South Shore train 117 ties up at Shops after delivering a load of commuters from Chicago.

(Michigan City, Indiana) You will find Kevin P. Keefe’s excellent article, South Shore Freight’s Fabulous Franchise, in the June 2017 edition of Trains, THE Magazine of Railroading.  Mr. Keefe presents a penetrating profile of the two South Shores: the aforementioned South Shore Freight and the commuter Authority, NICTD, which operates the commuter trains we ride on the South Shore Line from South Bend to Chicago.  Actually, we typically ride from Carroll Avenue, which is fondly referred to as Shops, because that is where you will find the CSS&SB offices and shops and where you will see a dazzling display of freight and passenger train movements, on a daily basis.  So, while you’re waiting to connect with Trains on the web at:, please enjoy some of my recent photos on a typical weekday at Shops.  Oh, we’ll be heading for Chicago on train 14 Friday morning and hope to see you on board.

One of the South Shore’s recently acquired SD 38s is ready to go to work, after the morning commute.

South Shore train 14 rolls into Carroll Avenue from South Bend, en route to Chicago.


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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