Thursday, January 5, 2017

Railfanning Joliet

A few videos from some railfanning in Joliet.

First, this counterbalanced bridge is usually in the up position, allowing boats and many barges to pass along the Des Plaines River.  On an early winter morning, I saw it raise up, silently:



Next, I saw an EJ&E Locomotive.  Don't see those too often in Joliet these days!:



Saturday, December 31, 2016

EJ&E Locomotive in Joliet

Rare catch!  EJ&E Locomotive 675 in Joliet:


Thursday, December 29, 2016

EJ & E Locomotive Through Peotone, Illinois

I did not expect to see an EJ & E locomotive when I stopped to railfan in Peotone!  This train came through at about 7:30 or 8:00 p.m.:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Why I Railfan

I railfan for many reasons:

1.  Have an excuse to be outside
2. Explore, visit new towns and learn about history of new towns
3. Public policy and regional planning interest.  Whenever I watch an intermodal train roll by, I  wonder: What is in those containers?  Where were the products made?  Who made them?
4. Surprises.  I love watching trains go, watching for messages from people I don't know, like this one:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

CSX Empty Intermodal Train in St. Anne, Illinois

As I was filling up with gas at the Casey's in St. Anne, Illinois, I heard a train horn and just made it to catch this CSX train hauling empty intermodal cars:

Chicago L Train at Night

Here is one of my first railfanning videos of the Chicago CTA on a beautiful October night: