Chicagoland and the Hiawatha Cedar Rapids

According to Wikipedia –

On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized with a population of around 200.  Within seven years it would grow to a population of over 4,000. The City of Chicago was incorporated on Saturday, March 4, 1837 and went on to become the fastest growing city in the world for several decades.  Today, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US and is home to 9.5 million people.

We were fotunate to be included on a once in a life time trip while we photographed the Kremer family as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  The Kremer family had rented a restored 1940’s train car, the Hiawatha Cedar Rapids, and traveled the railways from Minnesota to Illinois.  The “Cedar Rapids” features a unique Skytop end, providing passengers a unique view of the country as they head down the railroad. We were honored to be included on this special occasion, what an experience (thanks again for the opportunity)!  Included in this post are a few images from the train itself and images from in and around Chicagoland.

Chicago is rich in the arts and architecture; we did not spend much time in the city during this trip, but we plan on returning someday!

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38 thoughts on “Chicagoland and the Hiawatha Cedar Rapids

  1. Dan Traun says:

    That was an amazing trip. Wonderful shots; bring back many memories of that wonderful city and that epic train ride.

  2. Some beautiful images here – of course the train in and of itself is wonderful, but you did capture the essence of its design and elegance – B&W where it worked as well as the color images. Enough non-standard shots to increase the interest in a lot of the captures. Yes, lucky you to be able to take the ride.

  3. You had a unique view of Chicago coming in by train and a restored car at that! We lived in the burbs for over 40 years and loved the views of the city. Great shots of Chicago and you have from some unique perspectives. Good eye for the unique and unusual.

  4. a gray says:

    What a wonderful experience!

  5. avian101 says:

    Excellent post Cynthia, I lived in Chicago but never had the chance to see that gorgeous restored wagon. Good work! 🙂

  6. Joe says:

    Outstanding images Cynthia 🙂 You know my invitation is open to you also if you wanted to share any of your black and white images on Monochromia.

  7. words4jp says:

    Your photos make Chicago look beautiful. I live here – not in the city, though.

  8. mikew66 says:

    Beautifully captured

  9. Excellent series; original shots!

  10. What an elegant way to travel! You captured the feeling of lost elegance and romance well!

  11. tabularasa88 says:

    Gorgeous shots, interior especially. Hope you find your way back to Chicago!

  12. Make Something Mondays says:

    Wow these are all fantastic! Where is that mosaic? It’s beautiful!

  13. Jane Lurie says:

    Your eye for detail is intriguing, Cynthia. You’ve captured so many beautiful scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed this set. Thank you!

  14. V-Light says:

    Extraordinary photos Cynthia! 😀 I cannot find a single photo that i don’t like, they are all great! My best regards and wishes for a happy new year! 😀 ~ Alex

  15. joshi daniel says:

    beautiful 🙂
    happy new year 🙂

  16. Make Something Mondays says:

    Wow, looks like a great trip! My cousin lives in Chicago and she loves it. I haven’t been there yet though. Glad you had a good time. As always, AMAZING shots!

  17. What a beautiful railcar! The Cedar Rapids is one of the finest I’ve seen. That looks like a great trip, and fantastic photos Cynthia.

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