Classic Chicago passenger trains

Passenger trains from the 1960s and 1970s
John Bjorklund, collection of Center for Railroad Photography and Art
Santa Fe passenger train No. 1, the westbound 'San Francisco Chief,' is seen at Dearborn Station in Chicago in December 1970, just a few months before the creation of Amtrak.
Trains is working with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art to present this gallery of Chicago area passenger train photographs. They come from the Center’s John F. Bjorklund Collection, which consists of 55,000 color slides of railroading throughout the U.S. and Canada from the 1960s into the 2000s. Bjorklund was most active during the 1970s and 1980s, and his images provide a glimpse into another era of Chicago area commuter service.

All photographs are by John F. Bjorklund, © 2016, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Browse some 1,500 highlights from the Bjorklund Collection on the Center’s website at:

Be sure to check out Trains' upcoming special issue, Chicago America's Railroad Capital, and the companion DVD. Both are available in January.
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