Railroads, Chicago-style

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BN / Amtrak - Roosevelt Road by d.w.davidson on Flickr.

Caption: “In this May 20, 1973 view from the Roosevelt Road bridge, we see a BN suburban train backing down to the depot from the coach yard, while the equipment of Amtrak Train No. 50, the James Whitcomb Riley, is towed engine first by a Penn Central yard crew. No. 50 will back out of CUS in order to use the St. Charles Air Line and the ICRR to Kankakee, before heading east on the former Big Four.”

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Similar view taken from Roosevelt Road bridge on April 2, 2013, with a Metra suburban commuter train on the left. The Taylor Street bridge that the trains are passing under in the 1973 photo is no longer there in 2013. Also gone are the brick buildings in the background, including the Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Terminal on the right.

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