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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:10 pm 

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"Did you live in Chicago at the time?"

I grew up in Villa Park.

Villa Park, my home town

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:44 pm 

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Great stuff. Thank you for posting. I ride the Metra/Electric (ex-IC) most days and passes right by there. The aerial view is good to know exactly where things were rather just generally. I've seen a booklet from the fair at a library.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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This fair was probably one of the more influential prototypes for the fledgling railway preservation movement. It may have directly inspired the founding of such places as Travel Town (1952), and other early static rail museums that featured rows of trains out in a field.

Interestingly, it is also credited with having been a significant influence on Walt Disney and his creation of Disneyland, which opened in 1955.

There is a connection here to Kelly Lynch's thread on establishing a 21st Century Railroad Attraction. Of course, tastes have changed, but Disneyland evolves and endures.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:40 pm 
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I went there with my parents in both '48 and '49. Dad was an engineer on the Frisco and it was kind of a busman's holiday. I was 8 and 9 and had a ball.
Please do post your slides.

Will be my pleasure. I can't scan before Christmas - my wife's present to me is a slide scanner.

Did your Dad take any photos?

My father-in-law went with his Dad also but didn't take photos.

I'm very lucky that my Dad loved taking photos.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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gbrewer wrote:
"Did you live in Chicago at the time?"

I grew up in Villa Park.

Villa Park, my home town

My Dad grew up on the south side around 65th street. He went to South Shore High School.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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Great stuff. Thank you for posting. I ride the Metra/Electric (ex-IC) most days and passes right by there. The aerial view is good to know exactly where things were rather just generally. I've seen a booklet from the fair at a library.

Steve

You are very welcome. A google search of this fair turned up no aerial photo on the net of this event. Now a google search turns up this photo.

The booklet from the fair that you mentioned - did it contain photos?

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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A google search of the 1948 Chicago Railroad fair turns up the cover of this program book but I didn't see the contents. So here are the contents . . .

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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Quite the line up of railroads represented.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:32 pm 

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machinehead61 wrote:
This video is pretty nice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkIm9yOt9nU

And a time piece:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh5e18uXG7A

In this second video about the 25:15 mark is the Buttercup locomotive running past.


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Steve -

Interesting in the one video is a lake steamer (ore boat perhaps) out there on Lake Michigan with a long plume of black smoke trailing behind. Coal fired? Or possibly oil? In any event, what was probably quite normal in those days. But now we find fault with the ONE lake steamer that might still make such a display.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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Les Beckman wrote:

Interesting in the one video is a lake steamer (ore boat perhaps) out there on Lake Michigan with a long plume of black smoke trailing behind. Coal fired? Or possibly oil? In any event, what was probably quite normal in those days. But now we find fault with the ONE lake steamer that might still make such a display.

Les
Cities like Pittsburgh were famous for their soot from the steel mills that covered everything including your laundry if you made the mistake of hanging it out. That same soot also went into your lungs. Chicago's south side had the steel mills and same polution also. I'm the first to defend our industry and buy American when possible but I never want to go back to those times when Lake Erie was dead and rivers caught on fire.

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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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I live in the wrong time. . .

Once again, we must be thankful for those who share their materials in this world of the internet, opening up a lost world anew.


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 Post subject: Re: 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair
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J3a-614 wrote:
I live in the wrong time. . .

Once again, we must be thankful for those who share their materials in this world of the internet, opening up a lost world anew.

I can relate to that.

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