todays Norfolk Southern Railroad. The blue bicycle in the background is Mine. I took photos at many of these locations in the 1980's arriving via My bicycle. The Grand Trunk Western single tracked their mainline through here in 1989.

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