Thursday, August 21, 2008
Gray former 1990's era Illinois Central covered hopper. Hawthorne Junction. Chicago / Cicero Illinois USA. June 2008.
I spotted this old weather beaten former Illinois Central covered hopper
in transit on a southbound Canadian National transfer train. This train
was heading southbound to the huge Belt Railway of Chicago Clearing Yard
facility, in southwest suburban Bedford Park Illinois. This train is traveling
over the Belt Railway of Chicago's north and south trunk line, and is crossing
the Canadian National ex Illinois Central crosstracks at Hawthorne Junction
at the Chicago city limits. This was the last color scheme that Illinois Central
had used on some freight cars prior to the 1999 merger and acquisition by the
Canadian National railroad.