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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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RoadTripDog Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
I'm on your 'watcher' list so keep 'em coming! I have other surprising connections with rail, I ought to list them sometime. I enjoy the photos of old Chicago commuter lines too, back when the real railroads operated them. The NorthWestern was my commute of choice - the monthly pass wasn't cheap, but what a luxury ride! I even took the South Shore a few times to visit a girlfriend just around the lake. Good times.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, the Geep's like "Quit lookin' at them, I'M the star!" :rofl:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
WOW!!! What a great shot Chris! I'm not just saying that because of the Pennsy Geep, but it helps.
-YD
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thanks Don. I keep finding stuff I passed over for scanning before and see different things that surprise me.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's just amazing to me what all you have photographed!
-YD
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
I think it's amazing that odd little thing like this keep turning up. I've been through almost all rail my slides more than once in the past 2 years... trying not to duplicate RR and locomotive model... (well Warbonnet F's excepted)... and almost every time I look I find something else that jogs a synapse.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
The scope and variety of your photography is impressive. I'd love to see you do a coffee table book of your rail photos.
-YD
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Several people have said that to me. I've thought about it briefly and then said... Naa... this is more fun.

What I REALLY want to do is collect enough to make a CD or DVD and sell it for enough to pay for materials and postage... maybe bundle it with some simple screen saver freeware. I kinda had my eye on the 999 deviation number to do that.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well if you ever consider doing a book, I know top notch graphic designer who would be willing to help. You do have an amazing collection of photos.
I'd buy a CD if you ever do it.
-YD
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classictrains Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Thanks Don! Sounds a lot like "work" though. :-)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Quite a view really, nice to see such clean yards :)
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