Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013


Tower by William 74
Tower, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
The Art Deco/Streamline Moderne clock tower at the St. Charles Municipal Building. This is a pretty cool building, and I'm glad that the city has both kept it original and in good condition.

Also, it was an excellent cloud day.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nothing could be finer....

Nothing could be finer.... by William 74
Nothing could be finer...., a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
...than an Electroliner!

The Electroliner was the North Shore's premier train. Running a swift two hour schedule between Milwaukee and Chicago, the 'Liner was introduced in 1941 in an attempt to bolster the road's ridership. It worked, and proved a popular train until it's retirement in 1963. The two Electroliner train sets were eventually sold to the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Lines, where they were re-christened Liberty Liners, and continued to serve until 1976.

This is train set 801-802, and has been repainted beautifully in it's original livery by the Illinois Railway Museum. Sadly, it is currently non-operable, although plans are afoot to get the 'Liner running again in the near future. It usually lives indoors, but does make the occasional appearance outside at the Museum's restored L platform.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Made in Racine

Case tractor by William 74
Case tractor, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
Not sure when I shot this, but I do remember where-it was at a tractor dealer in rural Somonauk, Illinois. They had several vintage tractors out front, all kind of beat up and rusty, but still proud. This is a vintage Case, from the fifties or so, and still ran like a top.