2014 Meetings

Ron Yee

April 18, 2014

A “Little Joe” on the Milwaukee Road in Montana. Jack E. Boucher photo, October 1974 (Wikipedia)

Join us for a ride 30-35 years back in electric traction history! Ron Yee photo-documented much of the 88-mile route of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad from Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago to the Bendix Terminal at South Bend, Indiana featuring the 1920s-vintage MUs from the late 1970s until their retirement in 1983. He also captured the famous “Little Joe” electric locomotives on this railroad prior to their replacement by diesel locomotives. In 1983, he photographed the transition of “The Little Railroad that Could” from the Insull-era MUs to the current fleet of Nippon-Sharyo MUs. On the subject of vintage MU electrics, Ron also recorded scenes at most stations along the Morristown Line during the final years of the “Thomas Edison” 1930s Lackawanna MUs as they wound their way from Hoboken Terminal to Dover and Gladstone, New Jersey. Time permitting, he may also show some other late 1970s thru 1980s views of electric action on the Northeast Corridor.

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