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Chicago Commuting Before METRA
Several Chicago railroads, including Burlington, Chicago & Northwestern, Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road and Rock Island, provided extensive service to and from the Chicago suburbs.
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Photo ID: 769933

Photog CHIONE......from my collection.

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD F9(A)
Location: Rondout, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 93C
Train ID: MILW SCOOT
Photo Date: 1968


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Apr 23, 2021

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Photo ID: 765921

Geraniums are neatly planted along the platform at Hinsdale, Illinois, making the pleasant spring afternoon feel even more like summer on May 28, 1992. Burlington Northern’s busy triple track main... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Hinsdale, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 9918
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 28, 1992


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Mar 12, 2021

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Photo ID: 765161

In August 1968, A Milwaukee Road commuter train heads inbound at B-12 in Franklin Park with a single E9A and cab car. Original Slide. R. W. Richards Photo. Sam Foster Collection.

Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Franklin Park, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 36C
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1968


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By: Sam Foster

Added: Mar 05, 2021

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Photo ID: 759810

A power-short South Shore utilized a set of RTA equipment early in 1985, including an E-unit and CNW bilevel commuter cars which is seen here passing through Burnham. Tom Golden photo.

Railroad: Regional Transit Authority
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Burnham, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RTA 522
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 26, 1985


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By: Sam Beck collection

Added: Jan 12, 2021

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Photo ID: 749145

Tom Golden photo.

Railroad: Regional Transit Authority
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Elmhurst, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RTA 510
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 13, 1988


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By: Sam Beck collection

Added: Sep 25, 2020

Views: 1,448
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Photo ID: 748864

Tom Golden photo.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Hinsdale, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 9920
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 13, 1988


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By: Sam Beck collection

Added: Sep 23, 2020

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Photo ID: 747785

On Burlington Northern’s triple-track main line from Chicago to Aurora, another commuter train, or “dinky” as they are called locally, heads west on Track 1 at Highlands, Illinois, on August 2, 19... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Highlands, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 9925
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 02, 1986


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Sep 11, 2020

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Photo ID: 732650

A four car train approaches Van Buren Street Station.

Railroad: Illinois Central Gulf
Locomotive: St. Louis Car Hi-Liner
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: ICG 1513
Train ID: 400
Photo Date: July 28, 1978


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By: Tom Binger

Added: Apr 13, 2020

Views: 1,173
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Photo ID: 725774

Chicago & North Western F7A 412 leads a westbound commuter through fog and haze in 1979.

Railroad: Chicago & North Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Elmhurst, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CNW 412
Train ID: unknown
Photo Date: 1979


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By: GEORGE M. STUPAR

Added: Feb 16, 2020

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Photo ID: 724115

The ancestor of today's Metra Southwest Service was a single weekday commuter train between Orland Park, IL, and Chicago's Dearborn Station, inherited by the Norfolk & Western from the Wabash. Pas... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: NW 3495
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August 12, 1969


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Jan 30, 2020

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Photo ID: 722349

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E9u
Location: LaGrange, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 9923
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 25, 1978


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By: Richard Kimble

Added: Jan 11, 2020

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Photo ID: 717845

Randy Knaub is getting the shot of another ubiquitous Chicago and North Western commuter train about to hit the MILW diamonds at Mayfair in 1976.

Railroad: Chicago & North Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CNW 424
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 31, 1976


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By: Paul F. De Luca

Added: Nov 26, 2019

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Photo ID: 699694

This strange flat-faced machine was one of two unique AB6 diesels built by EMD in 1940 for the Rock Island. Basically modified E6 B-units with cabs, they were designed to run as trailing units on ... (more)

Railroad: Rock Island
Locomotive: EMD AB6
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: RI 750
Train ID: commuter
Photo Date: August 12, 1969


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By: Tom Nelligan

Added: Jun 10, 2019

Views: 4,668
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Photo ID: 695062

BN commuter train passes under the classic searchlight signal bridge as it arrives at its Aurora destination.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Aurora, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 9904
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 27, 1978


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By: Tom Binger

Added: Apr 24, 2019

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Photo ID: 687626

One of a parade of evening rush hour commuter trains.

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 37C
Train ID: 2129
Photo Date: August 18, 1977


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By: Tom Binger

Added: Feb 15, 2019

Views: 1,737
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