In Ultimate Chicago, Pentrex takes you on a whirlwind tour of what might be the greatest place in America to see railroad action at its finest. Making stops all around the Chicago area, including Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Duplainville, WI, you’ll enjoy trains and more trains, including a 1912 Heisler on Silver Creek & Stephenson and diesels from five different builders, such as EMD, NRE, GE, FM and ALCO. You’ll see action from BNSF, UP, METRA, CN, CP, IHB, IAIS, CSXT, AMTK, NS, WSOR, and a whole lot more, including survivors from EJ&E, IC&E and WC. Here’s your opportunity to see the best trains in some of the best spots anywhere!
We made stops at four railroad museums: the Hesston Steam Museum, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, the Monticello Railway Museum, and the mighty Illinois Railway Museum, where we caught a variety of classic diesels in operation during their annual Diesel Days weekend. We spotted an array of motive power at railfan hotspots, such as the 18th Street overpass in downtown Chicago, Blue Island and Dolton Junction. Several historic towers create a nostalgic look to 21st Century operations and we captured many of them for your enjoyment. The CB&Q racetrack, known for its long scenic stretches of straight rail, also provided plenty of action. In Northwest Indiana, we got great shots in Wayne, La Porte, Ogden Dunes, Chesterton, Willow Creek Junction and more.
For variety and density of trains, Chicago is hard to beat and we have it all here for you in this unforgettable show. Get ready to experience the thrill of Ultimate Chicago!