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Jibba Jan 13, 2009 6:33 PM

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Sorry for the corny title illustration (supposed to be an overhead view of a train on tracks...didn't work too well), but I thought I would start up a photo thread on trains. I like them. I like taking pictures of them. I like looking at other pictures of them. Please post train pictures here.

To start:

touraccuracy Jan 13, 2009 6:35 PM

chicago's the best

Nowhereman1280 Jan 13, 2009 8:08 PM

^^^ Have you all seen the map of all the train tracks around downtown Chicago in the 50's that Mr. Downtown posted a while ago in the general developments thread or somewhere while we were talking about covering the tracks in Grant Park?

BFHeadstone Jan 14, 2009 2:32 AM

from my flickr page

Jibba Jan 14, 2009 2:53 AM

^Excellent. What area is that? I am assuming in Canada somewhere (based on your avatar); it is quite beautiful.

BFHeadstone Jan 14, 2009 4:40 AM

That is the Shuswap Lake area in the interior of British Columbia

We vacation there every summer. :)

Jibba Jan 14, 2009 5:07 AM

Dang, lucky you! BC is such a beautiful place.

BTinSF Jan 14, 2009 6:24 PM

Here's a couple of shots of an "El" in Woodside, Queens, New York:

Jibba Jan 14, 2009 6:57 PM

^Kickin' it old-school. Any idea of the production year of that model?

Sekkle Jan 15, 2009 5:01 AM

weird... I love trains, but I have relatively few photos (except I do have lots of the MAX here in Portland.

British Columbia

Vancouver Skytrain (out the window of the car)

New York – LIRR in Forest Hills, Queens

New York – 7 Train in Jackson Hts, Queens

New York… maybe West 4th St, Manhattan


(not sure if the streetcar counts... probably not, but it's got rails!)


Jibba Jan 15, 2009 8:40 AM

Great shots! I wish we had street-cars here in Chicago. It would be such a cool/bizarre/intimidating site to see a train rolling down the street.

olga Jan 15, 2009 12:24 PM










staff Jan 15, 2009 1:48 PM

Thanks olga...

Jibba Jan 15, 2009 5:45 PM

Berlin has the hottest trains by far--great pictures, olga.

Also, that collection of trains in Kiev is serious.

initiald Jan 15, 2009 6:08 PM

Our trains in Charlotte are small, er, "light"

Kamakura Enoden line


Traveling in Tokyo from Odaiba to Shinbashi by train, looking at another train.

Even the signs on the trains warning of closing doors are super kawaii in Tokyo.

Kingofthehill Jan 16, 2009 2:15 AM



arkhitektor Jan 16, 2009 4:26 PM


Originally Posted by olga (Post 4026583)

What is "Metro" a rip-off of an IKEA or something?

Here are some pics of the rolling stock in Salt Lake:

Sandy Jan 17, 2009 7:58 PM

A Metro is a store for pro, they sell everything for small stores, restaurants, offices... from cartridge to food, here's a link to Metro India, the only one I found in English, but the Metro cash & carry group is present in 28 countries, mainly in Europ...

Here's my contribution to this thread


Our TGV (High Speed Train)

Our TER (Commuter rail)

and some from my US trips

Boston commuter rail


Sandy Jan 17, 2009 9:15 PM


Sandy Jan 17, 2009 9:24 PM

Boston T

harryc Jan 18, 2009 12:53 PM

Wow - thx Jibba for the thread (and wicked shots), and everyone else.
Here's a few of mine

Canadian National passing Mars ( just outside of Chicago ). Jan 14 2009

Ridglenad station - Green line - CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Jul 21 2008
We have a nice bright new roof and lights now.

Insulated for sound - on sleepers made of recycled plastic - CTA Spet 26 2008

crossing under Marina Towers - Chicago Oct 30 2008.

