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...
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
Burlington Northern/Chicago Northwestern In The Powder River Basin, WY -1991
WARNING: This is probably the most boring railroad video you'll ever watch!
Two hours of Powder River Basin coal trains in uninspiring landscape. Lots
of wind noise (It's Wyoming, the wind always blows). :)
That out of the way, for those who want to see PRB operations in the
earlier 1990's you might enjoy this video. Back in those days a good part
of the PRB was still single track, with some sections of double track.
Compare that with today, where most of the PRB is triple track with some
sections of 4-track mainline! It was still Chicago Northwest with trackage
rights into the PRB, not the UP.
Lots of older power too. Tons of BN SD40-2's and C30-7's. SD60M's were just
starting to show up on the scene. And brand new UP AC4400's (which are
still the mainstay of UP coal train power today, after all these years).
There's only one non-coal train in the entire video, a BN intermodal that
spent all day slowly winding it's way through the CF of coal trains. The
PRB was a total mess in those days. An engineer told me it wasn't unusual
for a crew to board a train sitting in siding and sit in the same spot for
12 hours until relieved by the next crew!
This video was shot a few years before the new public road was built that
currently runs down to Antelope Creek and NACCO Junction, which IMO is the
most scenic area of the PRB.
Walker Siding, East and West ends.
East Bill and the Bill area.
Middle of nowhere between NACCO Jct. and Reno Jct.
Loading facility at the Black Thunder Mine.
All video was originally shot on 8mm tape using a Sony camcorder.
Let me know if you stay awake the entire two hours! :)
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.
Wisconsin Northern's Cameron Diamond
This is the diamond in Cameron where the old Soo Line and Chicago and
Northwestern used to cross each other as of current the Canadian National
owns it. You can see the Wisconsin Northern Train going across the
"CNW" in Rochelle
Three former CNW SD40-2s pull manifest traffic west through Rochelle, IL on
Final Years of the Union Pacific (CNW) Weber-Mayfair Sub I
This is probably the only known footage of activity on the Union Pacific's
(former Chicago & Northwestern) railroad's "Weber" or "Mayfair Cutoff." The
subdivision covered the far north-side of Chicago, Lincolnwood, Skokie and
Evanston (Illinois). Footage is from March, 2004. I spent over 15 years
getting photos of this line as the customers it served dropped off to the
one you see being served in this movie. I wish I had a video camera in the
1990's, 80's and 70's. But this is the best I could do. To learn more about
this line and the wonderful people who have helped preserve its history,
please visit our group website at
There are also two excellent books covering this line--and its sister line
known as the Skokie Subdivision--at
If you or someone you know has memories, photos or video, about this line
or the Skokie Sub, please contact us through the website or enter your
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.
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.