Big steam power – PLUS – vintage diesels, classic interurbans, and Chicago’s finest commuter railroads are featured in this two-hour presentation of the Windy City 1993 NRHS Convention. Famous locomotives traveled great distances to treat convention goers to thrilling excursions and tours of historic locales. See Challenger 3985, ex-NKP engines 587 and 765, an old ten-wheeler and more steam! Pentrex was on the spot as the event’s official videographer, capturing all the activities for your enjoyment.
Metra F-Units opened the convention by powering a commuter train toward the Illinois Railway Museum. There you’ll see an operating Electro-Liner, a Frisco Ten-Wheeler, the Nebraska Zephyr, and other exotic equipment. Additional outings included special trains on CTA’s elevated lines through downtown Chicago and on the renowned South Shore’s interurban to South Bend, Indiana. Union Pacific Challenger 3985 powered a round trip to Findlay Junction, Illinois. You’ll get to ride aboard the 3985’s train and also enjoy great shots of it from trackside. Ex-Nickel Plate engines 587 and 765 thrilled passengers and spectators alike as the venerable steamers double-headed a round trip excursion to Argo, Indiana along the former Nickel Plate main line.