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The Illinois Railway Museum

I cannot think of a better thing to do on a day off that visit some beautiful old trains. In particular, I am interested in the CTA trains. Here are some of the beauties I caught this Friday afternoon.

The first thing you’ll visit is the Union Station House. It’s complete and feels as authentic as it might have more than a 100 years ago (I am sure).

Union ticket office

An inter-urban train run by this motorman was a special treat. With the windows wide open on the front of the car, it was a breeze and refreshing 25-minute ride. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He also looked like Christopher Walken (or at least his brother).

On the tracks

A special livery in 1976 adorned the Skokie Swift (in this iteration) for the country’s centennial. It also was a reflection of the spirit of Chicagoans. I think it’s great and would love that to come back sometime. Maybe in 2026 for the 250th?

"I Will: The Spirit of Chicago" emblem

Burlington and sky

Leftover roll signs

There are plenty more photos where that came from at the actual museum, but I was most impressed with the sky above Union.

On the way back to the highway, I pulled over to capture this scene on the way home. This is a pano stitched in Photoshop from 9 images to give a true sense of diversity in the sky that day. I was humbled to say the least. And felt about 2″ tall. 😉

The brewing storm