Coming and Going at Chicago Union Station

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Ever since Amtrak trains using the former Illinois Central mainline between Chicago and New Orleans began using Chicago Union Station in March 1972, they have almost always backed in and out of the depot.

It is possible to pull straight out or straight into CUS, but that would mean having to go around a wye somewhere else.

In this scene it is Feb. 6, 1977, and I am looking over the shoulder of a trainman guiding the inbound Panama Limited into CUS.

A Burlington Northern commuter train is departing as we arrive. No. 58 arrived late, but that was par for the course during the brutal winter of 1977 when about a third of the fleet serving the Midwest was out of service due to the weather-related conditions.

The Panama Limited began operating with Amfleet equipment and for several months it had no sleeping car service.

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