Thursday, January 27, 2011

Eastbound Union Pacific extra. Mount Prospect Illinois.

I photographed this very unique digital live sound video on location, at the Metra commuter rail station in northwest suburban Mount Prospect Illinois during My morning lunch break.

The Metra / Union Pacific northwest line to Harvard Illinois, is a former Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad mainline that sees more than two thirds of it's daily rail traffic, in the form of Chicago's Metra commuter rail trains.

Although there actually is a marginal degree of on line freight traffic on this route, freight trains are actually a somewhat rare sight on this particular Chicago area railroad line. Most everytime I am around this route, all I usually see, are Metra commuter trains.

Seen here slowly approaching and passing through the Mount Prospect Illinois Metra commuter rail station, is a very short Union Pacific Railroad switching local being pulled by two EMD model GP 15 light roadswitchers. This freight train is running as an extra during off peak commuting hours. Notice the former pre 1995 Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad bay window caboose bringing up the rear of the train.

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