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The Galesburg Safety Express / RSA's International Rail Expo 2000

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Program 129
The Galesburg Safety Express / RSA's International Expo 2000

With public education in mind, the Chicago Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society got together with the Friends of the 261 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe to increase the general publicís awareness of grade crossings. They decided to do it by running a live steam locomotive across a few of them. In this case, that steam locomotive was Milwaukee Road 261 pulling a string of historic passenger cars dubbed the Galesburg Safety Express.

Every four years, the Railway Supply Associationís Outdoor Expos give railroad executives get the chance to "kick the tires" on some of the latest high-tech offerings from all the major suppliers in the industry. At the Year 2000 event we concentrated on locomotives including Chicagolandís own EMD.

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Here we go. The 261 tip-toes over the slip switches on the way out of Union Station.

Bringing up the markers is former Milwaukee Road observation car "Cedar Rapids".

The Safety Express pulls into the Highway 59 Metra station.

At Mendota, the Safety Express is stretched around the big sweeping curve while the 261 is stopped for servicing.

That's the Mendota Amtrak station visible through the windows of the Cedar Rapids as the train heads out of town.

Just outside of Galesburg, the train pauses for a photo runby.

Once every four years the Railway Supply Association holds its annual outdoor Expo at Metra's 14th Street facility.

With the skyline of Chicago in the background, Canadian Pacific SD90MAC 9301 is open for viewing.

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