Rewiring - not as chaotic as it looks - CTA Oct 10 2007

Rail bridge across the Wisconsin River, Wisconsin - Jun 2008

Jibba Jan 18, 2009 5:09 PM

^I was waiting for you to put up some of the hundreds of awesome train shots I knew you had. That picture of the rail bridge over the Wisco. River is pure beauty.

Thundertubs Jan 19, 2009 3:39 AM

Trains = cool
Nova Scotia

Montreal Metro

Springfield, IL


Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

west of Needles, CA

harryc Jan 21, 2009 11:24 AM

Jan 20 - Chicago

Minato Ku Jan 22, 2009 3:07 AM

A bit of our green, red, blue... (And many other colors with graffitis :D )... trains running in Paris

Jibba Jan 22, 2009 6:25 AM

Great shots everyone--I love the variety.

One from tonight:

harryc Jan 30, 2009 3:27 AM

Lake st
Lake & Ridgeland - Oak Park


Lake & Jefferson - CTA bldg

METRA tracks - heated switch.

METRA trains passing under Lake st.

Crossing the river

Crossing Wacker

Lake & Wells, one corner of THE Loop

Clark & Lake

State & Lake

Jibba Jan 30, 2009 5:25 AM

Kick-ass shots harry.

Ayreonaut Jan 30, 2009 3:01 PM

I like trains too...

But I didn't at this moment.

theWatusi Jan 31, 2009 1:41 AM

awesome thread :)

near Pennsburg, PA

Standing above the commuter tunnel portal, looking West towards 30th Street station, Philadelphia, PA

Strasburg, PA

Jim Thorpe, PA

Atlanta, GA

and of course...

The Obama Train
Video Link

Jibba Feb 2, 2009 9:04 PM

Wells and Van Buren in Chicago:

olga Feb 3, 2009 3:03 PM

^That's a wonderful picture. I love the colors! What if there was a red car instead - not so good...

tmnt mask Feb 3, 2009 5:02 PM

choo choo!

Jibba Feb 3, 2009 7:16 PM


Originally Posted by olga (Post 4064645)
^That's a wonderful picture. I love the colors! What if there was a red car instead - not so good...

Ha, I know! I totally lucked-out with that taxi. I didn't even realize it until I got home, and I was like "jackpot.":)

Jibba Feb 7, 2009 10:08 PM

harryc Feb 11, 2009 6:35 PM

Chicago Freight

Panasonic DMZ TZ4 - Picasa - Autostitch - Photomatix HDR

Architype Feb 14, 2009 6:45 AM

edit: These shots are in Vancouver

harryc Feb 15, 2009 1:56 PM

Oak Park, Illinois
Killer shots Archteype - Seattle ?

fever Feb 15, 2009 4:44 PM

Those are Vancouver.

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Robert Pence Feb 15, 2009 4:48 PM

Fort Wayne, Indiana





Fort Wayne's Amtrak station, formerly Pennsylvania Railroad, built 1912. Photo from 1973:

Fort Wayne (Population 200,000) lost all passenger train service in 1990. Around 2004 or 2005 the passenger platforms were demolished. The station building was bought by an architectural firm and restored and converted to office space, with the main concourse available for public and private events.

Decatur, Indiana, 2005

CFE (Chicago Fort Wayne & Eastern) is a short-line subsidiary of RailAmerica Corporation. When Conrail was split up between Norfolk Southern and CSX, CSX got the former Pennsylvania Railroad lines through Fort Wayne, including a 20-mile branch to Decatur, all that remains of the former Grand Rapids & Indiana that originally ran between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cincinnati, Ohio. CFE serves a large soybean processing facility at Decatur with one train a week delivering empty cars and taking loads of soy products back to Fort Wayne.

Michigan City, Indiana

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad operates electric commuter trains over 90 miles of track between the airport at South Bend, Indiana and downtown Chicago, Illinois. Service is frequent and reliable and trains are clean, if Spartan in accomodations. Normal operating speeds are around 70mph. Michigan City has the only remaining street trackage on the South Shore system.

