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(via Fillmore and Western Railway Excursion Trains: Steam Locomotive 14, F7A, and more)

Caption: “Wisconsin & Calumet’s train to Janesville comes through Morton Grove at Oakton Street with F7 901 leading ex-Chessie and GTW geeps on an August 1992 evening.”

Morton Grove, Illinois

Photo by Lou Gerard

This locomotive was built in 1949 for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. It eventually found its way to the Wisconsin & Calumet, a railroad that existed from 1985 to 1992, when it became part of the Wisconsin & Southern.


WICT 901 on the Dump with SOO 6044 (train 571) by Steve Zahn
Via Flickr:
“On most Sunday afternoons in the early 90s, the ‘Wicket’s’ (Wisconsin & Calumet) turn from Clearing Yard to Janesville could be seen working its way north on the ex-Milwaukee Road North line. The Wicket’s motive power was always a treat, as you can see here. Sunday, August 8, 1992 was no different than any other Sunday, except on this date, things got a little tense on the Milwaukee North line due to a downed power line on the tracks between Northbrook and Deerfield. The CP dispatcher needed to single-track his trains around the mess, and he instructed the Wicket to reverse at A20 and back his train onto 'the dump’, which is the connection with the CNW New Line. This series of shots depicts this never-to-happen-again occurrence. And by the way, while all this was unfolding, there was plenty of activity overhead with Navy jets landing at nearby Glenview Naval Air Station, which closed in 1995.”

Techny, Illinois

August 8, 1992

Photos by Steve Zahn