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SILVER METEOR 158-58
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« Reply #20 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:07am »
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All:
 
A few interesting snippets on NKP passenger operations; note details highlighting arrival of NKP through cars at Buffalo from La Salle, for remainder of trip to Hoboken, via the DL&W/EL.......
 
http://railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=156&t=1079


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« Reply #21 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:28am »
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Another NKP sleeper, "CITY OF LIMA".
 
As mentioned earlier, until late 1965, through cars like this from La Salle were commonplace sights at the E-L's Hoboken terminal.....
 
http://skipg.homeip.net/gallery/Nickel_Plate_Photos/NKP_8978P


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« Reply #22 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 3:04pm »
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Prior to the arrival of diesel power on the NKP, handsome steamers such as #174 were commonplace at LaSalle.....
 
http://www.railarchive.net/randomsteam/nkp174.htm


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SILVER METEOR 158-58
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« Reply #23 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 3:16pm »
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In charge of snappy, high-stepping PA's, these NKP passenger runs were snapped at Valparaiso, Indiana, and Lorain, Ohio, in the late 1950's......
 
http://gelwood.railfan.net/nkp/nkp181alr.jpg
 
http://gelwood.railfan.net/nkp/nkp182abc.jpg


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SILVER METEOR 158-58
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« Reply #24 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 10:46pm »
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Some info on La Salle, before the senseless destruction of its headhouse, waiting room, and concourse......
 
The waiting room was reached from street level by a grand staircase, located in the middle of the first floor lobby. The large waiting room measured 106x108, and featured a forty-foot ceiling, dominated by a large domed skylight.
 
Here, ticket offices, newsstands, restrooms, phone booths, etc. could be found.
 
The concourse measured 45x210 feet, and occupied the entire building's width to the rear of the track area, and was partitioned by giant and iron glass sliding gates.
 
The trainshed encompassed 11 stub tracks, reached via four approach tracks, and controlled by a tower at Polk St.
 
The track numbering was unusual, as there were no tracks 2,5,8,11, or 14, and yet, there were 11 tracks numbered 1-16.
 
It had been explained that the reason for this was that the tracks were located on 12-foot centers, and the 24-foot wide platforms accounted for the missing track numbers.....
 
"SM"


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« Reply #25 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:05pm »
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1964 NKP Passenger schedule (La Salle-Buffalo, w/ through cars to Hoboken via E-L)........
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/nkp/nkp-1964.html


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« Reply #26 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:13pm »
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Here is an interesting Chicago passenger rail page; info on the old downtown terminals (including La Salle) and several photos are also included.....
 
http://www.dhke.com/CRJ/station.html


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« Reply #27 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:19pm »
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SM - All,
 
Here is a link to a video someone shot about three years ago, looking straight ahead out the door of a cab car on a METRA commuter train inbound to La Salle Street Station on the former Rock Island mainline.  Though a lot has changed, there are occasional glimpses of trackwork and even trackside structures that would have been seen by the locomotive crews of the inbound Golden State or Californian.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CyTLHO65AE
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm


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« Reply #28 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:24pm »
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And here, from 1935, is a promotional film produced by the New York Central, touting their flagship Twentieth Century Limited.  This is how it was 75+ years ago now, in the days of heavyweights and Steam.  And, it's eastbound Train 26, departing from La Salle St.! It's a glimpse into another age . . .
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WrLwDs4t74
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm


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« Reply #29 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 11:27pm »
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on Mar 25th, 2012, 11:19pm, Norm_Anderson wrote:       (Click here for original message)
SM - All,
 
Here is a link to a video someone shot about three years ago, looking straight ahead out the door of a cab car on a METRA commuter train inbound to La Salle Street Station on the former Rock Island mainline.  Though a lot has changed, there are occasional glimpses of trackwork and even trackside structures that would have been seen by the locomotive crews of the inbound Golden State or Californian.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CyTLHO65AE
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm

 
Norm......
 
