Chicago's Metra likes steam power

First the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine came to Chicago in June for the Joliet Rocket excursion and now the Soo Line 1003 steam engine visits the Galewood train station in Chicago on Saturday.Too bad I found out about the Soo Line visit 12 hours too late.I would have loved to have seen it on display at the station.I am guessing a big shot at Metra likes steam engines and is making these trips possible.I hope this trend continues!

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Dan986 posted:

First the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine came to Chicago in June for the Joliet Rocket excursion and now the Soo Line 1003 steam engine visits the Galewood train station in Chicago on Saturday.Too bad I found out about the Soo Line visit 12 hours too late.I would have loved to have seen it on display at the station.I am guessing a big shot at Metra likes steam engines and is making these trips possible.I hope this trend continues!

Cool, I notice it was pulling grain cars? Revenue run to pay for the costs?

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suzukovich posted:
Dan986 posted:

First the Nickel Plate 765 steam engine came to Chicago in June for the Joliet Rocket excursion and now the Soo Line 1003 steam engine visits the Galewood train station in Chicago on Saturday.Too bad I found out about the Soo Line visit 12 hours too late.I would have loved to have seen it on display at the station.I am guessing a big shot at Metra likes steam engines and is making these trips possible.I hope this trend continues!

Cool, I notice it was pulling grain cars? Revenue run to pay for the costs?

More for braking power.  The trip was paid for by the Shriners.

Rusty

dmestan posted:

I just woke up to the sound of a steam whistle, possibly coming from the Milwaukee District North line crossing Half Day Rd in Bannockburn a few miles from my house.  Could this be the same engine?

Don

Nah, that's probably one of the regularly scheduled Metra steam-hauled commuter trains that you heard.

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