Classic Chicago freight trains

Freight trains from the 1970s and 1980s
John Bjorklund, collection of Center for Railroad Photography and Art
The Chicago & North Western switches newsprint cars in downtown Chicago in September 1981.
Trains is working with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art to present this gallery of Chicago area commuter 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 freight 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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