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Caption: “We’re standing on the 16th Street bridge on the St Charles Air Line in Chicago. Facing west, we can see the Air Line headed for Union Avenue, the next interlocker on the line. Amtrak trains would make their reverse movement here to get to Union Station. To the right, you can see the switch leading to the original B&O passenger mains and can barely make out the CPL signal governing movement onto the Air Line. Just out of sight is a matching bridge that was used to get to the B&O’s Grand Central Station and yard that still saw some service back in 1980. Behind us is 16th St tower, or Clark Street as we used to call it.”

Chicago

May 6, 1980

Photo by Bill Johnson

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A Chicago cop is accused of framing 51 people for murder. Now, the fight for justice.
Chicago Police Detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing at least 51 people for murder. When a group of mothers, aunts and sisters found that no officials — not the state’s attorney’s office, not the mayor’s office — wanted to take up their cause, the women went in search of justice themselves.
By Melissa Segura

Next week a man convicted in one of Guevara’s most dubious cases will be in court for what could be his last chance at freedom. Will prosecutors continue fighting to keep Roberto Almodovar behind bars?

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The Empire State Express, engine 999, as seen (top) outside the train station at Watertown, New York in the 1950s, and (bottom) on display at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 2003.

“The Empire State Express was one of the named passenger trains and onetime flagship of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad (a predecessor of the later New York Central Railroad). On September 14, 1891 it covered the 436 miles (702 kilometers) between New York City and Buffalo in 7 hours and 6 minutes (including stops), averaging 61.4 miles-per-hour (98.8 km/h), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h)” (from the wikipedia entry)

The Watertown train station has been demolished, replaced by a parking lot.  Top photo was an uncredited submission to a facebook page.  Bottom photo by Sean Lamb.

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Caption: “Two South Shore MU’s, the ‘modernized’ 108 and a partner still in the original configuration, handle a mid-day train.  They’re southbound at the 130th Street curve, where they will turn east for Michigan City.”

Chicago

May 6, 1980

Photo by Bill Johnson

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 Model Monday: Building with LEGOs

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago created its “Brick by Brick” exhibit to make the ideas behind large and complex structures more accessible. With models built entirely from LEGOs, the show emphasizes the aspects of play at work in architecture. The museum asked design firms and schools to use the beloved plastic blocks to imagine new models for sustainable building. Our contribution, titled “More with Less,” represents an abstract structural network of bricks that can be scaled to an array of building typologies. Shown here are some of the study models created during the design process for the final exhibition, on view at the museum until September.

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Remember These at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry? by Marty Bernard
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Two scans from slides in Roger Puta’s Reject Box. CB&Q Pioneer Zephyr 9900 on July 7, 1962. This is America’s first diesel-powered streamliner. Next to it is the German U505 submarine. The Zephyr has been renovated has a display area in the parking garage. I went to Google Earth and Google Street View but can see neither the Greman U-Boat nor the Santa Fe Steam Engine.