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Chicago Day at IRM

For our 50th blog post, we offer our pictures taken at last Saturday's Chicago Day event at the Illinois Railway Museum, which also featured a Milwaukee
David Sadowski
Jun 23
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Re: Chicago & West Towns remnants

Yes, recall the Jewell Rd construction and the pile of CA&E tracks. I kick myself for next getting some tracks for my backyard. I am hoping Pleasant Hill Rd.
    Jonathan Stevens
    Jun 15
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    Re: Chicago & West Towns remnants

    These pictures are amazing! How far does the row go? Where did it start, and where did it terminate? I live near Jewell Road in Wheaton, and about 10 years ago
    lemkejr@...
    Jun 15
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    Re: Chicago & West Towns remnants

    Thanks, I hadn't thought of "rescuing" anything.  I might have to make a return visit there pretty soon.  Someone I know who has a business along that
    Fidencio Marbella
    Jun 15
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    Re: Chicago & West Towns remnants

    Mr. Foelschow is correct. Generally, when ties and rail turn up, the contractors will be happy to let you take what you want as less for them to have to
    Seth Bramson
    Jun 15
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    Re: Chicago & West Towns remnants

    Fidencio: An enterprising sort might consider "liberating" a remnant of what most would think of as scrap, such as a spike. As a child I found a spike in the
    gfoelschow
    Jun 15
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    Re: Chicago & West Towns remnants

    Fidencio, thanks for the photos. They are a treasure. Madison, on the boarder between Forest Park and River Forest, from Des Plaines to the SOO/CN tracks has
    Lois Halstead
    Jun 15
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    Chicago & West Towns remnants

    Hello all.  This isn't CA&E but might be of interest to some of you.  Madison Street in the Forest Park-River Forest area, just east of the old Soo/WC
    Fidencio Marbella
    Jun 14
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    Two of the original stations remain but the one at Newton is a registered historical building. The rest, including at Waban were torn down for parking. The
    minnman554212000
    May 25
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    That's probably an apt comparison. In 1958-59, the MTA converted a commuter rail line into what we would today consider "light rail." That line was a great
    David Sadowski
    May 25
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    Tom, The all electric Pullman PCC's that both Shaker and Boston ran were just about identical including the left hand door that Shaker never used. I heard a
    minnman554212000
    May 25
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    Actually, a four rail system, since the D.C. system copied New York's conduit system, with two conductor rails in the slot, one positive and the other
    gfoelschow
    May 24
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    Would you count the underground conduit used in DC as a sort of "third rail"? On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 3:23 PM, 'T.U. Leaton' tomleaton@...
    David Sadowski
    May 24
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    On the other hand, there was, at the time, some historical precedent for the use of PCC cars in rapid transit service. The former Boston MTA (now MBTA, or
    T.U. Leaton
    May 24
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    Re: Chicago's Prewar PCCs (OT)

    Yes, George Krambles was involved with the CA&E plan, which included building a turning loop in Wheaton. On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 1:50 PM, Larry M
    David Sadowski
    May 24
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