Thursday, July 30, 2015
A former Grand Trunk Western Railroad EMD roadswitcher diesele electric locomotive waiting on a hold order. Franklin Park Illinois. July 2015.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A 1960's era Great Northern Railroad 40 foot grain service boxcar, wearing the GN's 1967 "Big Sky Blue" color scheme.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
A northbound CSX Transportation Company freight train waiting on a hold order. Franklin Park Illinois. July 2015.
If you could remember hit songs like this on the charts...then you had
a really cool childhood!
A large scale model of preserved Chicago Transit Authority, 1948 St. Louis Car Company PCC streamlined electric streetcar # 4391. Photographed at the Lyons Public Library. 4209 Joliet Avenue. Lyons IIllinois. July 2015.
The prototype # 4391, is preserved and operated today at the
Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
A former Grand Trunk Western Railroad locomotive, and a CSX Transportation Company freight train wait for clearance to proceed. Franklin Park Illinois. july 2015.
A westbound BNSF Railway transfer train traveling over the Belt Railway of Chicago near Midway Airport. Chicago Illinois. April 2015.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
A 1970's era Atchison, Topeka & Santa e Railroad local freight train, passing through an industrial district.
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.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Monday, July 13, 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.
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