Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Roller blading and roller rinks program to air in May on "The Larry and Mike Show". Comcast Public Access Channel 19 in the greater Chicagoland area. With special guest "Eddie K" from Eddie's Railfan Page!

 
Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
As you may have become aware in recent times, aside from my trains
and transportation interests, I am also an avid inline roller blade
skating enthusiast. I love to head to the park, and go roller blading
when the weather is nice outside.
 
I will be appearing for one month in May, on the popular local
Chicago area Comcast Public Access Channel  # 19 program,
known as "The Larry and Mike Show". The show times for
May 2015, are Saturday nights at 8:30 PM, and Sunday nights
at 7:00 PM. I will be appearing as a guest, on a show that
features roller blade skating, and Chicago area roller rinks
of the past, and present.
 
If you are in to roller skating, please stay tuned in May, to
the Larry and Mike Show, on the Comcast Public Access
Channel, Channel 19 in the greater Chicagoland area.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A 1960's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad local freight train crossing the tall steel trestle, aka "Winston bridge" on the club layout.

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

The forgotten Normal branch of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company's "Englewood" rapid transit line, at West 69th Street. Circa 1946.

 
From the internet.


 

A westbound Union Pacific Railroad freight train waiting on a hold order. River Forest Illinois. April 2015.


4-4-0 AMERICAN - AN OLD WEST IRON HORSE_ HD


A northbound CSX Transportation Company freight train at sunrise. Bridgeview Illinois. Late March 2015.

 
Waiting on a hold order south of the West 87th Street highway
overpass bridge, and traveling over the Indiana Harbor Belt
Railroad.

A gravel / quarry business on the club layout.

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A May 1990 fan trip sponsored by the Central Electric Railfan Association, aboard the former Illinois Central "Hi Liner" electric commuter trains. Chicago Illinois. Unknown southside Chicago location.


Chicago's old Manual steam era Brighton Junction. (Gone -Replaced) Photographed in early April of 2007.

 
For many years, one of my all time favorite railroad junctions
I had enjoyed visiting, was the old steam era Brighton Junction
near South Archer and Western Avenues, at the border of -
Chicago's Brighton Park and Mc Kinley Park neighborhoods
on the southside of Chicago.
 
Long obsolete, this old manually dispatched railroad junction
from the steam era, complete with mechanical semaphore -
signals and a wooden operator's shack, was closed in early
July of 2007, and upgraded with new signals, and remote -
dispatching. It was a place where new double stack trains,
met steam era railroading of the past.
 
I still can't believe, that I took this photograph 8 years ago.

Chicago Trolleys 1956-1958


The Burlington Northern Railroad, Clyde Yard locomotive terminal. Cicero Illinois. November 1988.

 
I took this photograph, way back in November of 1988.
 
It was a lovely late autum afternoon with mild temperatures
and plenty of sunshine. I was out enjoying a Saturday ride
on my 12 speed mountain bike that day.
 
This photograph was taken facing north along West 31st
Street, north of the intersection of South Ogden Avenue
in west suburban Cicero Illinois.
 
Today, this is a BNSF Railway facility.
 

A late 1950's/ early 1960's era Santa Fe local freight.


Belt Railway of Chicago EMD locomotive # 308 pushing a cut of cars up to the top of the hump at Clearing Yard. Bedford Park Illinois. december 2014.


Monday, April 20, 2015

A former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad Alco RS 1 diesel locomotive acquired through merger in 1972, leads an early 1970's era Illinois Central Gulf Railroad local freight train.

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

San Francisco's Cable Cars (in HD)


A tow boat and barges heading east along the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. April 2015.

 
Photographed from the South Harlem Avenue bridge at the
Chicago city limits. Chicago, Summit and Lyons Illinois.
 

Chicago Railroads in the 1960s DVD Trailer


A two locomotive, three car Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad switching local. Chicago Illinois. February 2015.

 
 
Slowly approaching the West 55th Street railroad crossing west
of South Central Avenue, near Chicago's Midway International
Airport on an overcast winter afternoon.
 
This train was traveling over the Belt Railway of Chicago, and
was returning to the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's Argo Yard,
in nearby southwest suburban Summit Illinois.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An early Conrail switching local at work, circa late 1970's era.

 
From the internet.

A former G,M & O Alco RS 1, leads a 1972 merger era ICG freight.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad EMD yard switcher diesel locomotives at work, circa 1970's era.

 
I found this photograph from the defunct Rock Island
Railroad on the internet. (No location given.)
 
Two Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad EMD SW 1
yard switcher locomotives, are viewed at work coupled
M.U (Multiple Unit) together.
 
The engine to the left, is wearing the late 1960's era -
maroon and yellow color scheme, while the locomotive
to the right, wears the bright red and yellow color
scheme introduced around 1970.

A westbound Chicago Transit Authority blue line train, passing Oak Park Avenue. Oak Park Illinois. July 2006.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Coming soon to the Larry and Mike Show, on Comcast, Public Access Channel 19 in the greater Chicagoland area, Eddie K on Roller Blading and Roller Rinks!

 
Hi everyone, this is Eddie K, your host and photographer
here at Eddie's Railfan Page.
 
