Monday, February 7, 2011

Rail Scene 1971

Approximately 40 years ago, we take a look back at what railroads used to be, just before AMTRAK takes over... and a little while after... through some great photographs from George Hamlin - Transportation Specialist. Thank you George!

Milwaukee Road - EMD E8(A) - Canal Street, Chicago, Illinois, April 29, 1971 - The second-last "Cities" streamliner prior to Amtrak begins its westward journey. Note lack of portholes on lead unit.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) - EMD FP45 - Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 1970 - "Super Chief / El Capitan" approaching its eastern destination, Dearborn Station.

Penn Central - EMD E8(A) - 18th Street, Chicago, Illinois, April 29, 1971 - The "Broadway Limited" matches a dismal day in appearance, two days before Amtrak.

Penn Central - EMD E7(A) - 18th Street, Chicago, Illinois, April 29, 1971 - Two days before Amtrak, the remant of the "Twilight Limited" presents a pretty sad picture.

Burlington Northern Railroad - EMD F3(A) - North of the station, Glenview, Illinois, May 09, 1971 - Early Amtrak behind an early F unit - Former Northern Pacific units pulling former Great Northern train.

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island) - EMD E8(A) - LaSalle Street Station, Chicago, Illinois, April 09, 1971 - At the south end of the station.

Illinois Central Railroad - EMD E9(A) - Central Station, Chicago, Illinois, April 09, 1971 - Ready for departure.

LINK: All pictures Copyright George W. Hamlin - Used with permission - To see many more great pictures, visit George W. Hamlin's Website.


Major Pepperidge said...

As a native Chicagoan, I love these photos!

Andrew said...

I enjoy seeing how Chicago rails used to look. I have ridden passed that point at Canal Street in the 1st pic many times on commuter rail. Here is an example of how it looks now:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

And the Pizza is great too Major!

Thanks for the link Andrew. Great shot. Much appreciated!