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Galesburg Railroad Days - 1995 / Elmhurst, Illinois Hot Spot

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Galesburg Railroad Days / Elmhurst, Illinois Hot Spot

Galesburg, Illinois is a city rich in railroad history. Not only is Galesburg an important junction point for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads, it is also a busy Amtrak stop as well. To honor its heritage, the city celebrates Railroad Days every year.

Railroad Days in Galesburg takes place every year during the month of June and draws many participants from railroad industry. This program, taped in 1995, highlights representatives from the Santa Fe and Burlington Northern railroads, Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, Valen Safety, and the St. Louis Steam Train Association. Special appearance by Frisco steam locomotive 1522.

The Elmhurst, Illinois Hot Spot segment takes place in May 1995 on the last weekend of operation for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. The following Monday, the Northwestern disappeared into the Union Pacific Railroad by way of merger. Also included is a brief look at nearby Proviso Yard and the hump yard operations there.

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Our first stop on a 87 degree day at Railroad Days was Santa Fe's brand new, air conditioned, SD75 #225.

Burlington Northern displayed a rig for derailing and then re-railing a flat car.

Metra brought out a set of commuter coaches and an F40 locomotive. This train took passengers through the massive, nearby Burlington Northern freight yard.

Up from St. Louis was Frisco steam locomotive #1522, a 4-8-2 that was pulled from the St. Louis Museum of Transportation and restored. Milwaukee Road #261 has been another frequent visitor to Galesburg for Railroad Days.

Chicago Northwestern C40-8 8521 leads a westbound unit coal train past the Metra station platforms in downtown Elmhurst.

Two westbound depart Proviso Yard. This was the last weekend of operation for the Chicago Northwestern before takeover by the Union Pacific Railroad.

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