Chicago Outer Belt
Chicago has long been known as "railroad city" with the many, many railroad lines entering the area from all directions. This book presents a railroad line that did not enter the city from afar, but went around the city, connecting with all the major railroads emanating from the area: the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. This well-illustrated book shows many examples of the people, trackage, motive power, rolling stock, and line-side facilities that made the E,J&E an interesting railroad. This 127-page book should be of interest to any railfan interested in: Chicago railroads, unique locomotives (including rare Baldwin DT-6-6-2000 center-cab diesels), belt lines, junctions, rail history, and the people that made it work. While a fan of the E,J&E for many years, this book brought to light several aspects of the line that I had not known about such as its steam locomotives and right-of-way details under one cover. The E,J&E is still going strong, and this is a welcome overview of this fascinating line.
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