TRAINSPOTTER'S LUCK. A few weekends ago, I was held up in downtown DeKalb by a freight train pulled by Union Pacific's Chicago and North Western themed heritage unit, leading two of the few remaining Chicago and North Western Dash Nines still in full yellow and green. After dark, of course. (The train was long enough to do credit to the Chicago Great Western, although, and unlike the Chicago Great Western, it was not the only eastbound train for the next three days.)

Yesterday, while I was stuck in traffic on the Kennedy Expressway, the Chicago Transit Authority's Christmas train, complete with Santa and his reindeer on a flatcar in best Milwaukee Electric fashion, rolled by enroute to O'Hare. After dark, and too much traffic to risk hauling out the camera for a grab shot.

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