RAILROAD DAZE - Franklin Park



JUNE  14  2014

Franklin Park Railroad Daze

Wow. . .really nothing there I / You couldn't see any day

This year No UP, BRC, or CN

Cool METRA ticket

Rear Car on Track 11 - CUS for trip to Franklin Park

METRA402 - State Of Illinois - train that brought me to Franklin Park

Railroad Daze

Late arriving Passenger Equipment  -  METRA216 brings in

METRA Cabcar8519


SLRG (Iowa Pacific) Empire Builder Dome

Iowa Pacific Diner


Adirondack Club Car

AMTRAK Sleeper 39042


AMTRAK 33036

Very Late Arriving  Equioment led by IHB4014 (GP40-2)


CP2226 GP20C (DRS-20)

NS 5337 (GP38-2)

Trains that came by:   CP8909 (ES44AC)

CP9584 (AC44CW)

CSX7849 (C40-8W)


MAY  10  2014




A really sad show for railroad buffs:  Only Belt Ry of Chicago / NS / METRA / AMTRAk

were present + a few private cars

A real sad looking Iowa Pacific 515 (My Birthday Unit!)

Evelyn Henry

Built in 1954 for the Union Pacific - sleeping car features 6 double bedrooms with lower and upper beds.

A shower and bathroom is located between each pair of bedrooms.

A new feature is the master suite “Grand Canyon” with queen size bed, private bathroom, TV/VCR,

and a spacious closet.






NS 5337 GP38-2 Operation Lifesaver Unit (from my iPhone)



Bad pix of BRC210 (Gotta remember to use iPhone

for dark places)

Warren R. Henry

Built in 1955 for the Union Pacific Railroad, the dome car features panoramic viewing upstairs, a formal dining room or boardroom for meetings and a beautifully appointed lower level lounge with satellite TV, DVD, and CD player. A complete bar is located on the lower level and an open rear platform

Some goodies I received

METRA 413 departing CUS


Walking home past the Willis Tower with its walk-on ledges

(not as scary as Hancock 30+% tilt)

I should have stopped - Oh well next time)




One third of the 66 restaurants and food vendors lined up for this year's Taste of Chicago

are new. The festival takes place July 9 to 13 in Grant Park.

This year, grocery store chain Mariano's, which is expanding in the Chicago area, will be in the cooking demonstration area and will be a five-day restaurant at the festival.

Here is a full list of food vendors. The ones new to Taste of Chicago are in Green.


Abbey Pub & Restaurant, 3420 W. Grace St.

Bacino's of Lincoln Park, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave.

Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.

Big Cheese Poutinerie, 3401 N. Clark

Billy Goat Inn, 1535 W. Madison St.

BJ's Market & Bakery, 8734 S. Stony Island Ave.

Bobak Sausage Co., 5275 S. Archer Ave.

Caffe Gelato, 2034 W. Division St.

Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, 300 W. 26th St.

Chicago's Dog House, 816 W. Fullerton

Churro Factory, 3755 W. Armitage St.

Connie's Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave.

Eli's Cheesecake, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive

Franco's Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.

Fudge Pot, 1532 N. Wells

Gold Coast Dogs, 225 S. Canal St.

Iyanze, 4623 N. Broadway St.

Kasia's Deli, 2101 W. Chicago Ave.

Lawrence's Fisheries, 2120 S. Canal St.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 805 S. State St.

M Burger, 100 W. Randolph

Manny's Coffee Shop (back after two-year hiatus), 1141 S. Jefferson St.

Mariano's, locations throughout Chicago

Noodle Vietnamese, 2336 S. Wentworth Ave.

Oak Street Beach Café, 5700 S. Cicero Ave.

O'Briens Restaurant, 1528 N. Wells St.

Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave.

Pazzo's Cucina, 101 N. Wacker Drive

Ricobene's on 26th St., 252 W. 26th St.

Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, 225 S. Canal St.

Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St.

SpritzBurger, 3819 N. Broadway

Star of Siam, 11 E. Illinois St.

Tuscany, 1014 W. Taylor St.

Vee-Vee's African Restaurant, 6232 N. Broadway St.

POP-UP RESTAURANTS, presented by WTTW's “Check, Please!”

Brasserie by LM, 800 S. Michigan Ave.

Brazilian Bowl Grill, 3204 N. Broadway

Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize, 2518 W. 63rd St.

Jin Ju, 5203 N. Clark St.

Kamehachi, 1531 N. Wells St.

Mama Mia, 3131 N. Central Ave.

Mayan Sol Latin Grill, 3830 W. Lawrence Ave.

Punky's Pizza & Pasta, 2600 S. Wallace St.

Restaurant Veneno de Nayarit, 1024 N. Ashland Ave.

Riva, 700 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier

Sol de Mexico, 3018 N. Cicero

Stan's Donuts & Coffee, 1560 N. Damen Ave.

Taco Joint, 158 W. Ontario



Beavers Coffee & Donuts

Bombay Wraps

Bridgeport Pasty

The Cheesies Truck

Chicago Cupcake

Chicago Lunchbox

Gino's Steak


Harold's Chicken


Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes

Pork Chop

Starfruit Café

Taquero Fusion

Fat Shallot

Salsa Truck

Windy City Patty Wagon