Monday, August 22, 2011

The merger that never materialized. A,T & S,F color schemes at Corwith Yard. Chicago Illinois. April 1987.

One of My all time favorite railroad photos I had taken when I used to live on the southwest side of Chicago during the 1980's, is this one I took back in April of 1987.

Talk about "Rare" subject matter.

Several locomotives are seen above the concrete viaduct, at the south hump of the now former Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad's Corwith Yard, located at West 47th Street and South Archer Avenue in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood.

Believe it or not....this is one of those random snapshots I had taken just for the heck of it.

It is just before sunset on a lovely Springtime evening, back in April of 1987. The Santa Fe and the Southern Pacific railroads, had been comtemplating a merger in recent years, and actually began painting several locomotives in the unique red "Kodachrome" color scheme with either SF or SP markings on the sides in bold yellow letters.

The merger was voted "No" by the Interstate Commerce Commision in 1986. Sorry, no merger. An interesting color scheme anyway.

The concrete viaduct bridge with the molded concrete railings, was jackhammered not long after I had taken this photograph. The molded concreete railings, would soon be replaced by an inexpensive chain link fence.

Eddie K.

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