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The water tank for the steam generator (to heat the cars) in the first unit is being filled. In the far distance you can see the cars of the train that ...

This is the train from Ottawa. The water tank for the steam generator (to heat the cars) in the first unit is being filled. In the far distance you can see ...

These are the cars from the Montreal train.

These are the cars from the Montreal train.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

Burlington Northern locomotive 9914 and her train had already been to Chicago and were returning to bounce at Lisle, IL. I took this photo at 7:35 am.

And Roger can go get warm.

She has a High Green, her headlight is out, and her engineer has abandoned her for the bi-level cab car. She is pushing with everything she's got.

It's now 7:50 am, the Lisle passengers have boarded and are reading their newspapers. No smart phones. She is pushing her train back to Chicago and will ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | Railroading | Pinterest | Union station, ...

The train consisted of SD70MAC 4007, a Holland America Tours car, and five Princess Tours cars. The cars are self contained and required no electricity from ...

The Montreal cars (right) and Ottawa cars are coupled together to make up the train for Toronto.

Here the DEX is passing Potter Bird Sanctuary (foreground) just south of Anchorage at 4:07 p.m. Above the train is the Turnagain Arm of Cooks Inlet.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

This is from the Downers Grove Historical Society. The men in the foreground are restoring one of the tracks to get the railroad partially operating.

Number 10 is loved at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington (WW&F) Railway Museum located in Alna, Maine. She runs Saturdays and many Sundays April through ...

The first unit is a GP30R. It was wrecked and put back together with a GP35 body and Alco trucks from a trade-in. Here's two more photographs of the train ...

The freight arrives first and soon I don't even know if the Plametto is at the station. Then I spot it stropped over some gondola cars.

The crew continues to wye the locomotive. I didn't chase the DEX north to Anchorage. I waited and chased the Coastal Classic north.

The first three shots are in front of the Museum's Depot between runs of the car.

She has a High Green, her headlight is out, and her engineer has abandoned her for the bi-level cab car. She is pushing with everything she's got.

At 9:11 p.m. it is back at Portage using the wye so it can pull the train back to Ancorage Yard cab first. In the foreground the higher track in the ...

Geeps 8, 3, 2001, and 13 are about to pull in Charlotte, NC on October 27, 1968. 2001 is a GP38. The following pictures show the other units on the train.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

I caught this detour from the Southern Railway moseying through Ashland in August 1969. The white flags mean was an "Extra". It's a backlit northbound.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

The next photo from 1964 is looking back at these staircases and gates. The black arrow points to one of the skylights in the concourse.

The train has cleared the block next to the camera. The aspect on the double arm signal is equivalent to a yellow signal which tells an engineer in a train ...

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad of Alamosa, CO has a wonderful observation-lounge car from the Illinois Central Railroad. The diamond drumhead on the rear ...

Here Are Some More Passenger Trains

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union

I also caught a couple of Southern passenger trains detouring through Ashland. I wish I knew what southbound train this F3A is leading. It's late evening.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: Major Passenger Train Wreck,

RailPictures.Net Photo: FXE 3192 Ferromex EMD SD40 at El Centro, California by Matthew Griffin

This was the east bound East End Way Freight (other roads would call it a local) on July 15, 1966. The way freight seemed to run weekdays in both directions ...

RF&P 855 Coach, SCL West Palm Beach Sleeper, and SCL Cumberland County Sleeper

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: June 2013

Here the train has made its station stop and has looped back heading west toward the RF&P/SCL junction.

The crew continues to wye the locomotive. I didn't chase the DEX north to Anchorage. I waited and chased the Coastal Classic north.

To try to justify the train the Seaboard Coast Line added priority freight on the end of the train as did other railroads during that period.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

At 9:11 p.m. it is back at Portage using the wye so it can pull the train back to Ancorage Yard cab first. In the foreground the higher track in the ...

The Rock Island desired a locomotive that could look like an integrated part of the train during the Chicago-Limon portion of the route, but could then be ...

