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Top: A C&WI combine from the midday commuter train has been left at the Dolton depot on Lincoln Avenue while the RS1 completes a runaround move prior to returning to Dearborn Station.

Bottom: The RS1 has runaround the combine and the markers have been moved to the other end of the car. The train is seen returning to Dearborn Station and is crossing the manually protected crossing at 138th Street.

Photographer unknown (Dan Murray collection)


Commuter trains passing Mayfair Tower in Chicago during the evening rush hour

Top: Chicago & North Western commuter train crosses the diamonds while a Milwaukee Road train waits in the distance (today this is the Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line)

Middle: Milwaukee Road commuter train with locomotive in original paint scheme (today this is the Metra Milwaukee District North Line)

Bottom: Milwaukee Road train with locomotive in transitional paint scheme (later to become RTA, then Metra)

August 31, 1976

Photos by Paul F. De Luca


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Caption: “Illinois Central GP10 8413 leads two more Paducah Geeps and a freight south at 18th Street in Chicago in August 1998.”

Photo by Art Gross


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Union Pacific locomotive leading a joint Milwaukee Road / Union Pacific passenger train out of the north side of Chicago Union Station. Note the Chicago River and the Marina City towers in the background.


Northbound Amtrak Abraham Lincoln passing JO Tower at South Joliet, Illinois, consisting of equipment from at least five different railroads:

  • Locomotives from Penn Central (former New York Central), GM&O, and Union Pacific
  • Consist including an NP coach, UP coaches, a UP dome coach, a UP diner-lounge, and at the rear, CB&Q dome parlor observation SILVER TERRACE

March 1973

Photos by Joseph Petric