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The Lake Street Elevated Railroad circa 1894. Chicago Transit Authority

Chicago’s iconic ‘L’ train is 125 years old

The Lake Street Elevated Railroad circa Chicago Transit Authority

The "Leviathan" steam locomotive, a replica of the steam-powered "Jupiter" of Central Pacific fame, pulling a passenger train at the Illinois Railway Museum on September 18, 2011. Chicago businessman David Kloke built the locomotive from 1999 to 2009 at a shop in West Chicago. It operated at the Illinois Railway Museum on select weekends in August and September 2011.

Replica Steam Locomotive Leviathan at Illinois Railway Museum,Awesome and fun,get to ride Trains.

RailPictures.Net Photo: UP 4023 Union Pacific Steam 4-8-8-4 at Omaha, Nebraska by Paul M. Rome

UP 4023 Union Pacific Steam at Omaha, Nebraska.One of many UP 660 ton Big Boy steam locomotives.

Late night train from Buffalo to Chicago. Will be able to get my Z's on the train at least.

Late night train from Buffalo to Chicago. Will be able to get my Z's on the train at least.

Chicago's past. They don't make them like they used to. What happened to great transportation design in the US?

The Chicago and North Western Railway’s type streamliners, which headed the “Overland Limited” and “Challenger” trains between Chicago and the West Coast, stand in the Chicago Passenger.

Four modern atlantic type locomotives were purchased in 1935 to power a high speed train named the "Hiawatha" between Chicago and St. Paul/Minneapolis. These were the first steam locomotives to be built streamlined. They were also the first steam locomotives intended to cruise at 100 mph (they could reach 120 mph).

Milwaukee Class A Atlantic Built by ALCO in to power a high speed train named the "Hiawatha". The first steam locomotive to be built streamlined . They were also the first steam locomotives intended to cruise at 100 mph (they could reach 120 mph).

The 999 Steam Locomotive was a new concept in speed locomotives. Engine 999 was assigned to haul the New York Central Railroad's brilliant new passenger train, the Empire State Express. On May 10, 1893, the 999 became the fastest land vehicle when it reached a record speed of 112.5 mph. The 999 maintained the record for a decade.

The 999 Steam Locomotive was a new concept in speed locomotives. Engine 999 was assigned to haul the New York Central Railroad's brilliant new passenger train, the Empire State Express.

Pennsylvania Railroad K 4 class Pacific steam locomotive on a passenger train. Circa 1930's.

Pennsylvania Railroad K 4 class Pacific steam locomotive on a passenger train passing through Englewood Station.

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