Old 12-29-2007, 12:50 AM   #1
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Yesterday, I got the chance to do something that has been on my to-do list for at least two years. One of my favorite things in railroading is street running. It is extremely interesting to watch and observe. Yesterday, I set out along with Joe LeMay (at the wheel) and Glenn Davis in order to catch one of the last places in Chicago to have street running, the Chicago Terminal, former Milwaukee Road street running around Kingsbury and Goose Island. As an added bonus, we also got to see another small portion of street running.


The Chicago Terminal switcher occupies a small spot in UPís small North Avenue Yard. We arrived and proceeded to wait, watching the UP switching activity, when a UPY 547 decided to switch Morton Salt out again, which required a little bit of street running.



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After this, we waited for quite a while, just waiting and hoping for the crew to show up for the Chicago Terminalís switcher, and finally our wait paid off. We rushed ahead...and waited again. Finally we backtracked (several times, weíre impatient people ) and located it about ready to cross the Chicago River, which the crew had to operate themselves.

A little while after this, they switched out Finkl Steel, which was an interesting exercise to watch, given the number of idiots present.


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Old 12-29-2007, 12:53 AM   #2
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I like to see shots of the ILSX 900. It wasn't that long ago that it was adorned in tattered paint and was working a lowly rock operation about 2 miles from my house in North Dakota!
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Afterwards, the switcher trundled down Kingsbury Street toward the Goose Island Branch. It was here that we ran into someone I knew from down at the University of Illinois, Jon Roma, who was apparently heading toward Calumet Photo when he decided to check and see if the line was running. All of us then proceeded from there to Goose Island to watch the crew switch out Big Bay Lumber, where they park the cars in the middle of the street.


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Finally, once they had done this, the extremely friendly crew invited us all up into the cab (donít worry, I asked and they said they would not get in trouble, one of the nice things about smaller operations). He even encouraged us to go visit the other Chicago Terminal operations in Elk Grove and Bensenville, and even said to keep an eye out for more branch acquisitions.


Overall a good day! Thanks to the Chicago Terminalís crew for a great day and even for a cab visit!

A Happy New Year to All!
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Old 12-29-2007, 02:35 AM   #4
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Nice pics, Mike, thanks for sharing. That switcher looks good...gonna have to hunt for it the next time I'm in Chicago.
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I like to see shots of the ILSX 900. It wasn't that long ago that it was adorned in tattered paint and was working a lowly rock operation about 2 miles from my house in North Dakota!
I didn't know ILSX used to be in your territory Ween. Do you have any shots you could post of it in its former condition?
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Nice pics, Mike, thanks for sharing. That switcher looks good...gonna have to hunt for it the next time I'm in Chicago.
I'd highly suggest it. The crew is extremely friendly, and there is a plethora of shots to be had. I shot about 160 shots, which is probably more than I've shot on a trip with my new camera, ever.

If you do, I would suggest you take the Lastovichs' approach and follow it on bike. It would be much easier in the circumstances and traffic. We followed it by car because, it was, well...cold. It worked out alright as well, but was a little difficult.
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I didn't know ILSX used to be in your territory Ween. Do you have any shots you could post of it in its former condition?
Here's my one shot from Mar '05:
http://paulhamus.rrpicturearchives.n...aspx?id=101890

That's in Emerado, ND. Here's another shot before it left for Chi-town in Thief River Falls, MN:

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ILSX is a MN-based company, supplying power for (and co-owning) the Minnesota Northern Railroad and the Dakota Northern Railroad. So it's a little odd that they have one unit in Chicago. Here's more info:
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~rrclubum/ils.htm
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Nice series, I love to see local switching, basically because I never see it myself. Wash DC has little in terms of local industry and what there is, I don't have much opportunity to chase. Thanks for showing them, otherwise I would not have realized there was an entire set.
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Weird...after posting in this thread last night, I had a dream about street running and in it I couldn't find a place to park to photograph the train as it was approaching!
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Jim, that's funny, because we had that problem quite a lot.

Ween, that's pretty cool. I think we'll all agree that it looks much better now.

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Update: Ninety-one photos! Hooray!
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Note: Replaced link with RP accepted photo. I now have 90 photos! One more and my photos won't fit on one page anymore, Woohoo!

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90 more and they REALLY won't fit on one page (at 180 per)!
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90 more and they REALLY won't fit on one page (at 180 per)!
Hint: Put a bigger number in the URL... it'll just show more on one page
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Hint: Put a bigger number in the URL... it'll just show more on one page
I could not get any changes in the URL to take effect. What might I be doing wrong?

Oddly, whenever I change the display, the numbers in the URL seem to indicate the previous values. Thus, when I choose 60, and then choose 90, the URL has "60" in it (twice) and no "90", just a "newdisplay=15" which seems to be the real driver of things.
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I could not get any changes in the URL to take effect. What might I be doing wrong?

Oddly, whenever I change the display, the numbers in the URL seem to indicate the previous values. Thus, when I choose 60, and then choose 90, the URL has "60" in it (twice) and no "90", just a "newdisplay=15" which seems to be the real driver of things.
This URL will show 120 shots... adjust the "120" according to how many shots you'd like to see (don't do too many, we don't want to annoy the server).

http://www.railpictures.net/showphot...=2&display=120
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