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New Owner II by classictrains New Owner II by classictrains
A northbound Canadian National through freight trundles over Illinois route 56 this afternoon. How much longer will the EJ&E lettering last on this bridge I wonder.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope it stays there forever...:worry:
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Probably forever. There are still bridge in the New York area that still wear NYC, Erie, DL&W, PRR and CNJ lettering.
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BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
it's kind of a shame, i always liked working the J. it was usually so nice and quiet, and everybody was really nice and helpful. and once you got the hang of taking track warrants on the fly it was pretty easy. now it's gonna be pretty crowded. hope they keep the cabooses though, they are pretty cool
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I haven't seen any crummy's on the J in years... Traffic hasn't increased significantly yet... And there's still a train order hoop at JB [link]

As with the comments above... I think the change that the suburbs were worried about was greatly over stated.
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BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
yeah, it won't be that bad. i've passed that hoop for years running around the new connection to head south on the J, never knew what it was untill recently! the J uses cabooses, usually with EOTs on the back, for their locals. i've seen one used on a job out of Joliet yard that does something or other on the west side of the canal. got to look around in one a few times, they are really depressing inside. all stripped out and torn up. not much more than a drafty shoving platform. you can see where the radios and seats and even beds and the head used to be though. i think they have heat though,seen gas canisters underneath a few of them
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Do UP crews run through on the J? I've talked to the driver of a crew van at JB a couple of times. I got the impression that there was always a crew change there. Then often he drives over to Griffith and picks up the same crew again.
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BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
things might have changed, but normally crews based out of west chicago would handle coal on the J. probably 50% of the time we would pull loads east of Turner, then shove back over the J, up thru the yard on the downtown lead, up towards the Belvidere sub, cross over to the J through the interchange yard, and either park the trains on the main or the siding just past Hawthorne. the rest of the time we took a single auto train bound for Griffith down the J,3 DPU coals with about 130 cars each for the Will County power plant, one or two for somewhere in indiana, and at least one that went to the CN that we would take up and park on a siding. same with the will counties and the auto racks, just park and tie them down, let the J crew take them the rest of the way.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
That interchange yard is rather interesting. I've been wandering around under the bike path bridge hoping for a shot of something. The only thing I've seen there now is bad-order cars!
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BigBadMatt Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
yeah, they hide the cars full of "dirty dirt" from the contaminated site south of Anne st there. i dunno why they are running DPUs on the stackers, they are really lightweight with almost no slack, the usually have decent power, and it's a lot of work to cut off the rear unit, put the train away, retrieve the dpu, and take it where it's got to go. oh well, it's not my big yellow train set...
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
LOL... I'll put one shot up later. I kinda wondered.
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