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Union Pacific Northwest Train Hits a Tree on Tracks

Union Pacific Northwest Train Hits a Tree on Tracks

Ok, maybe the title shouldn't be so breaking-news-like and maybe now this doesn't look like a big deal but it was much more exciting sitting in the first car right after the engine when a loud bang pierced the relative quietness (most of the loud people usually get off the train a couple of stops earlier). Judging by the noise, the amount of leaves and wood chips that shot past the windows of the car - what you see stuck to the cowcatcher* is only a small part of what we hit.

* Cowcatcher ( the pilot, cattle catcher) - is the front part of a train that supposed to deflect foreign objects on the track and prevent derailing.

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August 06, 2018
Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

One can take a ride on the Nebraska Zephyr, which operated from 1947 to 1971 and now the only surviving EMD E5, an A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive. Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Or hop on a tram (or streetcar or trolley car) and go around the campus of the Illinois Railway Museum. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Among the exhibits of the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is railroad snow removal equipment. There are giant wedge plows and oddly looking rotary snowplows, like this one. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum II

Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum II

There are rows of locomotives, cars, and streetcars in the train-sheds of the Illinois Railway Museum. One of them is the Milwaukee Road 265 - a 4-8-4 "Northern"-Type steam locomotive. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum I

Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum I

The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railroad museum in the United States. Its hangars shelter numerous displays of old railroad equipment. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Ladder 2737, a Fire Truck from Grayslake

Ladder 2737, a Fire Truck from Grayslake

Ladder 2737 from the Grayslake Fire Protection District. Model: 1999 Pierce Dash, pump: 2,000 gpm, tank: 500 gallon. Found in McHenry, Illinois.

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June 29, 2017
Moored Boat

Moored Boat

Moored boat bobs upon the waves of the ocean.

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July 13, 2015
Dumping Ground of Stolen Cars

Dumping Ground of Stolen Cars

Brooklyn. Gerritsen Creek. Stolen car dumping ground.

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April 14, 2012
Burned Stolen Car

Burned Stolen Car

Gerritsen Creek, Brooklyn. Burned stolen car.

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April 14, 2012
Blizzard 2010. No transport, almost no people