Interurban & Electric
Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee - Passenger/DVD
Machines of Iron has compiled footage from several Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee photographers to bring you this look at the last few years of the line. Starting in the Chicago “Loop” we will follow the North Shore north through Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, Northbrook and Waukegan, to name a few, and then into Wisconsin through the countryside and on to street running in Milwaukee. We take a short look at the Chicago to Mundelein Branch This is a must have for Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee fans. A great variety of locations and equipment are highlighted.
Chicagoland Tower Views/DVD
Chicagoland Tower Views takes a look at thirteen locations in Chicago and Northern Indiana. Machines of Iron visited these spots in 1999 and 2000. Some of the towers have since closed. We'll see Corwith Tower, Brighton Park Crossing, Root Street Tower, Ash Street Crossing, Gresham Tower, Vermont Street Tower and station (Blue Island), Blue Island Junction, State Line Tower, Hohman Avenue Tower, Grasselli Tower, and Hick Tower. There are plenty of trains to see from CSX, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Soo, Conrail, Norfolk Southern, Indiana Harbor Belt, Union Pacific, Amtrak, Metra, and many more..
Indiana Harbor Belt & Belt Railways of Chicago/DVD
At roughly 40 miles long, the Indiana Harbor Belt came into existence 100 years ago as a switching railroad to serve the many industries in and around Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Today it's a completely modern operation that not only offers switching and classification services but, also a bypass around Chicago for freight trains from nearly every Class 1 railroad in the region. We follow the IHB's mainline from Franklin Park to the Port of Indiana. Included are a behind the scenes look at the Harbor Belt's Hammond shops, and Gibson and Blue Island Yards. The Belt Railway of Chicago's six Alco Century C424s are now gone. By 1999, the BRC decided it was time to remove their C424s from active service. We look back at the C424s as they plied the rails around Chicago And finally we'll visit Blue Island, one of the busiest rail junctions in Chicagoland. For sheer volume of train activity, Blue Island has to rank among the top. Trains belonging to Metra, the Grand Trunk Western, B&O Chicago Terminal, and the Indiana Harbor Belt pass through this busy junction.
Inside the Zephyr Pit/DVD
Metra boasts a 97% on-time record. To maintain that kind of performance day in and day out, top-notch maintenance of equipment is an absolute necessity. Keeping the coaches and locomotives in the best condition is the responsibility of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe's 14th Street maintenance facility in Chicago -- known as the Zephyr Pit.
This is Our Railroad - The North western/DVD
This film was produced by the Chicago and North Western public affairs department. The CNW president introduces the film that highlights each of the railroad department: Operating, Materials & Real Estate, Sales & Marketing, Legal, Public Affairs, Planning, Systems Corporate & Industrial Engineering, Finance & Accounting, and Personnel & Labor Relations.
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