Train Stations

Final F40PH in RTA Baby Blue paint scheme!

December 29, 2012

In 1973, the Regional Transportation Authority was formed to fund Chicago’s commuter operations, but it was not until 1977 that the first new locomotives were ordered-16 F40PH’s for the Rock Island. Three more sets of these units would be ordered through 1983 for use on the C&NW and Milwaukee Road lines. All came painted in […]

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November 25, 2012

On Thanksgiving Day, one of Amtrak’s Hiawathas to Milwaukee had a full-length “Super Dome” in the consist! The OCEAN VIEW is former Great Northern. Does anyone know why this car is on this train?

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CB&Q SW7 #9255 at IRM

September 16, 2012

Chicago Burlington & Quincy SW7 #9255 was built in May, 1950 and saw many year of service for her parent. After spending time on a short line in Iowa known as the Davenport and Rock Island, she came to the Illinois Railway Museum and was restored to her original paint.  She continues to serve patrons […]

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The “Cabbage,”Amtrak’s Recycled F40

December 30, 2011

The EMD F40PH was Amtrak’s primary locomotive for more than two decades. These husky locomotives hauled millions of passengers from coast to coast, racking up millions of miles which ultimately caught up with them. In 1996, the time was clearly up, and Amtrak placed an order for their first order of P42’s that would displace […]

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Fulton County Authority- Rochester, Indiana

November 25, 2011

Following the Erie Lackawanna’s 1972 bankruptcy, Conrail picked up the remains in 1976, and promptly eliminated all trackage west of Marion, Ohio as a through route. After short line operators Erie Western and Chicago & Indiana RR went belly-up, most of it was returned to Mother Nature. One segment west of Rochester,Indiana was retained by […]

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2012 Restoration for Historic King Street Station

November 22, 2011

Seattle’s King Street Station has been in operation since the early 1900s and more than a century later, the station remains an important fixture in the Amtrak Cascades service.  As the case with any passenger train station, King Street Station would not be able to maintain its current status as one of the busiest train […]

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