Railroads, Chicago-style
Conrail Valpo commuter train 1977 by Mark LLanuza on Flickr.
Chicago
1977
Photo by Mark L Lanuza
Another view of the Chicago-to-Valparaiso commuter line operated by Conrail until 1979. Conrail did not want to operate passenger trains, so it provided minimal maintenance for the antiquated passenger equipment.

Conrail Valpo commuter train 1977 by Mark LLanuza on Flickr.

Chicago

1977

Photo by Mark L Lanuza

Another view of the Chicago-to-Valparaiso commuter line operated by Conrail until 1979. Conrail did not want to operate passenger trains, so it provided minimal maintenance for the antiquated passenger equipment.

Conrail’s second Valpo train at CUS by Jon R. Roma on Flickr.
Caption: “The second of two evening commuter trains on Conrail’s ex-PRR main line to Valparaiso, IN awaits departure at Chicago Union Station some time in 1979.”
Chicago
1979
Photo by Jon R. Roma
Conrail operated the Chicago-to-Valparaiso commuter line after inheriting it from Penn Central (it was originally a PRR line). Conrail was a freight railroad and did not want to operate a commuter line, but it was required to by federal regulation. Amtrak took over the line in 1979 and ran it until 1991.

Conrail’s second Valpo train at CUS by Jon R. Roma on Flickr.

Caption: “The second of two evening commuter trains on Conrail’s ex-PRR main line to Valparaiso, IN awaits departure at Chicago Union Station some time in 1979.”

Chicago

1979

Photo by Jon R. Roma

Conrail operated the Chicago-to-Valparaiso commuter line after inheriting it from Penn Central (it was originally a PRR line). Conrail was a freight railroad and did not want to operate a commuter line, but it was required to by federal regulation. Amtrak took over the line in 1979 and ran it until 1991.

Final runs of Walworth Service by railsr4me on Flickr.

One of the final runs of the RTA commuter train to Walworth, Wisconsin, here seen crossing over US Route 12 south of Richmond, Illinois.

October 1, 1982.

Waddling toward Walworth by steve55126 on Flickr.
The Metra Milwaukee District North Line to Fox Lake used to operate all the way to Walworth, Wisconsin when it was still the Milwaukee Road, and this continued until 1982 under the RTA. Here is an RTA train near Zenda, Wisconsin on its way to Walworth. May 24, 1982

Waddling toward Walworth by steve55126 on Flickr.

The Metra Milwaukee District North Line to Fox Lake used to operate all the way to Walworth, Wisconsin when it was still the Milwaukee Road, and this continued until 1982 under the RTA. Here is an RTA train near Zenda, Wisconsin on its way to Walworth.

May 24, 1982

Burlington Northern commuter train.
Western Springs, Illinois
March 1979
Photo by Bill Johnson

Burlington Northern commuter train.

Western Springs, Illinois

March 1979

Photo by Bill Johnson




Milwaukee Road commuter train leaving Chicago Union Station, crossing under the Chicago & North Western elevated line.
August 1965
Photo by David Hawkins

Milwaukee Road commuter train leaving Chicago Union Station, crossing under the Chicago & North Western elevated line.

August 1965

Photo by David Hawkins

Old126447 by Bengt 1955 on Flickr.
Amtrak dome car just north of Chicago Union Station, passing under the CTA Lake Street elevated line.
Chicago
August 1973

Old126447 by Bengt 1955 on Flickr.

Amtrak dome car just north of Chicago Union Station, passing under the CTA Lake Street elevated line.

Chicago

August 1973

Silver Commuter by joemcmillan118 on Flickr.
Burlington Northern commuter train backing into Chicago Union Station.
Note the massive Pennsylvania Railroad freight house in the upper right. It would be demolished within the next few years.
May 14, 1971
Photo by Joe McMillan

Silver Commuter by joemcmillan118 on Flickr.

Burlington Northern commuter train backing into Chicago Union Station.

Note the massive Pennsylvania Railroad freight house in the upper right. It would be demolished within the next few years.

May 14, 1971

Photo by Joe McMillan

Amtrak #349 with C&NW engine trailing south from Chicago Union Station in April 1974. by rrradioman on Flickr.
Note that the Amtrak train is using commuter passenger cars. In the upper right are the remains of the Pennsylvania Railroad Freight House that was undergoing demolition.
Chicago April 1974 Photo by Gary Sturm

Amtrak #349 with C&NW engine trailing south from Chicago Union Station in April 1974. by rrradioman on Flickr.

Note that the Amtrak train is using commuter passenger cars. In the upper right are the remains of the Pennsylvania Railroad Freight House that was undergoing demolition.

Chicago

April 1974

Photo by Gary Sturm

ROCK ISLAND #453 by rrradioman on Flickr.Rock Island locomotive seen from the 21st Street Bridge in Chicago.
July 1974
Photo by Gary Sturm

ROCK ISLAND #453 by rrradioman on Flickr.

Rock Island locomotive seen from the 21st Street Bridge in Chicago.

July 1974

Photo by Gary Sturm