Central Illinois Railroad # 1206 coupled to the west end of the photo freight train. Chicago Illinois. Friday, October 31st, 2008., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
I took this photograph back in late October of 2008.
A local Chicago industrial shortline railroad known as the Central Illinois Railroad, was hosting a special open house event on their railroad for photographers on this day, which allowed for many great behind the scenes photo opportunities of a working railroad.
The start of the show, was recently repainted Central Illinois Railroad EMD SW 1200 yard switcher locomotive # 1206, which was painted in to the 1950's era colors of the former pre 1970 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. This scene was photographed near the South Wood Street railroad crossing near South Blue Island Avenue, in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood on the very near southwest side of the city.
The Central Illinois Railroad, was leasingthis industrial branchline from the BNSF Railway at the time of this photograph. Prior to 1970, the former C,B & Q had switched the industries on this line, using EMD yard switchers wearing the same color scheme as locomotive # 1206 shown here.