TRAIN WATCHING IN CHICAGO

MISCELLANEOUS RAILROADS

A sampling of miscellaneous train activity in the Chicago area, mostly during the mid 1990's.


Looking south from the Roosevelt Road overpass towards the Amtrak yard, south of Union Station. Former Seaboard System SW1500 #1124 is seen switching for Amtrak.


Indiana Harbor Belt SW1500's #9206 and #9211 with an eastbound train through Hammond, approaching Gibson Yard, in 1993.


Activity on the former Pennsylvania Railroad SC&S Branch is rare. But Indiana Harbor Belt SW1500 #1507 proceeds through the Hegewisch neighborhood with a short train, in 2013.


A Canadian National freight train heads east through La Grange, with trackage rights over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, in 1999.


In 2012, an interesting trio of locomotives back a Chicago Rail Link freight train into the former Rock Island yard in Blue Island. Chicago Rail Link is now owned by Omnitrax, which owns additional short lines throughout the country, and has shifted some locomotives around among the different properties. The train is moving from left to right. And the locomotives from left to right are Kettle Falls International GP35 #2501, Omnitrax GP7 #4438, and Chicago Rail Link GP50 #5100.


The winter of 1994 was rough on the Metra Electric District, with snow causing damage to the traction motors of many cars. The Metra Electric cars were subsequently rebuilt with more effective traction motor blowers, reducing the chances of such problems in the future. But for a few days in 1994, Metra borrowed a four car train from the South Shore Line to alleviate rush hour equipment shortages. Car #37 leads the train southbound through 53rd Street in Chicago, a "Metra" sign has been taped in the front window to the right.


Metra visits the Illinois Railway Museum. On May 16, 1998, the 20th Century Railroad Club chartered a Metra train for an excursion to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, operating via the former Chicago and North Western's Belvidere Subdivision. The train is seen unloading, with North Shore Line car #160 visible.