Tour End

This is the Silver Star which ran between New York City and Miami. The RF&P handled the train between Washington, DC (90 miles north of Ashland) and ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

And Roger photographed the train about to depart .

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: Major Passenger Train Wreck,

While MERR has a handful of locomotives, FL9 488 seems to be doing all the passenger work this summer. Here she is with the first westbound train in a cut ...

Seaboard Coast Line's E6s

I'm not much for swearing, but sometimes it's necessary. I guess that neutralizes the prayer. I look back. I can't see the end of the freight.

Here is it just after I made it.

The one blade signal shows the block ahead is occupied.

Because of a sharp curve the trains go slow through there. But the noise is still significant. Today there is about one train every 2 hours.

This old building made me go around the block, take a picture, then stand there and stare. Hey, it's a railroad's building!

It was an effort to help them along the road from being a club to being a museum. I am a member. I have added a few comments of clarification in square ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

And about 45 minutes later arrived at SPUD, which is to the left.

In this first picture the rear cars of the train (behind the leafless trees) are moving east but the diesels have entered the loop and are momentarily ...

I no doubt handled the waybills for the car. I doubt I knew anything about that NS. Didn't know I'd be photographing it by the end of the decade and 50 ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: October 2012

As the diagram shows three trains, all passenger, were at Montgomery at the time of the wreck. An eastbound Rock Island waiting at a home signal (a signal ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

The double blade now shows the block next to the camera is occupied.

7:43 a.m. I arrive in Kettle Falls and find the Job in the yard putting the train together.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

The second northbound Downeaster of the day, #683 called at Saco, ME 20 minutes beyond its 1:05 pm time.

Image result for santa fe passenger trains in fresno Rock Island Railroad, Bnsf Railway,

This is looking back from the front of the depot at the light rail station.

The first three shots are in front of the Museum's Depot between runs of the car.

In the tiny village of Huntdale, NC, up in Appalachia is a Free Will Baptist Church, Established in 1900.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: Major Passenger Train Wreck, Montgomery, IL, September 27, 1964

... history of how trolleys changed the lives of people in Maine and to learn what past forms of transportation can teach us about contemporary issues and ...

The leader is a GP40-2 from GATX Railroad Locomotive Group bought new in March 1969 by the Baltimore and Ohio RR.

The two-foot gauge Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine has one of the most unique rail cars anyplace.

Side Note

The Burlington's Pioneer Zephyr. Shiny Locomotive you have here.

CB&Q F3A 122D headed for Clyde Yard, just outside Chicago with a typical freight of that era of mostly box cars through Westmont on June 25, 1965.

Classic Trains Magazine - Railroad History, Vintage Train Videos .

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | chemin de fer en 2019 | Pinterest | Chemins

From out front of the station's head house, i.e., the waiting room, ticket office, newsstand, and baggage room, the lower Manhattan skyline and the ferry ...

And again south of Potter at 4:25 p.m.

To try to justify the train the Seaboard Coast Line added priority freight on the end of the train as did other railroads during that period.

At that time the railroad that handled the passenger trains south of Richmond was the Seaboard Coast Line (SCL). Often its power was used on the RF&P ...

What do you do when you get to the end of the line? From the middle of the car you crank down the turntable as this young lady is doing.

I first photographed the DEX just south of the Wasilla depot at 2:25 p.m. (above two photos)

While Alco RS3s were not rare in 1965, one pulling a suburban train was. The Rock Island had a couple of hand fulls. Here 487 pulls an inbound.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | Railroading | Pinterest | Union station, ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | Railroading | Pinterest | Union station, ...

Finally a town that's railfan friendly: Bangor, Maine

Behind her is a transfer of piggy-back cars to the small downtown piggy-back yard the Rock Island had near the Loop.

The last freight car goes by. Yes! It's still there. Click! Click! Toot toot! Click! Click! (-:

Let's Take a Tour

The version of the song by Vaughn Monroe charted at #11 in September 1956. Maybe we can rewrite the song to "The railroad came up the aisle.

