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REA Transfer by classictrains REA Transfer by classictrains
I keep posting photos of passenger trains where I mention pulling off the head end cars and taking them to the mail docks.

I earlier posted a picture of those docks in Kansas City [link] and while browsing though my slides I found this clear shot of the Railway Express Agency warehouse off the Union and LaSalle Street Station's lead tracks south of Chicago's loop. It's a bit hard to see but there are 2 SW's shuffling cars back there in the shadows.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
PRR ya nice shot i love it!!
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
You know, the background makes this whole scene look like it's straight out of a model railroad. I swear.

But Jeebus, that's a ton of trackage to comprehend.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
A lot of people have made observations like that about several of my photos. I think it's because the backgrounds tend to be a little out of focus (or grainy) which makes them look like a model where depth of field tends to be limited. In some of my photos I have accentuated this by picking a focal point and then running unsharp mask just on that rather than the whole picture.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
True. I have used the blurring and selective sharpening techniques myself lately to generate some more depth, but mostly just for enhancement. In your case, the background from the curved building back just looks so pristine and clean that it almost looks fake. But that makes the shot sooooo good.
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samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
PRR certainly didn't like flashy colors! ;)
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
I know. I have quite a few IC, NYC and PRR pix. They are so blah I don't even like to scan them. There's not a lot of "life" to them. It's kind of like taking pictures of the NS these days... why bother?
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Sylderon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
I saw a picture of that area before, but I wondered what exactly it was. Now it's the Metra shops, I believe.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Hmm... I've been threatening to spend a day seeing what's left of my old haunts.
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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Great photo and another memory trip! Unless it was a weekend, I was probably at work in the REA building (the address was 433 W. Harrison if my memory is to be trusted) in the background. I worked for REA (1965-66) and then REALCO (the subsidiary that provided leased trailers for TOFC back in the day) from 1966 to 1969. Years later when I got married again, my wife's grandfather had been an REA delivery truck driver at the time, based out of the REAX garage a block or so away, but I didn't know him at the time. BTW, I was almost thrown off the bridge to the right during the MLK riots, but that's another story.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
I wondered if you would see this. To be precise it was Sunday May 28, 1967. Thanks for the personal memories.
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