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    • videobruce b
      videobruce b

      Is the speed 10 mph for every move? What a bottle neck.

      about 1 month ago
    • misssouripacific
      misssouripacific

      great place to live?

      about 5 months ago
    • matt mcclure
      matt mcclure

      Great video. How did the Metra police not run you off from there? And did you park on Clark Street?

      about 6 months ago
    • Metra f40phm-2
      Metra f40phm-2

      Nice catch at 25:23

      about 6 months ago
    • Galaxy Railfanning
      Galaxy Railfanning

      Sweet video! Do you know approximately how many CN trains pass here on a daily basis?

      about 9 months ago
    • Marko Horvat
      Marko Horvat

      Damn dude, why did you stop uploading? Hope all is well....

      about 1 year ago
    • Zebrails
      Zebrails

      tail end of video/train, do you know what were the special NS cars?

      about 1 year ago
    • Tommy Thomason
      Tommy Thomason

      Interesting. I've never been to Chicago. The tracks and diamonds at that tower appear to be well ballasted and in very good condition.

      about 1 year ago
    • Joel Vela
      Joel Vela

      One of my favorite videos.

      about 1 year ago
    • Daniel Kennedy
      Daniel Kennedy

      A Great documentary! thank you

      about 2 years ago
    • David Barnett
      David Barnett

      The 16th Street tower looks like it has seen better days.

      about 2 years ago
    • Mark Hayes
      Mark Hayes

      seems to be an older video that was cleaned up and in higher HD quality. Any rate I still love watching it and this location with all the crossovers is so cool.

      about 2 years ago
    • gatblau1
      gatblau1

      Seems like a good place to watch trains. Does the railroad have any problem with you standing there? I'd like to rail fan there when I visit Chicago. I Might be working the convention center in June of 2017, so I could walk over there on breaks.

      about 2 years ago
    • Rich C
      Rich C

      Wow.... I thought there were signs saying it was illegal to go up there?

      about 2 years ago
    • FLNY Mike
      FLNY Mike

      The diamonds seem quiet on videos, but when you go to oneIRL,like in Plant City,FL, It's REAL LOUD!

      about 3 years ago
    • The Unexplored Backpacker
      The Unexplored Backpacker

      I'm surprised BC Rail made it all the way to Chicago...

      about 3 years ago
    • FLNY Mike
      FLNY Mike In reply to The Unexplored Backpacker

      @Ryan Crawford Parry Interesting.

      about 3 years ago
    • The Unexplored Backpacker
      The Unexplored Backpacker In reply to The Unexplored Backpacker

      +Amtrak Mikey I have a British Columbia Railway HO scale boxcar

      about 3 years ago
    • FLNY Mike
      FLNY Mike In reply to The Unexplored Backpacker

      It didn't. BCRail was taken over by CN sadly.

      about 3 years ago
    • Evan McCausland
      Evan McCausland

      Great footage. Really surprised you could get so close without being harassed by anyone, let alone police...

      about 3 years ago
    • Charonview
      Charonview

      Wow! Way cool! Definitely took care of my need to hear "clickety clacks" for a bit!

      about 3 years ago
    • Noah S.
      Noah S.

      looks like the BC rail units got pleb horns on them :(

      about 3 years ago
    • nanba25
      nanba25

      Brrr… the area @19:20, I wouldn't stay long here, especially alone

      about 3 years ago
    • nanba25
      nanba25

      Nice !
      Is this 16th Street tower (if it still exists in 2015) in function and manned ?
      Too bad they don't maintain a minimum these typical structures, it's a part of railroad history (makes me think of an Hopper painting). Gives a poor image of railroad industry, looking like that…

      about 3 years ago
    • xelotus
      xelotus

      At 5:00 & 28:40 same power and direction, different train. Nice video.

      about 4 years ago
    • Fred Stiening
      Fred Stiening

      It is worth mentioning the character of this junction is changing. The St Charles Air Line is the connection between the Illinois Central freight line along the lake and westward bound freight trains. It also carries an Illinois Amtrak train that has to back out of Union Station, a clumsy move.

      CN has long owned the Grand Trunk which skirts around the South Side of Chicago. They also control the former Wisconsin Central and Soo lines, allowing coast to coast Canadian trains to avoid their tracks north of Lake Superior. CN also owns the former EJE, which loops around from the Steel mills in Gary, to Joliet and north to Elgin.

