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).
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).
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?
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. 😉