Thursday, March 31, 2011

I spotted this wonderful Milwaukee Road photograph today, at My Link page Fallen Flags.Org to the right of Your computer screen.

For many years, the former Milwaukee Road utilized their classic 1950's era EMD First Generation passenger service E and F Series streamlined cab unit diesel locomotives on Chicago area commuter trains.

This photo was taken on July 19th, 1978 in Fox Lake Illinois. I believe that 1978 was proboubly the last year that Milwaukee Road had used these aging locomotives on Chicago area commuter trains. Soon brand new EMD model F-40PH locomotives wearing Chicago's RTA color scheme would be taking over.

Milwaukee Road locomotive # 33C shown here, is an EMD model E-9 locomotive used on pre and some post 1971 Amtrak passenger trains. This locomotive ended it's service career pulling Chicago area commuter trains.

Now for the good news! Locomotive # 33 C, is preserved today at The Illinois Railway Museum in the town of Union Illinois.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

IIRC the E's and F's were gone around 73/74 with the arrival of the SDP40's.
Milwaukee Road was one of the first(if not the first)to get rid of it's first gen commuter power through the pre RTA North West Suburban Commuter District(might be wrong on the acronymn).
C&NW's fleet was gone by the mid 80's,ICG's ex GM&O f3's went about late 70's very early 80's,not sure on when the N&W power got the gate,Rock Island's rolling museum pieces started to go by 78/79 and of course BN's E's were the first gen longevity champs with the mid 90's.