COMMUTER RAILROADS IN THE 1970'S - PHOTOS

(NORTH AND WEST OF CHICAGO)

These photos were originally taken during the 1970's, using a Kodak Instamatic camera. The scanned images have been cropped from the original square photos, with no significant loss in image content.


View from the front of an inbound Chicago and North Western (now Union Pacific) North Line train in 1976, passing through the Rogers Park area of Chicago's north side, when this segment had three tracks and semaphore signals.


View from the front of an inbound Chicago and North Western (now Union Pacific) Northwest Line train in 1975, between Harvard and Woodstock. With left hand operation, the signals would be to the left of the track governed. Nevertheless, standard right hand semaphore signals were used which would actually tumble towards the track. The semaphores were replaced with light signals in 1976.


View from the front of an inbound Milwaukee Road North Line train in 1974, at Northbrook. Coming from Chicago the opposite way is Amtrak's "Empire Builder", with a then new SDP40F locomotive leading. Because of instability problems at high speed, the SDP40F's were traded in a few years later for F40PH's.


A Milwaukee Road North Line train at Fox Lake, September, 1974. F40C #40 was six months old at the time, and would later be renumbered by Metra to #600. At the time, many midday trains including this one ran with ony one car.


The Hollywood station, near Brookfield Zoo, as seen from a Burlington Northern train in 1972. The station unfortunately has since been demolished.


View from the front of an inbound Burlington Northern train in 1973, at Clarendon Hills. This was prior to the rebuilding of the BN commuter equipment. An old E8 is leading a westbound commuter train, behind the E8 is a coach/generator car, converted from a heavyweight coach/baggage car. Prior to rebuilding of the bilevels, those generators provided power for lighting of the bilevels.


In 1998, six years after retirement, rebuilt Burlington Northern E9 locomotive 9920 was at the Illinois Railway Museum briefly, before being moved to Keller, Texas, for display.