Damn, you have so many great and atmospheric shots, but I always just skimmed through your gallery instead of taking some time to actually look at them... At least this pic proves that trains are not dead on the other side of the lake, and that they have their advantages when compared to cars. Of course, they have to be reliable, which I only experienced in Japan. Here in Germany, I also travel 50km to the university and back (and also in double deckers ^^), but German trains have a reputation for not being on time...
Nice shot Chris. Everytime we ever passed through Chicago I was always fascinated with the commuter trains. I can still remember seeing Rock Island and Milwaukee Road commuter trains the first time we passed through in 1977.
Silly people. I guess that's why we hardly ever owned a car in Chicago and why even when we did my dad rode the commuter to work every day. Ofcourse that was a long time ago, but it was still easier to ride the train then. For us it was cheaper, too, because our passage was free. Even then it beat gas prices. Haha.
I know it has a lot to do with the HEP draw. The new multi level cars we got are apparently very power hungry and draw way more juice then anything else in the fleet. Oh well. They ride nice, so I guess thats a plus.