Monday, March 21, 2011

Central Illinois Railroad EMD switchers. Chicago Illinois USA. March 2011.

I took this photo last week, in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

The Central Illinois Railroad, was a shortline railroad company that was leasing the former Burlington Northern industrial branchline, that operated in an area known as "The lumber yard district" alongside West Cermak Road in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

In July of 2010, the Central Illinois Railroad decided to discontinue their lease of the line with the BNSF Railway, due to low revenue and lighter than expected rail traffic. Seen here still parked on what was originally a wye switch inside their locomotive storage yard at 918 West Cermak Road in Chicago, are the two Central Illinois Railroad EMD SW 1200 yard switrchers sitting in limbo.

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