Trainspotting in Hinsdale

Looking west along the Racetrack at the new Oak Street Bridge.

(Hinsdale, Illinois) To quote our friends at Trains Magazine, suffice it to say: “one could spend months or years trying to photograph all of Chicago’s rail lines. Most people don’t have that much time, so here is a nominee for the first logical destination for a visitor wanting to see a high volume and variety of trains in a short period of time: BNSF Railway’s famous triple-track Chicago Subdivision, commonly called “The Racetrack.”  We spent a delightful Easter Sunday with Natalie’s family along the “The Racetrack,” and watched Amtrak’s California Zephyr and Southwest Chief race past as we enjoyed our repast, including a lamb cake.  So on our way back to Michigan, we parked near the recently refurbished Oak Street Bridge and did a little Hinsdale trainspotting of our own.  Granted, the late Easter Sunday afternoon traffic was light, but we did manage to scare up an inbound BNSF stack train and Amtrak’s westbound Carl Sandburg.  Not a bad Easter Sunday’s work.

An eastbound BNSF intermodal train glides under the Oak Street Bridge on Easter Sunday.

We just getting ready to get out of Hinsdale when Amtrak’s westbound Carl Sandburg slid past.


About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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