One Day at Joliet in the Rainbow Era

It’s Oct. 13, 1972, at Joliet, Illinois. Amtrak is still in the “rainbow era” when locomotives and passenger cars still often had the liveries of their previous owners.

A St. Louis-bound train is making its station stop, having originated in Milwaukee in what proved to be a short-lived through service that operated through Chicago Union Station.

Shown are locomotives of the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio and Milwaukee Road along with a coach that has been repainted into Amtrak colors and markings.

The train is sitting on former GM&O rails, which at this point were now in the Illinois Central Gulf network.

Note the semaphore signals on the signal bridge ahead of the lead locomotive.

Photograph by Robert Farkas


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