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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: 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

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Photo ID: 731563

On a rainy day, one of Rock Island's five BL2s leads a commuter train in Chicago. R.T. Steinbrenner Photo

Railroad: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island)
Locomotive: EMD BL2
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CRIP 426
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: Unknown


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By: Ted Steinbrenner

Added: Apr 06, 2020

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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

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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

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Photo ID: 687515

One of a parade of evening rush hour commuter trains.

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: EMD F40C
Location: Morton Grove, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 50
Train ID: 2133
Photo Date: August 18, 1977


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By: Tom Binger

Added: Feb 14, 2019

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Photo ID: 659923

Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Locomotive: EMD F40C
Location: Glenview, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 53
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 24, 1977


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Jun 03, 2018

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Photo ID: 659922

Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Locomotive: none
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 413
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 18, 1982


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By: Marty Bernard

Added: Jun 03, 2018

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Photo ID: 649308

The"VALPO DUMMY?"

Railroad: Penn Central
Locomotive: EMD GP7
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: PC 5959
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1973


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Feb 23, 2018

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Photo ID: 602993

BN 9905 brings a westbound scoot thru Brookfield, IL in October of 1990.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Brookfiled, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 9905
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1990


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By: Greg Mross

Added: Jan 14, 2017

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Photo ID: 599159

CNW 421 and an E8 are positioning commuter trains at the throat to CNW's Madison Street station for the afternoon rush hour. Dozens of trains will move in and out of this junction in the next coup... (more)

Railroad: Chicago & North Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: CNW 421
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1979


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: Dec 12, 2016

Views: 3,178
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