      A couple years ago, CN bought Illinois Central - that has the route from Chicago to New Orleans, and the Western division out to Iowa. The junction at Griffith has been reconfigured to switch trains among all the CN properties. Railroad consolidation is greatly simplifying railroad operations in Chicago.

      Amtrak is building a connection between the former PRR tracks and the IC man line to end the need of Amtrak to use the Saint Charles Air Line.

      about 4 years ago
    • METX 190
      METX 190 In reply to Fred Stiening

      CN also owns Illinois Central along with Grand Trunk Western

      about 11 months ago
    • Fred Stiening
      Fred Stiening

      Regarding the "unsafe, illegal" open door on the Metra train - look closer. Since 1997, one car on each train is equipped to transport up to three wheelchairs. The vestibule arrangement on those handicapped cars is different.

      For those not familiar, LaSalle Street station is a few blocks to the North, which is the terminus of the Rock Island line. The bridge permanently in the up position (B&OCT) used to carry the B&O passenger trains with an immediate Northward turn into Grand Central Station, opposite Union Station on the other side of the Chicago River. When Amtrak took over, Grand Central was torn down and remains a huge empty lot still.

      South of the junction, the Dan Ryan subway exits from the State Street tunnel on its way to the media on of the Dan Ryan expressway

      about 4 years ago
    • Fred Stiening
      Fred Stiening

      The DuPont cars are carrying LNG (liquified natural gas) [probably]. The car following the tankers is the refrigeration car, and the "caboose" has the monitoring equipment. Just by its nature, LNG slowly boils off, no matter how perfect the insulation. The boil off is captured, recompressed and put back in. That keeps from losing the gas, leaking pollution, and risk of explosion.

      about 4 years ago
    • Sylderon
      Sylderon In reply to Fred Stiening

      Actually, those cars are used for training railway workers and emergency responders. Notice how the tank car has six domes on it, each a different type. LNG doesn't require refrigeration; it stays liquid because it is kept at high pressure.

      about 2 years ago
    • Larry R Wendell Jr
      Larry R Wendell Jr

      Very nice video, especially the 2 Amtraks with the private cars attached and the last CN with the old Livery color of Blue along with the present version of Black, White stripe and Red, and the DuPont cars and Caboose, wow what a catch, Thank you for efforts and sharing of thw video. :o)

      about 4 years ago
    • Karel Furiš
      Karel Furiš In reply to Larry R Wendell Jr

      Super video.

      about 4 years ago
    • Gary Plastek
      Gary Plastek

      Is that diamond at the 16th St. tower still in use, for both ways.

      about 4 years ago
    • Gary Plastek
      Gary Plastek

      Great video, loved seeing the old Boston & Maine car, as I use to live not far from the lines. Great closeup of the train going over the diamond. Heard of them saw them in video's but never a closeup look at one being used, thank you.

      about 4 years ago
    • Steel PC Gaming
      Steel PC Gaming

      i always did like the full cab sd-60's. just not in CN paint. the BCR paint looks better

      about 4 years ago
    • Uncle Stan
      Uncle Stan In reply to Steel PC Gaming

      IC 2461 at 41:56 is a Dash 8

      about 3 years ago
    • Uncle Stan
      Uncle Stan In reply to Steel PC Gaming

      CN 2450 at 37:50 is a Dash 8

      about 3 years ago
    • Uncle Stan
      Uncle Stan In reply to Steel PC Gaming

      CN 2446 at 28:48 is a Dash 8

      about 3 years ago
    • Uncle Stan
      Uncle Stan In reply to Steel PC Gaming

      BC Rail never owned any SD60s http://www.trainweb.org/rosters/BCOL.html

      about 3 years ago
    • Steel PC Gaming
      Steel PC Gaming In reply to Steel PC Gaming

      +JR 9521 better watch it again. if that's not an Sd60 in BCR colors, then that isn't an SD60 in CN colors. they are identical unites to me, just under a different flag

      about 3 years ago
    • Kevin Clower
      Kevin Clower

      My GF and I went there last Saturday (6/15/15) and observed a fairly prominent "No Trespassing" sign posted at the top of the gravel drive leading in off of Clark.  Not ever having been there before, I didn't know if this was recent, or had always been there, or if it was truly enforced.  So we moved to Lumber Street and the 18th Street Bridge instead.  May have been a good thing, as I kept an eye on the Air Line, and didn't see one train pass that way.  Is Saturday a bit more dead there?

      about 4 years ago