Friday, April 11, 2014

A 1950's and 60's era Illinois Central Railroad caboose hop. Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club. Oak Park Illinois. March 2014.

A sight many local Chicago area railfan's had grown up with on the south and near southwest side of Chicago during the 1950's and 60's era, were the many switching locals operated by the Illinois Central Railroad.
My train shown here, is made up of an older 1990's era Life Like Proto 2000 Series model
of an Illinois Central Railroad EMD SW 900 yard switcher diesel electric locomotive, painted
in the Illinois Central's pre 1967 black and white color scheme with the green diamond logo on the sides of the locomotive cab. The caboose is a 1940's era steel Illinois Central side door cupola caboose, also painted in the Illinois Central's pre 1967 solid red caboose color scheme.
During 1967, the Illinois Central had switched to a modernized and very striking at first orange
and white color scheme on their locomotives, with black lettering and a "New" I.C "Split Rail" corporate logo. Their cabooses also received a new modernized solid orange color scheme, split rail corporate logo, and the slogan "Mainline of Mid America."
My train represents an Illinois Central Railroad caboose hop or switching local, as they looked prior to 1967.
Eddie k.

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