The photo below is a link. Click on it to see a bunch of South Shore and Chicago Metra Electric photos:

Amtrak's Michigan Service trains pass through Michigan City. One daily, a train between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, stops here:

South Bend, Indiana

South Shore train arriving from Chicago, heading for the airport station:

One end of the interior of South Shore car. Seats on each side of the center doors face toward the center. On the current series of cars they're not reversible. The 14 new double-deck gallery cars that I haven't seen yet have reversible seats.

harryc Feb 15, 2009 5:06 PM

A blast from the past.

Originally Posted by rob_1412 (Post 4089013)

Robert Pence Feb 15, 2009 6:27 PM


Originally Posted by harryc (Post 4089028)
A blast from the past.

For those who are unfamiliar with American passenger railroading of the early-Amtrak era, an explanation of that photo.

The last passenger-coach builder in America went out of business in 1958, and steam locomotives hadn't been out of service very long at that time. All passenger equipment was still designed for steam heat, and diesel and electric passenger locomotives were equipped with oil-fired steam generators (boilers) to provide heat to the train.

Amtrak was formed in 1971 to relieve participating railroads of the burden of operating passenger service at a loss. Many of those railroads had been allowing equipment to deteriorate in order to discourage ridership so that they could get permission to discontinue trains. Of the 4,800 cars and locomotives that Amtrak inherited, only about one fourth were deemed fit for service or worthy of repairing.

Leaky steam lines resulted in cars being cold, or when the steam leaked into the ventilation system, like a steam bath. In severely cold weather, trapped condensate froze in the lines, blocking them entirely. Steam failure meant no hot water in the washrooms or in the dining car, as well as no heat.

Many younger locomotive firemen didn't understand the idiosyncracies of the worn-out steam boilers, and that contributed to the problem. In addition, steam failure meant failure of summer air conditioning in some types of coaches; they used gas-absorbtion refrigeration driven by steam heat, instead of mechanical compressors.

With the arrival of the FP40 locomotives with head-end power, older coaches were retrofitted with electric heat. By the early 1980's the billowing clouds of steam at station stops were a thing of the past.

Robert Pence Feb 16, 2009 12:03 PM

Indiana Northeastern Railroad is a spiffy short line that operates about 100 miles of track serving industrial customers in Northeast Indiana, southern Michigan, and eastern Ohio, connecting with Norfolk Southern at Montpelier, Ohio.

The first photo is a link:

Restored 1970s Central Vermont caboose owned by the late Dave DeVries:

Little River Railroad, a tourist train now operating in Michigan, originally ran between Pleasant Lake, Indiana and Angola, Indiana:

More steam, you say? Check this out. It gives me chills, in a very good way:


Minato Ku Feb 16, 2009 5:01 PM

M.K. Feb 16, 2009 7:32 PM

Robert Pence Feb 18, 2009 2:12 PM

MKmillenium, that is an amazing sight. In fact, I'd be totally intimidated at the thought of trying to get a ride. :eek:

Hesston Steam Museum, in Northwest Indiana, features operating steam trains in four different sizes; 1 1/2-inch-to-the-foot, 3-inch-to-the-foot, and 2-foot and 3-foot narrow-gauge. In addition, there are various industrial steam engines and an operating steam sawmill. The second photo below is a link to more Hesston photos on my web site:

Note the dual-gauge 2-foot/3-foot track. This photo is a link

Jibba Feb 18, 2009 3:55 PM

^Great contributions on this page, rob. I appreciate the annotations, too--very interesting. Keep 'em coming!

ls1z28chris Feb 18, 2009 5:44 PM

This thread is a great idea. Here are some of trains and train stations:

salaverryo Feb 18, 2009 6:12 PM


Originally Posted by MKmillenium (Post 4091319)

Ahhh, the Turd World, indeed!!! :yuck:

LostInTheZone Feb 18, 2009 6:46 PM

Croydon; Acela (#2009) and inbound Septa local

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