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Most of these pictures are new from the 4th version web page.  A few have been enhanced using PhotoShop for a more artistic appearance.  Some of these pictures were used before in earlier editions.  Most were taken along the C&M division of the former Milwaukee Road railroad.  

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The Southwest Limited heads east around the Houligan's curve near Chillocothe, Illinois.  The first generation SDP40-F's are in Amtrak's Phase II scheme.  Santa Fe had little or no problems with these units.  

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In August, 1977, No. 7, "The Empire Builder" is at Atkinson Road with two of the big units.  The lead unit still is in the original "WC Fields" scheme. 

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Amytak 8, the eastbound "Empire Builder" at the north end of Deerfield, Illinois with unit 531 in the lead.
The westbound "Hiawatha" passes through Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in this December, 1974 shot.  In this shot an E-9 B is the second unit.  Combinations like this were common on the Hiawatha.

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Brand new second generation SDP40-F's lead the westbound Builder north of Deerfield, Illinois. Notice the squared off front. This was taken in June, 1974 and meant the end of older power being used.

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A few of these units managed to be restriped to Phase 3 as shown here with unit 634 leading the westbound "California Zephyr" at Cicero, Illinois in this summer, 1980 picture.  By this time a number of these units were already being traded in.

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unit 573 still in its original color scheme pulls the "Builder" by the Forest Glen station on the northwest side of Chicago.

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536 and a mate lead the still "Rainbow" "Empire Builder" near the Halsted Street Bridge in Chicago.  The Santa Fe and BN received the first shipment of these units in 1973.    

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A frigid December day in 1974 with the two units and the Empire Builder passing Morgan Street in Chicago. At this point the tracks climbed up from street level.
577 was a regular on the "North Coast Hiawatha" seen heading west at Lake Forest,  Illinois.  Again, the E9-B unit was combined with the SDP40-F

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Eastbound AM8 (Empire Builder) at Ostermann Road in Deerfield with 533 in the lead.   

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A red nosed SDP40F shows itself as it rounds the curve north of Deerfield pulling the eastbound Empire Builder.  612 was not normally assigned to this train.

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Westbound "Empire Builder" near Atkinson Road, just north of Rondout, Illinois. 

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AMT 498 was rebuilt for HEP (head end power).  It is seen next to a phase II SDP40-F unit that no doubt was pulling the eastbound Southwest Limited from the Santa Fe.

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The southwest Chief, led by unit 51521, crosses over the high lift bridge over the South Branch of the Chicago River 
Unit 538 passes by the Deerfield, Illinois station with the westbound "Builder"  August, 1977.

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East Bound "California Zephyr" led by unit 597 approaches the Rooseveldt Road viaduct - a favorite haunt for rail fans in the 1970's.  It's Augst, 1978 and Superliners and new units are on the way.

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The North Coast Hiawatha on a hot summer day in 1974 led by second generation 580 in Deerfield, Illinois.

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Most likely the last of the red nosed SDP40-F's seen here pulling out with the Coast Starlight.   Taken in August, 1980, near the Los Angeles Union Depot  Superliners were a few months away.

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A Pooch (GE P30CH) leads the southbound Shawnee with new Superliner Coaches.  The Superliner cars ran on local trains out of Chicago prior to their introduction on the western trains.

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A phase II E unit 334 leads the Builder with a SDP40-F unit trailling.  Notice the different location of the stripe on the E unit compared to the picture of 498 on this page.  Seems like Amtrak had a problem of where the stripe should go!


E unit 208 leads a train on the 16th street tracks with the downtown Chicago in the background in this April, 1974 picture.

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Amtrak borrowed and later bought the bi-level cars that the CNW used for intercity service.  Shown here with F unit 4088 are two of the cars on a Milwaukee to Chicago train in July, 1973.

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Two SDP40-F's piggyback at McCook, Illinois with the eastbound Southwest Limited in this 1978 picture.  Little wonder Santa Fe made Amtrak drop "Chief".  Where's the diner and dome car?  Hmmm!

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