Thursday, February 26, 2015
I joined the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O Scale
Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois, back in January of
2011. here is a photograph from my early days as a fellow
I grew up on the near southwest side of Chicago during the 1960's
and 70's era, and I model the trains I seen during this period. Here
is my 1960's era Illinois Central Railroad switching local, post 1967.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad , General Electric 44 Ton diesel locomotive # 8302. Bound Brook New Jersey. April 1973.
I found this historic early 1970's era American railroad photograph
at My link page Fallen Flags.Org, which is located to the right of
your computer screen at www.rr-fallenflags.org
Railfan photographer Carl Greffchen JR, photographed the B & O's
little General Electric 44 Ton center cab diesel electric locomotive
# 8302 at work in April of 1973, at Bound Brook New Jersey.
Modern diesel locomotives from the Norfolk Southern and BNSF Railway idling. The Belt Railway of Chicago Clearing Yard. Bedford Park Illinois. December 2014.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Kansas City Southern Railroad 4-4-0 steam locomotive # 140 on passeger train. St. Charles Louisianna. Circa 1932.
Unknown photographer. From the internet photo site
Fallen Flags.Org www.rr-falleflags.org
Grand Trunk Western EMD yard switcher locomotive # 1501. Flit Michigan. August 20th, 1977. Dennis Schmidt photograph.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
A southbound BNSF Railway transfer train traveling over the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, waits on a hold order. Bridgeview Illinois. January 2015.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A two car westbound Chicago, Aurora And Elgin Railroad electric interurban train at the Wheaton Station. Wheaton Illinois, Circa 1950's era.
From the internet site "New Dave's Railpix."
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A former Chicago & NorthWestern diesel locomotive, leads a Union Pacific Railroad, empty unit coal train. Elmhurst Illinois. July 1996.
An early 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf Railroad local freight train, crossing the tall steel trestle.
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comments are always welcomed here. Please.."Hop on board."
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Photographed at the Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois.
July 1996. www.irm.org
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always appreciated, as are positive comments.
A classic EMD CF 7 powered 1970's and 80's era local freight
train from the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad,
is viewed passing the large wooden tower near the big bridge.
This photograph was taken at the Oak Park Society of Model -
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club, in Oak Park Illinois
in January of 2015. OPSME on Facebook.
Monday, February 09, 2015
I took this photograph last autum, at the Oak Park Society of
Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak
Park Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
Seen here, is my 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe -
Railroad local freight train, being pulled by my Athearn -
model of a Santa Fe early round cab rebuilt EMD CF 7
roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive, wearing the 1972
"Yellow Bonnet"paint scheme.
I photographed this video recently, at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,
H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
Normally used on the spare 4' x 8' guest layout, is this donated vintage AHM
model, of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad J.W Bowker 1875 Baldwin 2-4-0
steam locomotive. The prototype is preserved, at the California State Railroad
Museum in Sacramento California. It appeared in the 1939 movie "Union Pacific"
I like this locomotive which is no longer in production. I would eventually like
to purchase one of these second hand, perhaps replace the motor, add electrical
pick ups to the tender wheels which do not have any on this model, add a sound
DCC decoder, and definitely repaint the model in to a more realistic looking
paint job from the 1800's era.
Here is the non DCC AHM J.W Bowker, making a runby on the club's main layout.
Chicago, South Shore And South Bend Railroad ex Chesapeke & Ohio EMD GP 7 # 1504. Michigan City Indiana. May 26th, 1980. Alan Gaines photograph.
I found this historic photograph from the Chicago, South Shore and
South Bend Railroad at My Link Page Fallen Flags.Org, which is
located to the right of your computer screen at
Although the Chicago, South Shore And South Bend was an electric
powered interurban railroad operating between Chicago Illinois and
South Bend , hauling both freight and passenger trains via the high
voltage overhead catenary wires, the railroad was beginning to haul
some of it's freight traffic behind diesel locomotives by the 1960's.
During many visits I made to Michigan City Indiana beginning in the
mid 1970's, I fondly recall the railroad using these former C & O EMD
GP 7's, pulling long freight trains through downtown Michigan City
Railfan photographer Alan Gaines, photographed former C & O EMD GP 7
# 1504, at the railroad's Michigan City Indiana shops in May of 1980. The
Chicago, South Shore And South Bend ceased all electric freight operations
in 1981, and now the railroad's freight trains, are 100 percent diesel pulled.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
A scene right out of 1972 and beyond.
A former Illinois Central Railroad EMD SW 900 yard
switcher diesel electric locomotive, still wearing the
pre 1967 black and white Illinois Central colors and
markings, pulls an early merger era Illinois Central Gulf
local freight train across the tall steel trestle on the club
This photograph was taken at the Oak Park Society of
Model Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in
Oak Park Illinois. February 2015.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
An eastbound CSX Transportation Company freight train, approaches downtown La Grange Illinois. Monday, February 2nd, 2015.
A place that was very near and dear to my heart when I was growing up in
Chicago Illinois during the 1970's, was a fun family attraction located in
southwest suburban Justice Illinois near Willow Springs, known as
Playland Park was a family owned amusement park, that was in business
from approximately 1949 until 1979. I visited this place a handful of times
with my family during the 1970's. Playland Park closed at the end of the
1979 season for good, and is now the site of the Sterling Estates trailer park.
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page entitled "Chicago's Western Suburbs."
This is an open group page, that I am sure you will enjoy seeing.
Please feel free to submit photos or comments if you have any.