Wednesday, March 23, 2011

EMD switchers from the Central Illnois Railroad. Chicago Illinois USA. March 2011.

I took this photo recently, at what had been the locomotive storage yard and Chicago headquarters, of the shortline railroad Central Illinois Railroad.

The Central Illinois Railroad was suffering from low and very disappointing on line revenue, and decided to vacate their Chicago operation in July of 2010, wich was leasing an industrial railroad branchline from the BNSF Railway in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

The on line switching operations, were returned to the BNSF Railway, but somehow....the two Central Illinois Railroad locomotives remained inside the former storage yard at 918 West Cermak Road in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

The BNSF Railway is presumed to be operating the line with these two locomotives. The plastic 5 gallon hardware store buckets on top of the locomotive smokestacks, are there to help keep the rain, snow and wet weather Chicago is known for, out of the engine block.

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