I will be appearing soon on "The Larry and Mike Show", on
Comcast Public Access Channel 19 in the greater Chicagoland
area in upcoming weeks. The show air date to be announced.
 
It turns out, that some interest has been expressed recently,
about my roller skating and outdoor roller balding activities.
 
We will be doing a show about roller blading, with some on
skate runby footage of me, at West Park in Des Plaines Illinois.
 
Stay tuned for further details.
 
Thanks.
Eddie K.

A westbound BNSF Railway transfer train heading to Clearing Yard over the Belt Railway of Chicago. Chicago Illinois. Wednsday, April 15th, 2015.


Riding the shay powered steam train at the Hesston Steam Museum. Hesston Indiana. August 1984.

 
I took this now rare and historic photograph, during an August
1984, Railroad Club of Chicago fantrip excursion to the Hesston
Steam Museum in northwest Indiana. www.hesston.org
 
One year after I took this photograph, the museum's engine
house building burned to the ground on the opening day
weekend in May of 1985. The museum's 1927 built Shay
steam logging locomotive sown here, suffered bad damage,
and the wooden cars in this photo, were destroyed by the fire.
 
This very family friendly operating museum attraction, has
since rebounded very nicely. The Shay locomotive has since
been mechanically restored as well.

The Santa Fe in the 1980's


The Chicago Transit Authority's orange line terminal yard, at Chicago's Midway International Airport. April 2015.


Two freight trains meet on the mainline curve.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. January 2015.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad local freight train approaching Cass Avenue. Westmont Illinois, circa mid 1960's.


CSX Freight Trains


Philadelphia Suburban Transit 1940's era double ended suburban PCC electric streetcar. photographed on Orange Street at the end of the line. Media Pennsylvania, circa 1970's.


CB&Q 504 with Freight/Caboose train at IRM

CB&Q 504 with Freight/Caboose train at IRM
  
to view this video, please click on the link shown below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWlc9AwvNYc

Preserved Southern Pacific Railroad 0-6-0 steam locomotive # 1221. On display at Demming New Mexico USA.

 
The Southern Pacific Railroad, operated steam locomotives
in regular service, until the mid 1950's. The SP had also
preserved many steam locomotives for display at various
museums and on line towns that were served by the SP.
 
Everyday average work horse steam locomotive # 1221,
was donated to the town of Demming New Mexico in -
1960, after many faithful years of terminal and switching
work on the railroad.

A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad local freight train, passes over the big bridge.

 
Photographed at the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers,H.O
Scale Model Railroad Club in Oak Park Illinois. OPSME on
Facebook. January 2015.
 
The locomotive, is an Athearn H.O Scale model, of a Santa Fe
EMD CF 7 light roadswitcher diesel electric locomotive.

Friday, April 10, 2015

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

 
If you enjoy photographs of buses, be sure to also check
out my other bus site "Bus Fan's Boulevard" on
Facebook.
 

Milwaukee County Transit System


The Chicago Transit Authority bus terminal at South Kedzie Avenue and West 63rd Place, in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood. Chicago Illinois. December 1985.


LAMTA SCRTD Flxible New Look buses 1961-1993


Greyhound, Canada motor coach bus. Circa 1970's era.

 
From the internet site "Northern California Bus Fans."

Memphis Street Railway Pilman Standard electric trolley bus. Memphis Tennesee. Circa 1950's era.

 
The city of Memphis Tennesee like many other cities in
North America, experimented with electric powered
trolley buses. The electric powered trolley buses, operated
in daily transit service in Memphis Tennesee, from 1931
until 1960.

Roy Clark "Thank God And Greyhound"


RTA (Chicago area) 1974 General Motors 35 foot fishbowl windshiled transit bus.

 
One of the most succesful North American transit buses
from the 1960's and 70's era, were the General Mottors
Corporation's TDH Series "New Look" or "Fishbowl
Windshiled buses, introduced in 1959.
 
The former West Towns Bus Company in Chicago's
western suburbs, had acquired severAL 35 foot TDH
models, and ordered more after the Chicago RTA was
formed and began operations in 1974. These buses lasted
in service, until retired in 1993.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

A northbound CSX Transportation Company freight train. Bridgeview Illinois. March 2015.

 
Springtime was just mere days away on the calendar, when I
took this photograph one morning at sunrise, in southwest
suburban Bridgeview Illinois.
 
A northbound CSX Transportation Company freight train that
was traveling over the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, is viewed
waiting on a hold order, just south of the West 87th Street
highway overpass bridge on a cold late winter morning.

The Lawrence Welk Show: Dance To The Bunny Hop!



Hi everyone!
This is Eddie K, Your host and photographer here at Eddie's Railan Page.

Happy Easter once again. To help celebrate this annual springtime event,
lets have a little fun. Here is an old 1950's era video clip from the
Lawrence Welk Show. Lets form a line, and do "The Bunny Hop" dance.

A late 1960's / early 1970's era Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad caboose hop crossing the Missisippi River lift bridge.

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

The Chicago Transit Authority's orange line rapid transit terminal yard. Chicago Midway International Airport. Chicago Illinois. March 2015.