CTA Holiday Train at Cumberland Station bound for O’Hare, Chicago, IL

December 8, 2017 – The motorman and his elves on Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) “Holiday Train,” Santa’s Express, keep a watchful eye as passengers come and go from the train at the Cumberland CTA Station on the Blue Line in Chicago, Illinois, before their last stop of the day at O’Hare International Airport.

Blue Line MTA 2966 toward Forrest Park pulls in at the Damen Station, Chicago, IL

December 8, 2017 – Heading into the S curve at the Damen Interlocking, a Blue Line train actually bound for Forest Park, but the operator forgot to change the sign, pulls into the Damen Avenue Station in Chicago, Illinois in the cold late afternoon.

December 7, 2017 – As the cold December wind whips…

December 7, 2017 – As the cold December wind whips through the downtown canyon of buildings, two opposing Chicago Transit Authority trains meet at the Clark/Lake Station on the downtown loop elevated track (L), as they pickup and drop off their passengers before heading off to their next station stops. The oldest sections of the Chicago “L” started operations in 1892, making it the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas, after New York City’s elevated lines. The Chicago “L” (short for “elevated”) is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It is the fourth-largest rapid transit system in the United States in terms of total route length, at 102.8 miles (165.4 km) long and the second-busiest rail mass transit system in the United States, after the New York City Subway.

Amtrak train 360, the Saluki, pulls into the station at Carbondale, Illinois

December 6, 2017 – Amtrak train 360, the Saluki, pulls into the station at Carbondale, Illinois with a relatively new Siemens Charger SC-44 locomotive 4618 as power for the trip to Chicago.The SC-44 came off the assembly line on November 16, 2017.