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Chicago Rail Photographs

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As a major rail hub for the nation, Chicago is a great place to be a rail fan. You'll find a hopefully interesting and educational selection of photographs here. I've tried to select some photographs of general interest, some that only a railfan could love, and some with detail to tickle a modeler's fancy.

Welcome! In this collection you'll find photographs of hundreds of locomotives and hundreds of rail cars, with over a hundred railroads and car owners represented. A wealth of thumbnails and links will guide you through the thousands of rail photos in this collection. Do enjoy your visit, and please visit again in the future.

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Locomotives by railroad   Diesel-electric locomotives

Click image for 21 selections, with 1,320 photos available. Then choose a railroad, and then a locomotive.

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Freight cars   A large number of freight car photographs, grouped by type of car.

Click image for 19 selections, with 3,616 photos available. Then choose the type of car, then the unit.

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Passenger cars

Click image for 10 selections, with 346 photos available. Then choose the type of car, then the unit.

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Places

Click image for 11 selections, with 527 photos available. Then choose among stations, yards, towers, bridges, or signs, and then the place.

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Metra commuter trains

Click image for 6 selections, with 902 photos available. Then choose among trains, locomotives, or cars, and then the unit.

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Chicago & North Western   I've a special fondness for the fallen flag but not forgotten C&NW.

Click image for 7 selections, with 995 photos available. Then choose among C&NW locomotives, types of freight cars, stations and towers and yards, former C&NW equipment, and a list of C&NW equipment.

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Circus Train   Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey & Bailey Circus

Click image for 11 selections, with 360 photos available. Then choose among the Circus Units or type of car, and then the unit.

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A tall autorack car does not fit under a short bridge   Oak Park (Illinios), 25 October 1999

Click image for a choice of 45 photos.

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Roster of Equipment by Railroad   Both railroads and car owners are included.

Click image for 8 selections, with 3,604 photos available. Then choose among several lists of photographed units.

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My Favorite Photographs   There is something special about these photos that has tickled my fancy.

Click image for a choice of 26 photos.

Highlights of this collection include Chicago & North Western equipment still in C&NW colors, a wide variety of freight equipment, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus trains, Metra commuter rail equipment, and of course my personal favorites.

NEW! The software used to display this Web site has recently been rewritten (mid-December 1999). The intent was to speed things up, without breaking any features. A few usability enhancements have since been made (January 2000). Please let me know if you find any bugs or quirks. TIA --had.

Chicago Rail Photographs collection updated 21 April 2019 at 14:24. Photographs and text copyright © 1998-2000 Harold A. Driscoll, All Rights Reserved. Email address is provided exclusively for personal contact, but emphatically not for use for SPAM net.abuse.