Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page! Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!


Steam Trains at Speed


BNSF Railway switchers at work. Hodgkins Illinois. Wednsday, December 24th , Christmas Eve day, 2014.


A former Burlington Northern Railroad (1970's era) covered hopper being humped. Photographed at the Belt Railway of Chicago's Clearing Yard. Bedford Park Illinois. December 2014.


James Last - Orange Blossom Special


The abandoned Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad's "I.N / ex Illinois Northern Railroad industrial branchline. CChicago Illinois. June 1984 and December 2014.


 
One Chicago railroad line that I consider my "Neighborhood Railroad",
was the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad's I.N or former Illinois
Northern Railroad industrial branchline, which would switch the
once many on line factory spur sidings, in Chicago's Little Village
neighborhood Monday thru Friday, during the 1970's and 80's.
 
I grew up just a few city blocks from this rail line. Hard times in
the wake of the 1996 A,T & S,F and Burlington Northern merger,
would find the BNSF Railroad lease the line to DRS Rail Services
in the year of 2000. The line was eventually cut back to West 31st
Street, and just switched as needed. The BNSF Railway, has since
abandoned this once busy rail line. The reacks and crossing signals
have since been removed.

O Gauge Modular Layout at the Western Kansas Model Train Show in Hays, K...


Interior view of a cupola inside a preserved 1981 vintage Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad wide vision caboose. The Santa Fe Prairie Nature Preserve. Hodgkins Illinois. December 2014.

 
Well folks, another great year has come and gone here at my blogsite
Eddie's Railfan Page. This is the end of the line for 2014 postings.
 
See you in 2015 with more trains and transportation photos.
 
Thank You. Happy New Year everyone!
 
Eddie K.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Welcome aboard the "Bus Day" edition of Eddie's Railfan Page!

 
This will be the final bus day photo edition here at
Eddie's Railfan Page for 2014.
 
A special thank you goes out, to all the wonderful people
out there, who not only enjoy photos of trains and other
transportation subjects, but have continued to support
my website here since it began in February of 2006.
 
Thanks everyone!
See you with more occasional bus photos in 2015.
 
Your friend
Eddie K.

First Transit , Chicago Midway Airport rental Car Shuttle bus # 1210 in the Departures Terminal, at Chicago's Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. December 2014.


A chartered motor coach bus, heads east on West 55th Street at the intersection of South Meade Avenue. Chicago Illinois.

 
Photographed on a rainy afternoon in December of 2014.

W B CTA Rt # 152 Addison Street bus at night. Chicago IL. Aug 2012.


A Chicago Transit Authority GM bus in the transit terminal at West 63rd Street and South Ashland Avenue. Chicago Illinois. 1974.


The amphibious "Seal"sightseeing vehicle. San Diego California. June 2013.


A Continental Air Transport, "Go Airport Express" Ford Econoline Series passenger van bus.

 
Photographed in the arrivals terminal, at Chicago's Midway
International Airport. Chicago Illinois. December 2014.

A Phoenix Transit General Motors TDH "New Look / Fishbowl Windshield transit bus. Phoenix Arizona circa, 1970's?

 
From the Link Page web site Northern California Bus Fans.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page! Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

 
Happy Holidays Everyone!

A former Burlington Northern Railroad covered hopper car. Hodgkins Illinois. Wednsday, December 24th, 2014. Christmas Evev day.


Eastbound Metra local departs Riverside IL. Dec 2013.


Chicago, Aurora And Elgin Railroad electric interurbn coach # 401 at Elgin Illinois. 1955.


A New York Central Railroad switching local with a transfer caboose. Elkhart Indiana. October 1966.

 
This photograph was found on my Link page Fallen Flags.Org
www.rr-fallenflags.org. Dennis Schmidt photograph.

A BNSF Railway switching local at work. Hodgkins Illinois. Wednsday, December 24th (Christmas Evev day) 2014.

 
Photographed facing south, at the East Avenue railroad crossing.

German Winter Steam Train Scenes in Snow, 9 Jan 2009


Belt Railway of Chicago EMD roadswitcher locomotive # 308, working the hump at Clearing Yard. Bedford Park Illinois. December 2014.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eddie and friends get together, for a group Christmas pizza outing at Chesdan's Pizza. Orland Hills Illinois. Tuesday, December 16th, 2014.

 
Left to right. Tom Gill's son Christopher, Big Ed Moravec,
Tom Gill, Sharon Skita, Uncle Jimmy, Jim Skita, Myself.
 
We had a great time, and really good Chicago style pizza.

A northbound Canadian Pacific Railroad freight train, heads for the Belt Railway of Chicago, West 68th Street wye junction. Chicago Illinois. December 2014.


Skokie Swift 50th Anniversary


A 1960's era Gulf, Mobi;e & Ohio Railroad freight train, enters the Missisippi River lift bridge.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale
Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. December 2014.
OPSME on Facebook.