Just imagine if youtube (and the internet!) existed back in the days when La Salle was still in its heyday?
 
WOW!
 
Only Union Station remains, and even that magnificent structure has suffered to "progress".
 
We took too much for granted.....
 
"SM"


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« Reply #30 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 1:14am »
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Check out this photogenic lash-up of motive power on an outbound RI commuter run, just outside of LaSalle, on a wintry December day in 1976.
 
Still so much of the classic stuff out there to be savored, back then......
 
http://www.railpixs.com/ri/RI4504_LaSalleStStation_Chicago_Dec76.jpg


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« Reply #31 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 1:21am »
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"Shorty" push-pull commuter train, outside of La Salle, December, 1976.......
 
http://www.railpixs.com/ri/RI661_atChicago_Dec76.jpg


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« Reply #32 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 1:25am »
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Two "E" units are hidden behind those billowing clouds of steam....baby, it's COLD out there!
 
http://www.railpixs.com/ri/RI_Eunits_Chicago_Dec76.jpg


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« Reply #33 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 1:32am »
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Outbound RI E-8 hauling a string of standard commuter coaches (December, 1976); note old ERIE freight station on the left......
 
http://www.railpixs.com/ri/RI655_LaSalleSt_station_Chicago_Dec76.jpg


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« Reply #34 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 1:47am »
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Excellent photo page on "THE ROCK", dating from the 70's, depicting both freight and passenger operations (the previous RI photos I posted here are from this page; there are more passenger views to be seen)
 
(some SANTA FE units will be seen here, as well)
 
These now-classic photos are truly nostalgic in their own right, recalling an era when grungy, grimy, gritty, tattered motive power and rolling stock were still using old facilities that were every bit as grungy, grimy, gritty, and tattered.
 
In the days before our railroads became ultra-modern, ultra-hi tech, ultra-homoginized, and ultra-generic, railroading was STILL offering the railfan community railroading "in the raw".......so much of the old was still with us, even then living on borrowed time.....
 
'SM"
 
http://www.railpixs.com/ri/ri.html


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« Reply #35 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 9:51am »
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December, 1976.
 
There were still places where one could find the  timeless "E's" still hauling passengers......was it really all that long ago......
 
http://www.railpixs.com/ri/RI662_LaSalleSt_station_Chicago_Dec76.jpg


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« Reply #36 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 5:53pm »
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There is a nice book on Chicago passenger service in the post-war years, I think by Pat Dorin. Can't recall the title - will have to hunt it up. Lots of pictures of all the stations and the trains.

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on Mar 26th, 2012, 5:53pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
There is a nice book on Chicago passenger service in the post-war years, I think by Pat Dorin. Can't recall the title - will have to hunt it up. Lots of pictures of all the stations and the trains.

 
 
Hey, Clyde:
 
Let me know if you can hunt this one up......sure sounds like a "must have" for my rail library!
 
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on Mar 26th, 2012, 6:59pm, SILVER METEOR 158-58 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Hey, Clyde:
 
Let me know if you can hunt this one up......sure sounds like a "must have" for my rail library!
 
"SM"

 
Well, let's see if i can wade though the clutter to the correct book-case - yes, it was there. Not Dorin, though.
 
 
CHICAGO'S PASSENGER TRAINS - A Gallery of Portraits 1956-1981 - by Robert P. Olmstead, MCMillan Publications, Inc., Woodbridge, illinois, 1983. ISBN 0-934228-10-8. 136 pages, 1 or 2 B&W photos with identifying test on every age. Pictures are of trains - some shots of some of the train-sheds, not much else on the terminals. Even so (how "so" somewhat depending on your interests) a good book. Looks like it cost $23.95 29 years ago...


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« Reply #39 on: Mar 27th, 2012, 3:25pm »
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Clyde.....
 
Thanks!
 
I'll try eBay and see if I can find an affordable copy.....sure would like to add this to my rail library!
 
Sounds like my kind of book!
 
"SM"


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