Got to see Modern Baseball, The Front Bottoms, and Brand New with my best friend last night. We road tripped from St. Louis to Milwaukee and it was so worth it.
Picture are of us before and after, and my favorite picture I took of each band.
I had such a great time. Two of my favorite bands toured with each other, and I also really like Brand New. This was pretty much a dream concert.


Caption: “Milwaukee Road / Soo Line Lakewood branch (C&E North Line) switcher alongside the Lakeshore Athletic Club at Fullerton. Despite ‘No Parking’ signage advising that Tuesdays and Thursdays were ‘train days’, this was a common occurrence. The crew had the number for a local tow truck company and they were only too happy to come out and whisk the car away. Then the train resumed making its way to Peerless Confection a few blocks away to deliver a tank car of corn syrup.”


May 6, 1986

Photos by John Smatlak

Caption: “MILW 807, a passenger GP9, handles switching chores near Chicago Union Station as afternoon rush hour approaches. The Geep is moving a group of commuter bi-level coaches and cab cars toward the station for outbound trains.“


June 5, 1979

Photo by Bill Edgar

Milwaukee Road Over Lincoln Hwy DeKalb, IL by waynemegaman
Via Flickr:
Background info: The Ilinois Iowa & Minnesota (I I & M) was the original line built 1904-05 connecting the Illinois cities of Momence - Joliet - Aurora - DeKalb - Kirkland - Rockford. The successor was the Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary (C M & G). It was also often referred to, as “The Gary Line”. By this time, the section north of Kirkland had been abandoned and this branch connected with the Milwaukee Road main-line at Kirkland. This view is looking eastward as Milwaukee Road Steamer powered by engine 944, is working its way south over the Lincoln Hwy Underpass. This train just came out from Kirkland, through Wilkinson Station then passed DeKalb’s out-skirts at a southeastern angle, to this crossing over the Lincoln Hwy. From here, the tracks bent more easterly as they headed towards Aurora, Joliet and ended just south of Momence, IL. It is my understanding the route to Gary was never completed. It is also known that the Chicago Aurora & DeKalb Interurban passed through the north side of the underpass. Today this underpass is long gone and this is the location of the Peace Rd & Lincoln Hwy (Rt 38) intersection. I just found a Timetable dated March 1907 for the C M & G Railway and have to share the link:

Early Amtrak train led by Milwaukee Road locomotives heading north out of Chicago Union Station

Note the Merchandise Mart, IBM Building, and Marina City towers in the background


January 1972

Photographer unknown (collection of Bruce and Mark Vogel)