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(via 0000.0535-AMTK 400 11-1993 | Amtrak F40PH 400 and mate 387 b… | Flickr)

Caption: “Amtrak F40PH 400 and mate 387 bring a train around the wye at Canal Street in Chicago, November 1993.”

Photo by Art Gross


(via 0360-IHB 8817 09-1998tif | IHB NW2 8817 rolls into Lakefront… | Flickr)

Caption: “Indiana Harbor Belt NW2 8817 rolls into Lakefront Yard in East Chicago, Indiana.“

September 1998

Photo by Art Gross


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.


Caption: “Santa Fe 543 zooming off to work in the yards south of Chicago Union Station in 1970. This locomotive survives today at the Illinois Railway Museum.”

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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.