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Chicago trip, 2018

In April 2018, my friend George Hiotis and I made a 14-day, 2300-mile journey from my home in Bloomsburg, Pa., to Chicago and back.  Ostensibly, we made the trip for the Center for Railroad Photography & Art's annual conference, but we spent most of a week before and all of a week afterwards on the road.  Between the two of us, we came back with about 10,000 images; we photographed at something like 75 locations, in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia, from before dawn until long after dark on most days, stumbling on some astonishing places and buildings in addition to the dozens that George had put on the initial itinerary, developed through scads of research in the months before the trip.  For the story of our last day on the road, click here.  For other images from the trip, see below.

Arcelor Mittal steel mill, Cleveland
Westbound South Shore commuter train
South Shore Freight eastbound
Eastbound South Shore commuter train
Washington-Wabash station
L train crossing Washington Street
Amtrak maintainer at 21st Street
Amtrak maintainer
Signals at C&NW Terminal
Metra outbound Rock Island District train
South Shore westbound
South Shore eastbound on 11th Street
Nicholas waiting
Nicholas waiting
George Hiotis and CSX freight
Columbus Avenue crossing
CSX freight passing B&O coal tower
Eastbound CSX freight
B&O bridge arches

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