It is the early Springtime on this partly sunny day in early April of 2006. The Canadian National acquired their subsidiary railroad GTW , and the former Illinois Central railroad in recent years. Like any railroad going through a transition period after reorganization of any kind after a merger, locmotives and color schemes from the predecessor railroads can be seen for a number of years afterwards.
These former GTW units, are seen idling on the ready tracks at the former Illinois Central Hawthorne Yard engine terminal, located in west suburban Cicero Illinois. This terminal is located on the former Illinois Central Iowa Division Mainline just ewast of South Laramie Ave.