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Illinois Central Railroad Electric "Multiple Unit" Cars in Chicago, 1970 (editor's title)

IC "lowliners"
Classic Illinois Central Railroad electric multiple-unit cars pausing at the Roosevelt Road station in Chicago, September 18, 1970. Roosevelt Road was opposite IC's Central Station. The train is passing under a pedestrian walkway, and the Chicago skyline is visible in the background. Illinois Central built the line and the first commuter service started in 1856. Electrification came in 1926, and 17 years after this photograph was made, IC sold the line to Metra, which operates it today as the Metra Electric District. Not long after the photograph, IC's new double-deck "Highliner" cars entered service, leading to the older, single-level equipment, pictured here, being called "Lowliners."
Source George W. Hamlin, Fairfax, Virginia
Coverage Spatial, Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, September 18, 1970
Rights George W. Hamlin
Date Created 1970-09-18
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois
Creator Description George Hamlin has been taking railroad photographs since 1956. Beginning with a Kodak "Brownie," he progressed to 35mm in 1964 with the acquisition of an Argus C-3 "Brick." Photographing primarily in black and white until 1970, George then switched to color and Nikon cameras, first with slides and now with digital. His work has been published in a number of rail-oriented periodicals and books, beginning with Trains magazine in 1963. He also has been photographing airliners since the late 1960s, and contributes to both the trade and hobby press in this field, as well. George lives in northern Virginia where he works as an aviation/transportation consultant.
Collection George W. Hamlin Collection
Image ID rr261
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