Monday, October 01, 2012

Gulf, Mobile & Ohio red box car and caboose.

I took this photograph last week Wednsday night, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.o Scale Model Railroad Club.

A popular railroad that operated on the near southwest side of Chicago when I was just a kid growing up in Chicago during the late 1960's and early 1970's era, was the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad. The G,M & O as it was known as, operated just south of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and passed through the southwest suburban towns of Forest View, Summit as well as Willow Springs , Lemont and Joliet Illinois to name a few of several locations around the greater Chicagoland area.

Seen here are my Athearn models of a 40 foot red (1960's era) G,M & O box car, and a wide vision caboose from the same railroad.

On August 10th. 1972. the G,M & O and the Illinois Central merged and became the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.

These two cars demonstrate how either a late 1960's era G,M & O freight train may have looked like, or an early post 1972 merger era early ICG train may also have looked like.

Eddie K.

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