The water tank for the steam generator (to heat the cars) in the first unit is being filled. In the far distance you can see the cars of the train that ...

This is the train from Ottawa. The water tank for the steam generator (to heat the cars) in the first unit is being filled. In the far distance you can see ...

She has a High Green, her headlight is out, and her engineer has abandoned her for the bi-level cab car. She is pushing with everything she's got.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

These are the cars from the Montreal train.

These are the cars from the Montreal train.

The train consisted of SD70MAC 4007, a Holland America Tours car, and five Princess Tours cars. The cars are self contained and required no electricity from ...

And Roger can go get warm.

Burlington Northern locomotive 9914 and her train had already been to Chicago and were returning to bounce at Lisle, IL. I took this photo at 7:35 am.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965

It's now 7:50 am, the Lisle passengers have boarded and are reading their newspapers. No smart phones. She is pushing her train back to Chicago and will ...

Burlington Northern locomotive 9914 and her train had already been to Chicago and were returning to bounce at Lisle, IL. I took this photo at 7:35 am.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | Railroading | Pinterest | Union station, ...

Here the DEX is passing Potter Bird Sanctuary (foreground) just south of Anchorage at 4:07 p.m. Above the train is the Turnagain Arm of Cooks Inlet.

This is from the Downers Grove Historical Society. The men in the foreground are restoring one of the tracks to get the railroad partially operating.

The Montreal cars (right) and Ottawa cars are coupled together to make up the train for Toronto.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

Number 10 is loved at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington (WW&F) Railway Museum located in Alna, Maine. She runs Saturdays and many Sundays April through ...

The first unit is a GP30R. It was wrecked and put back together with a GP35 body and Alco trucks from a trade-in. Here's two more photographs of the train ...

The freight arrives first and soon I don't even know if the Plametto is at the station. Then I spot it stropped over some gondola cars.

The first three shots are in front of the Museum's Depot between runs of the car.

The crew continues to wye the locomotive. I didn't chase the DEX north to Anchorage. I waited and chased the Coastal Classic north.

She has a High Green, her headlight is out, and her engineer has abandoned her for the bi-level cab car. She is pushing with everything she's got.

Geeps 8, 3, 2001, and 13 are about to pull in Charlotte, NC on October 27, 1968. 2001 is a GP38. The following pictures show the other units on the train.

At 9:11 p.m. it is back at Portage using the wye so it can pull the train back to Ancorage Yard cab first. In the foreground the higher track in the ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

I caught this detour from the Southern Railway moseying through Ashland in August 1969. The white flags mean was an "Extra". It's a backlit northbound.

The train has cleared the block next to the camera. The aspect on the double arm signal is equivalent to a yellow signal which tells an engineer in a train ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad of Alamosa, CO has a wonderful observation-lounge car from the Illinois Central Railroad. The diamond drumhead on the rear ...

The next photo from 1964 is looking back at these staircases and gates. The black arrow points to one of the skylights in the concourse.

Here Are Some More Passenger Trains

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: June 2013

Picture 15: The first train through using the "Sheep Yards" track down and through the yard and back up to the Aurora Depot.

I also caught a couple of Southern passenger trains detouring through Ashland. I wish I knew what southbound train this F3A is leading. It's late evening.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: Major Passenger Train Wreck,

RailPictures.Net Photo: FXE 3192 Ferromex EMD SD40 at El Centro, California by Matthew Griffin

This was the east bound East End Way Freight (other roads would call it a local) on July 15, 1966. The way freight seemed to run weekdays in both directions ...

Missouri Pacific's Texas Eagle at Little Rock Arkansas train station

Southbound From Vermont Via NECR To Springfield, MA and Points South Via CSX

The crew continues to wye the locomotive. I didn't chase the DEX north to Anchorage. I waited and chased the Coastal Classic north.

To try to justify the train the Seaboard Coast Line added priority freight on the end of the train as did other railroads during that period.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

At 9:11 p.m. it is back at Portage using the wye so it can pull the train back to Ancorage Yard cab first. In the foreground the higher track in the ...

