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Great Western at Northwestern. by Sylderon Great Western at Northwestern. by Sylderon
As the northbound train to Waukegan pulled out of Northwestern Station (Oglevie Transportation Center if you really want to call it that) something caught my eye: a caboose. Seeing any caboose is a rather rare occurance these days, but this one was particularly special. It is lettered "CGW" for Chicago Great Western, a granger road that arrived late in the game, suffered from both competition and (from 1950 onwards) incompetent management that tried to raise profits by destroying service quality. Eventually it was purchased and merged with the Chicago & NorthWestern in 1968. To find a caboose from the Great Western, still carrying the old reporting marks, and freshly painted, I simply couldn't resist the opportunity. After coming back to Northwestern Station, I walked almost to the end of the platforms and was able to get a shot before I was reprimanded over the station announcement system. I simply explained to the railroad police officer that "It's not every day you see a 60-year-old caboose." He seemed satisfied with my explaination, and that I hadn't gone on the tracks or messed with the equipment.

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program (35mm SLR)
Lens: Argosy f2.8/28mm
Film: Kodak Gold (ASA 100)
Exposure: 1/60 @ f4
Date: 7 May 2006
Negative #CTS-18
Cropped, framed, and captioned using Adobe PhotoShop & :macos:
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I would have to say "Chicago Great Western" is one of my all time favorite road names.

Is it true the CGW was the first road to run a piggyback train?
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factorone33 Jun 11, 2006  Professional Photographer
Very rare capture. There are two yellow UP cabooses sitting out near where I live, one near the Ellis Railroad Museum (which I've shot, and the pics are in my gallery), and another that is privately owned by a local railfan who has supposedly over 15,000 railroad photos taken over the last 20 years. Real nice guy. Both are 5-digit numbers and carry the original paint and everything. Rare to see those in an area where the only railroad coming through is a high-speed mainline with no industrial service spurs of anykind outside of Kansas City, Topeka, or Denver.
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visionthrumyeyes Jun 10, 2006
i like the angle on this one!
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Glad you enjoy it!
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