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Views of the last Baltimore & Ohio Capitol Limited to depart Chicago Grand Central Station on the last day of operations there on November 8, 1969. On the next day, all B&O and C&O trains began operating out of the Chicago & North Western Terminal, as indicated on the bottom right of the sign in the last photo. The two station agents were apparently losing their jobs.

Chicago Grand Central Station was demolished in 1971. The site at Harrison and Wells in Chicago remains vacant to this day.

Photos by Joseph Petric

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Illinois Central Gulf locomotives at Alton Junction (21st Street Crossing) in Chicago on February 16, 1976

Illinois Central Gulf was formed in 1972 when the Illinois Central merged with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio. The top two locomotives seen here are still in GM&O paint schemes four years later.

Photos by Larry Irvin

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(via Central Station | Amtrak-B&O 1449 gets ready to depart from … | Flickr)

Caption: “Amtrak-B&O 1449 gets ready to depart from Central Station in Chicago on 3-5-72.”

March 5, 1972 was the last day any Amtrak trains ran out of Central Station. They then moved to Chicago Union Station where most other Amtrak trains were already based.

Central Station was the main passenger terminal for the Illinois Central Railroad. It stood on the south end of Grant Park. It opened in 1893 and was demolished in 1974.

Photo by Lee Hastman

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ICG - Van Buren Street Station by d.w.davidson on Flickr.

Illinois Central Gulf and South Shore Line trains at Van Buren Street station, looking north and south

Chicago

December 1982

Photos by D.W. Davidson

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Illinois Central postcards 001 by John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library

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(via 0297-WC 6618 04-1998iv | WC SD45 6618 leads a train on the I… | Flickr)

Wisconsin Central SD45 6618 leads a train on the Illinois Central at 18th Street in Chicago

April 1998

Photo by Art Gross

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(via Chicago, 21 MAY'67 | Illinois Central’s “Land o’ Corn”, from… | Flickr)

Caption: “Illinois Central’s Land o’ Corn, from Waterloo, Iowa, is hitting the diamonds of the NYC/Rock Island at 16th Street Tower.  The St. Charles Air Line is on the right.”

Chicago

May 21, 1967

Photo by Paul Enenbach

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(via Woodie on the end. | An IC wooden caboose trails an Iowa bou… | Flickr)

Caption: “An IC wooden caboose trails an Iowa-bound freight at 21st street.”

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Photo by Bill Raia

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(via IC Snowfighter train 4-3-88 83rd St yard 8 | This pair of Il… | Flickr)

Illinois Central 83rd Street yard on the South Chicago branch

April 3, 1988

Photo by John Smatlak

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(via NYC 4054 E8A+E8A Chicago,IL 2-80 | Mel Lawrence | Flickr)

New York Central 4054 E8A+E8A 

Chicago

February 1980

Photo by Mel Lawrence

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(via Nice Rear End | The Panama Limited flies by Lee’s freight at… | Flickr)

The Amtrak Panama Limited passing an Illinois Central Gulf freight train

Kankakee, Illinois

January 18, 1976

Photo by Lee Hastman

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IC and SF logos, Mendota, Randy Martens by Ray Tutaj Jr
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Caption: “The location is in the IC yard at Mendota just north of the depot. It appears that a train is on the Milwaukee Road track, the one with the SF boxcar. The IC box is on the main, perhaps waiting for the MILW to clear.”

c. 1997

Photo by Randy Martens

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(via WC at 18th | WC 6612 heads south on the IC at 18th street in… | Flickr)

WC 6612 and ex-Southern SD35 WC 2500 heading south on the IC at 18th Street in Chicago

May 1996

Photo by Mike Raia

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(via Chicago, 24 FEB'68 | Illinois Central westbound freight hits… | Flickr)

Caption: “Illinois Central westbound freight hits the diamonds of the NYC/Rock Island, out of LaSalle Street Station, at 16th Street Tower (out of view to the left).  A pair of GP9’s are providing the power, as the somber black GP9 is practically the only diesel seen on IC freights.”

Chicago

February 24, 1968

Photo by Paul Enenbach

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(via ICG 9568 & EMD 462, Woodcrest, IL | Sometimes you can get lu… | Flickr)

Caption: “This day was the unveiling of ICG’s new paint scheme, the gray and orange … at ICG’s Woodcrest engine facilities. They were just bringing it out and passed EMD’s F9 462 on the way.”

June 26, 1979

Photo by Bill Johnson

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Penn Central 4025 and 4224 by Marty Bernard
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Caption: “Shot from the Roosevelt Road Viaduct taken just before Amtrak Day on March 30, 1971. Most probably the Broadway Limited’s power. Almost looks like the PRR and the NYC are cooperating.”

Chicago

March 30, 1971

Photos by Marty Bernard