Bangor And Aroostook Railroad EMD BL 2 locomotive # 50. Bangor Maine. July 23rd 1967.

 
From the internet site Fallen Flags.Org

Santa Fe freight rounding a curve.


Wisconsin Southern locomotives on the hump, at the Belt Railway of Chicago, Clearing Yard facility. Bedford Park Illinois. December 2014.


Barking Dogs - Jingle Bells


A northbound Canadian Pacific Railroad freight train, enters the Belt Railway of Chicago's West 68th Street wye junction. Chicago Illinois. december 2014.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Season's Greetings everyone, from Eddie's Railfan Page! Happy Holidays to all from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!


An eastbound Chicago Transit Authority green line train at sunset. Chicago Illinois. November 2006.

 
Photographed near West Lake Street and North Kenton Avenue
on the west side of Chicago Illinois.

A hot cup of coffee helps to pass the time on a hold order at Brighton Junction. Chicago Illinois. January 1988.


A westbound Metra local commuter train, departing the Hanson Park station at sunset. Chicago Illinois. December 2006.


Westbound Belt Railway of Chicago 1960's era Alco C425 diesel locomotives running light through Hayford Junction. Chicago Illinois. January 1987.


Amtrak & NJ Transit Kick Up Snow at Hamilton!! 1/3/14


A westbound Metra local commuter train arrives at the Riverside Illinois station. October 1998.


The Choo Choo Express indoor children's train ride. Photographed at the Westfield, Chicago Ridge Mall. Chicago Ridge Illinois. December 2006.


Winter Steam on the Sumpter Valley Railroad


Northern Pacific Railroad 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotive # 2177. Dilworth Washington. December 28th, 1939. Gary Everhart collection.

 
I found this classic American steam era locomotive photograph,
at my Link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right
of your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
 
The Northern Pacific Railroad, which is one of the predescessor
railroads that make up today's might BNSF Railway, was a late
user of steam locomotives. Operating them in to the mid 1950's
in daily revenue operations, and in to the late 1950's on steam
powered mainline fantrip chartered excursion trains.
 
Locomotive # 2177 shown here, was a passenger service engine,
and more than likely, brought many families and relatives on
Christmas holiday visits, to friends and relatives houses from
Minnesota, to the Pacific northwest states.

Cannonball Christmas (1963) Carols in Petticoat Junction


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An eastbound CSX Transportation Company freight train, passes through Western Springs Illinois at sunset. September 2006.

 
Traveling over the BNSF Railway.

Looking south on Main Street near sunset. Memphis Tennesee. September 2007.


The Chicago Transit Authority's orange line terminal and yard at Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. june 2008.

 
The balloon track on the north end of the yard, along the south
side of West 55th Street.

Stopped by a Canadian Pacific freight train on West Lake Avenue. Glenview Illinois. Early March 2008.


A westbound Canadian National freight train with former Illinois Central locomotives up front, passing through Hawthorne Junction. Chicago / Cicero Illinois. June 2007.


A Chicago bound Amtrak passenger train, passing through west suburban Cicero Illinois. September 2007.


A 1960's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad freight train crossing the Missisippi River.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. December 2014.
OPSME on Facebook.

An eastbound Canadian National local freight train, passing through North Riverside Illinois. December 2007.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page! Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!


Lionel and MTH O27 Gauge trains operating on the old demonstration layout, at the Berwyn's Toy Trains and Models Hobby Shop. Berwyn Illinois. June 2007.


The Old South Shore (America's Last Classic Interurban Railway)


A green block signal at night on the Norfolk Southern ex Wabash Railroad mainline. Oak Lawn Illinois. September 2006.

 
I took this night time railroad photo in Oak Lawn
Illinois, back in September of 2006.
 
We are facing east / northeast near South Central
Avenue. There was no train activity at the time,
but the green block signal looked nice against the
nocturnal setting anyway.

Eastbound BNSF Freight whith 8 engines. Riverside IL. Aug 2012.


Fellow club member Henry Kranz's 1950's era Rock Island / General Motors Aerotrain arriving at the Stocton depot.

 
I took this photograph this past Wednsday evening, at the Oak Park
Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak
Park Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
 
One of the more unique streamlined passenger trains of the past, that
once roamed the rails of the greater Chicagoland area, were the light
weight General Motors built Aerotrain streamliners built in the 1950's.
 
The former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, used these light
weight streamlined passenger trains, in Chicago to Joliet commuter -
train service, until the mid 1960's. Two partial sets of the prototype -
have been preserved. One is at the National Railroad Museum in -
Green Bay Wisconsin, while the other is at the National Museum of
Transport on Kirkwood Missouri.
 
Thanks Henry.
 
Eddie K