The Rock Island desired a locomotive that could look like an integrated part of the train during the Chicago-Limon portion of the route, but could then be ...

Tour End

This old building made me go around the block, take a picture, then stand there and stare. Hey, it's a railroad's building!

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I Have Known

This is the Silver Star which ran between New York City and Miami. The RF&P handled the train between Washington, DC (90 miles north of Ashland) and ...

And Roger photographed the train about to depart .

While MERR has a handful of locomotives, FL9 488 seems to be doing all the passenger work this summer. Here she is with the first westbound train in a cut ...

Seaboard Coast Line's E6s

I'm not much for swearing, but sometimes it's necessary. I guess that neutralizes the prayer. I look back. I can't see the end of the freight.

Here is it just after I made it.

The one blade signal shows the block ahead is occupied.

Because of a sharp curve the trains go slow through there. But the noise is still significant. Today there is about one train every 2 hours.

It was an effort to help them along the road from being a club to being a museum. I am a member. I have added a few comments of clarification in square ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: Major Passenger Train Wreck,

In this first picture the rear cars of the train (behind the leafless trees) are moving east but the diesels have entered the loop and are momentarily ...

I no doubt handled the waybills for the car. I doubt I knew anything about that NS. Didn't know I'd be photographing it by the end of the decade and 50 ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: October 2012

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

As the diagram shows three trains, all passenger, were at Montgomery at the time of the wreck. An eastbound Rock Island waiting at a home signal (a signal ...

And about 45 minutes later arrived at SPUD, which is to the left.

The double blade now shows the block next to the camera is occupied.

7:43 a.m. I arrive in Kettle Falls and find the Job in the yard putting the train together.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures

The second northbound Downeaster of the day, #683 called at Saco, ME 20 minutes beyond its 1:05 pm time.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: Major Passenger Train Wreck, Montgomery, IL, September 27, 1964

The first three shots are in front of the Museum's Depot between runs of the car.

In the tiny village of Huntdale, NC, up in Appalachia is a Free Will Baptist Church, Established in 1900.

... history of how trolleys changed the lives of people in Maine and to learn what past forms of transportation can teach us about contemporary issues and ...

The two-foot gauge Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, Maine has one of the most unique rail cars anyplace.

Side Note

Finally a town that's railfan friendly: Bangor, Maine

The Burlington's Pioneer Zephyr. Shiny Locomotive you have here.

This is looking back from the front of the depot at the light rail station.

CB&Q F3A 122D headed for Clyde Yard, just outside Chicago with a typical freight of that era of mostly box cars through Westmont on June 25, 1965.

Classic Trains Magazine - Railroad History, Vintage Train Videos .

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | chemin de fer en 2019 | Pinterest | Chemins

And again south of Potter at 4:25 p.m.

I first photographed the DEX just south of the Wasilla depot at 2:25 p.m. (above two photos)

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From out front of the station's head house, i.e., the waiting room, ticket office, newsstand, and baggage room, the lower Manhattan skyline and the ferry ...

To try to justify the train the Seaboard Coast Line added priority freight on the end of the train as did other railroads during that period.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: EMD E5s and E6s I

At that time the railroad that handled the passenger trains south of Richmond was the Seaboard Coast Line (SCL). Often its power was used on the RF&P ...

What do you do when you get to the end of the line? From the middle of the car you crank down the turntable as this young lady is doing.

Image result for santa fe passenger trains in fresno Rock Island Railroad, Bnsf Railway,

While Alco RS3s were not rare in 1965, one pulling a suburban train was. The Rock Island had a couple of hand fulls. Here 487 pulls an inbound.

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | Railroading | Pinterest | Union station, ...

Railfan44's Railroad Photo Essays: the stories behind the pictures: A Morning at Englewood Union Station, 1965 | Railroading | Pinterest | Union station, ...

The leader is a GP40-2 from GATX Railroad Locomotive Group bought new in March 1969 by the Baltimore and Ohio RR.

I then hurried down to Anchorage and caught the train just before the depot. (next two photos)