Wednesday, November 20, 2013

1970's era ICG train with a former G,M & O engine and caboose.

I photographed this digital live sound video recently, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois.

It's fun to imagine that it is either late 1972 or early 1973 once again, as the Illinois Central and the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad had recently merged in August of 1972, thus becoming the "New" Illinois Central Gulf railroad.

My train shown here, captures the look and feel of those early merger era ICG trains, as a locomotive and caboose acquired through the merger from the former G,M & O, are being operated on this ICG train prior to eventual repainting. Some former G,M & O equipment wore their 1950's , 60's and early 1970's factory color schemes until they were eventually retired or sold to other railroads during the mid to late 1980's.

I lived approximately one mile north of the ICG in my old neighborhood during the 1970's and 80's.

Eddie k.

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