This past weekend, for the first time in 44 years, there was passenger rail service between Chicago and Madison. Named after the Milwaukee Road’s “Varsity” that ran the same route back in the day, this was a special excursion train run to coincide with the Wisconsin-Northwestern football game in Evanston Illinois.
I went downtown to see the train off on Sunday, and was greeted by two E8 locomotives and passenger cars painted in gorgeous colors, under a beautiful blue sky.
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Today I was tempted by antiques at the MadCity Model Railroad Show.
Fresh snow covers a railroad bridge over Starkweather Creek.
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An old ticket window like this makes me wonder about all the people that passed through this train station. What were their stories? Where were they headed?
The Illinois Railway Museum has a fine collection of restored rolling stock. But I found their fleet of rusty and corroded steam locomotives to be much more fascinating.
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This E9 diesel locomotive was manufactured in 1961, and originally served on the Milwaukee Road’s long-distance Hiawatha passenger service, traveling at speeds up to 95mph.
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Seeing a scene like this, I expect a ghostly train (steam powered of course) to come screaming out of the misty vanishing point. Perhaps I should get off the tracks…
I’ve noticed the sun setting along the railroad tracks at the corner of Fair Oaks and Thurber avenues before, and wished I had my camera. It happened to be in the car when I drove by today.
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More ghosts from Madison’s past…
At the former site of the city’s Milwaukee Road station, a passenger train sits dormant.
Continue reading All aboard!