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Robert Pence Mar 10, 2009 11:58 PM

Metra bi-level gallery cars give a nice ride. I hope the same will be true of the ones on the South Shore. Of course, track condition has a lot to do with it, and South Shore has a ways to go in that respect, on some sections. The ride on the existing cars can be jiggly and rattly, and then when they enter Metra Electric territory, everything gets smooth and quiet.

harryc Mar 11, 2009 1:28 AM

harryc Mar 12, 2009 10:56 AM

Oak Park, Illinois
Yesterday morning

harryc Mar 14, 2009 12:30 AM

Howard st. sta., Chicago

harryc Mar 15, 2009 1:18 AM

Oak Park, Illinois

i_am_hydrogen Mar 15, 2009 4:50 AM

^The (stratus?) cloud deck imparts a special mood to that shot.

harryc Mar 15, 2009 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by i_am_hydrogen (Post 4140893)
^The (stratus?) cloud deck imparts a special mood to that shot.

Thx, the kids say strato-cumulus, I used the "Filtered B/W" option in Picassa to bring out the clouds.

harryc Mar 17, 2009 12:29 AM

From California sta. on the CTA's Green line

J_Taylor Mar 17, 2009 12:45 AM

Some random train pictures that I have taken

R@ptor Mar 21, 2009 7:40 PM

Some new photos I took during the last 3 weeks in the Netherlands and Spain.

harryc Mar 22, 2009 12:49 PM


Originally Posted by R@ptor (Post 4152605)
Some new photos I took during the last 3 weeks in the Netherlands and Spain.

The future is now - when I was a kid this would have been a bit too wild for Scientific American - almost too stylish for the Science Fiction crowd - now it is reality.

thank you for the variety raptor.

R@ptor Mar 22, 2009 6:33 PM


Speaking of futuristic, here are some photos of my favorite train ever...the Shanghai Maglev.

I rode it 2 times in a row when I was there 2.5 years ago, it's simply awesome :D

I also recently uploaded two videos on Youtube I took from onboard of the Maglev while it was going at the maximum speed of 431km/h (266mph)

Video Link

Video Link

Metro-One Mar 22, 2009 10:12 PM

I know i have posted these photos before on other threads, but i feel they fit here too. I need to start uploading more pictures on my flicker account, haha.

Skytrain in Burnaby, BC (suburb of Vancouver)

Skytrain at night in Burnaby, BC.

Skytrain crossing the Fraser River in New Westminster/Surrey BC (suburbs of Vancouver)

West Coast Express commuter rail in Vancouver, BC.

And some Union Pacific cars that snuck into a photo i was taking of a new overpass under construction in Poco, BC (suburb of vancouver)

All pics are my own.

JManc Mar 23, 2009 1:26 AM

that maglev looks fun ride but could not ride that thing facing backwards. made that mistake taking a train across the NL. almost had to vomit.

anyway, here's a train (commuter?) in kure, japan

Minato Ku Mar 23, 2009 2:36 AM

Robert Pence Mar 28, 2009 2:27 PM

In the 1980s I volunteered with Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's Nickel Plate Railroad locomotive 765. That was when there were mainline excursions with big power, at speed. All-day excursions with 500 or more seats often sold out both days of a weekend.

In this photo, NKP 765 is headed to Chicago in 1985 with one coach and a freight train to drop off at the EJ&E interchange. The engine will proceed to Proviso yard to power a series of excursions on the Northwestern. Here 765 waits in a siding in 1985 as a Norfolk-Southern freight train passes. The photo below is a link to a large set of NKP 765 shop and excursion photos on my web site:

Chicago Shawn Mar 28, 2009 6:45 PM

^Rob, your knowledge has been a great contribution to this thread. I also really enjoyed your Nickel Plate Road page.

Some random Chicago shots from 2008...

Michigan City 06-05-2008

Michigan City 10-22-2007

Robert Pence Mar 28, 2009 7:34 PM

Nice shots, Shawn. Chicago area sure provides a wealth of railroad watching and photographing opportunities.

South Shore is good transportation (although they could do with more comfortable seats for the longer rides). They're economical, reliably on time, and frequent. Their cars and tracks are good for more speed than they now use; I'd like to see them fence some right-of-way and put in four-quadrant protection at the crossings, and kick the speed up to 80mph over much of the line. I've seen them hit close to 90mph late at night eastbound between Dune Park and Michigan City, and they handled it with no difficulty.

LoneStarMike Mar 29, 2009 2:01 AM

Amtrak's Texas Eagle at Austin, TX March 6, 2009.

Observation Car on the Texas Eagle March 6, 2009

TRE (Trinity Railway Express) at Union Station in Dallas, TX. March 6, 2009. This train runs between Dallas and Fort Worth

DART Train (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) at Union Station in Dallas, TX March 6, 2009

Amtrak's Texas Eagle at Austin, TX March 11, 2009

Amtrak's Texas Eagle at Austin, TX March 11, 2009

i_am_hydrogen Mar 29, 2009 4:16 AM

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