The best street running video I've ever seen was a clip I had
downloaded, and burned onto a CD someplace of a UP train with a SD-40
pulling a string of hoppers and stopping at traffic lights next to and
behind cars. The train is long enough that it can be seen snaking around
a corner behind the loco, and it's just really strange. I looked on
Youtube, and couldn't find it, but I'm sure someone can find it
someplace. Everyone I showed it to laughed at it. I don't think I would
be really happy to see an SD-40 coming up behind me when I'm stopped at
I think it was taped in Sacramento, CA.
The South Shore Line between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, originally
an interurban streetcar line, had street running of full-sized electric
multiple unit trains in South Bend prior to 1970; some street running of
passenger and freight trains still occurs in Michigan City. Some time in
the 1980s I saw a rush-hour commuter train from Chicago formed of
diesel-hauled Metra gallery cars running on-street in Michigan City.
I have some photos of the South Shore Line taken in 1968 at
I remember seeing some of that when I was a little kid. We went to
dinner at a friend of my dad's once, and saw some electric MU cars go by
at a crossing. It was maybe 63 or so.
One of my earliest memories of Chicago was seeing steam locos being
taken to the scrapyards in long strings. Lots and lots of N&W locos
passing by my window as the NYC train I was in neared Chicago. 1959 or
60 I guess. I sure wish I had a camcorder back then. I used to have a
couple of blurry pics of it, taken with a crappy camera my grandmother
had given me. They were taken, along with most of the stuff that could
be easily carried out when someone broke into my place. They stole some
really weird stuff, silverware, money from my wallet, the box of old
pics, some LPs and cassettes, and my can opener.
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