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.