Thursday, July 23, 2015

Welcome aboard "Eddie's Railfan Page!"

Coming to you from the city of Chicago Illinois USA!

1080p HD "Good Morning" ~ Singin' in the Rain (1952)

A former Grand Trunk Western Railroad locomotive, and a CSX Transportation Company freight train wait for clearance to proceed. Franklin Park Illinois. july 2015.

Photographed just south of the Grand Avenue underpass viaduct.

A westbound BNSF Railway transfer train traveling over the Belt Railway of Chicago near Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. April 2015.

A Kansas City Southern locomotive is leading this train.

The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston IN. Sept 2010.

An eastbound Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad transfer train passing tall lineside vegetation. Alsip Illinois. Late October 1990.

Cleveland Transit Peter Witt type stretcar # 401 passing Public Square. Cleveland Ohio. 1950.

New York Central Railroad streamlined Alco 4-6-4 Hudson type steam locomotive. An icon of 1940's era American passenger railroading.

Eastbound CTA Pink line train. Cicero IL. June 2015.

The San Antonio Zoo Train. San Antonio Texas. June 2014.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Illinois Northern Railroad Alco S 4 diesel switchers idling outside the enginehouse on a winter morning. Chicago Illinois. Circa 1960's.

I found this photograph on the internet recently.
I was born in the city of Chicago Illinois, during 1962.
A local Chicago industrial railroad I had grown up with,
was the Illinois Northern Railroad, which was partly owned
by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, and the -
International Harvester Company.
This industrial short line railroad, interchanged with the
parent company A,T & S, F at their Corwith Yard, and
on the east end with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Railroad at South Western and Blue Island Avenues.
The Illinois Northern was my neighborhood railroad, as
it switched the once numerous industrial spur sidings in
Chicago's Little Village neighborhood where I grew up
during the 1960's until 1972, when the Santa Fe had -
purchased the I.N from International Harvester, which
by then had already left the city of Chicago Illinois.
Online traffic dwindled on the former I.N during the
1970's and 80's. In 1996, the A,T & S,F and the
Burlington Northern Railroad merged, and became
today's BNSF Railway. The BNSF switched the
I.N branch, until approximately 2001, when it
contracted the Central Illinois Railroad, to switch
the remaining on line industries as needed. The
Central Illinois Railroad went defunct in 2010, and
the I.N branch portion from Corwith Yard to Western
Avenue, has been abandoned today.

Jim Reeves - Railroad Bum

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad switching local.

I took this photograph at the Oak Park Society of Model
Engineers,H.O Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park
Illinois. OPSME on Facebook.
My Athearn model of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railroad CF 7 Roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive,
is viewed operating a local freight train on the club layout.

Twilight at the BRC Clearing Yard. Bedford Park IL. 6-2015.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa e Railroad local freight train, passing through an industrial district.

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

A former Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad steam locomotive from Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, undergoing mechanical restoration. The Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indiana. September 2014.

For more information about this fun and very family friendly
attraction in northwest Indiana, log on to their website

A Norfolk Southern Railroad Tripple Crown Roadrailer train crossing Wolf Road. Des Plaines Illinois. September 2014.

Toronto Subways - 1

A two train meet at Stocton.

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

Hawthorne JCT. Chicago / Cicero IL. Aug 2011.

Intermodal switching operations, at the BNSF Railway Clyde Yard facility. Cicero Illinois. June 2015.

A rainy night in southwest suburban Bridgeview Illinois. July 2015.

I took this photograph one night earlier this week after work.

The bright lights of the Shell / Circle K convenience gasoline
station at the intersection of West 87th Street and South Harlem
Avenue, are reflected in the wet pavement after a heavy rain
storm passed through the area.

Monday, July 13, 2015

In loving memory of my beloved Stepfather, Mr Charles J. Sefrhans. 1927 -2015.

One of the kindest people I have come to know the last 44
years, was my Stepfather, Mr Charles J. Sefrhans.
"Charlie"or "Chuck" as he was known to many, lost his
battle with Luekemia on Saturday, July 4th, 2014. He
will be greatly missed, and was a very good role model
when I was growing up in Chicago during the 1970's.
Rest in peace Charlie. We all miss you.

Westbound CP train at dusk. Elmwood Pak IL. August 2011.

A Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad plug door box car. La Grange Park Illinois. Early March 1990.

Heading northbound aboard a Norfolk Southern Railroad
transfer train, traveling over the Indiana Harbor Belt
Railroad, near the 31st Street railroad crossing.

J. Neils Lumber Company Lima Shay steam locomotive # 5 pulling a caboose train at the Illinois Railway Museum. Union Illinois. July 1996.

SB CTA purple line train. Evanston IL. Aug 2011.

A tasty pizza promotion at Scatchell's Beef and Pizza. 4700 West Cermak Road. Cicero Illinois. June 2014.

Louis Jordan Singalong Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad freight train, is viewed passing the depot at Stocton.

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

A Chicago RTA ( Pre Metra) commuter train, idles between runs at Chicago's North Western Station. Chicago Illinois. January 1984.