Three C&NW movements pass through the junction at Rochelle, IL in the days before UP ownership and the railfan park. The parking area used to be on the north side of the tracks, limiting your photo options and resulting in backlit conditions. But we made do with it somehow...
Yet MORE Rochelle Action
Three intermodal trains at Rochelle, IL around 1990. If you are a student
of modern railroading, just look at how the face of intermodal traffic has
changed in the 19 years since I took these videos. Many times I would film
the entire train, nowdays I am glad that I did.
Chicago and North Western Railroad "The Song of the Pioneer" - Historic Train Film - WDTVLIVE42
Educational documentary by the C&NW pubished in 1948 to celebrate the
railroads 100th anniversary.You'll see the 1948 vintage passenger train
running at a speedy 15 mph, the first sleeping cars, dining cars and early
Pullman trains. We then see the line in 1948, with steam and diesel
footage, the C & NW yard, modern club cars, and diners. .
WDTVLIVE42 - Transport, technology, and general interest movies from the
past - newsreels, documentaries & publicity films from my archives.
Metra UP-W Line Cab-Car Ride: C&NW Power at West Chicago & More!
Riding inbound (eastbound) Metra / Union Pacific- West Line train #510,
from West Chicago to Ogilvie Transportation Center (Northwestern Station)
in downtown Chicago, as seen from the front vestibule window of the
cab-car. Not the whole ride is shown; just these tidbits:
First, a surprise just past the West Chicago depot: unpatched, ex-Chicago &
North Western Dash-9 #8710 leads a Union Pacific SD70M with an autorack
train and some manifest freight tacked on the rear. It's quite rare that a
freight these days could be called "CNW 8710 West"! Once this passes, the
new signals that replaced the C&NW-style signal bridge between West Chicago
and Winfield, along with the now-signalless bridge, can be seen as we hit
Metra's track speed before coming to a station stop at Winfield.
Next, past Winfield, is a road overpass under construction, just before the
old Chicago, Aurora & Elgin (CA&E) electric interurban bridge over what is
now UP's triple-track main into Chicago. The bridge carried the CA&E's
line to Elgin, which had a branch to Geneva. Just south of this bridge
were the CA&E's Wheaton Shops, and its Aurora line, with a branch to
Batavia. The CA&E was owned by the same interests that controlled the
North Shore Line to Milwaukee, the South Shore Line to South Bend, and many
other electric interurban railroads-- unfortunately, the CA&E was the first
to go of these, and the South Shore is the only one still in operation
today. Thankfully though, the entire CA&E system (except its run over the
CTA 'L' into Chicago) is preserved in the form of a popular hiking and
biking trail- the Illinois Prairie Path, which was the first Rail-Trail in
the nation, founded in 1963.
Lastly, as train #510 nears Chicago and the sun has set, the last suburb it
passes through before the city limits is Oak Park. Chicago Transit
Authority's Green Line- Lake Street parallels the line here on the same
embankment as UP, from Harlem Ave in River Forest, to Laramie Ave on the
West Side of Chicago. A train of 1970s-era Boeing-Vertol 2400-series cars,
(the second-oldest rostered by the CTA, and used on this line and the
Purple Line), passes our train as it makes its second-last stop at the Oak
Park Avenue station.
Thanks for watching!
Chicago & Northwestern train @ Seeman Road - GREAT HORN!
The Illinois Railway Museum's (IRM) C&NW train puts on a great horn show as
it passes the grade crossing at Seeman Raod, which is about 2 miles east of
IRM in Union, Illinois. Video taken during IRM's annual Diesel Days, July
UP Gas Turbine at Durand Model Railroad
This is a video of trains at Durand Model Railroad Club. It is a video of
CN and BNSF coal drag, CN mixed frieght, UP Gas Turbine, and some CNW
action along with a Santa Fe Intermodel Train. Also a UP AC6000 helper to
help the coal drag west of town.
Railroad Swing Bridge Clinton, Iowa
Railroad swing bridge at Mississippi River at Clinton Iowa. This ex
Chicago and NorthWestern Bridge double track bridge sees a lot of traffic,
just before the bridge opened for a barge this day, a pair of Eastbound
trains went across side by side. Nice river front park to watch the
CNW 8625 In Marinette, WI
Northbound CNW empty all rail ore train in Marinette, WI. CNW bentonite
hoppers on the head end, PC and CR ore cars on tail.