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Quick Table of Contents

The formative years

Villa Park, my home town

Doctor Geno E. Beery,Villa Park's pioneering woman physician

How I became a lifelong railfan

Father was a man of the automobile age

Grandfather's Watch

Railroad Time

Remembering the Chicago Great Western

Remembering the 'Ror'n' Elgin

Wabash Philo Station Destroyed

Pursuing Remains of the Glory Days

Riding the Electroliner

My first fan-trip

To a locomotive in winter

The boy who would buy a steam locomotive

In search of the eponymous Brewer, Illinois

The last all steam powered mixed train in America

Iron horses put out to pasture

Some thoughts on public travel then and now

Narrow Gauge Mania

D&RGW narrow gauge in the twilight years -- Part I

D&RGW narrow gauge in the twilight years -- Part II

Steam up the Rotary!

A rotary under the sun

Bob Richardson and the founding of the Colorado Railroad Museum

Is this any way to run a railroad museum? Part 1
Colorado Railroad Museum

Is this any way to run a railroad museum? Part 2
Colorado Railroad Museum

The Return of Colorado & Southern Number 9

Was the Georgetown Loop a poor design?

Riding the Sumpter Valley
Three-foot gauge steam in Eastern Oregon

Gold Rush Narrow Gauge
White Pass & Yukon Route

Rio Grande Southern narrow gauge
The spirit of this much loved, southwestern Colorado railway isn't dead, it just retired and moved to Southern California

Steaming Up
Looking on as Denver & Rio Grande Western Number 491 is readied for an evening on the Polar Express.

Narrow Gauge Steam Railways in the Land of their Origin

The Welsh Connection
The Ffestiniog Railway, Robert Fairlie and the origins of narrow gauge railroading in America

The Welsh Highland Railway
The newest and longest narrow gauge in Wales

The Talyllyn Railway
The world's first "preserved railway"

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway

Standard Gauge Diversions

Royal Gorge Route

Steam Conquers La Veta Pass

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Fun while they lasted

Boxcar Camping -- Wilderness Stay by Steam Train

End of an Eastside tradition
Spirit of Washington dinner train

The Engine is Royal; the Scenery is Magnificent
The Royal Hudson and the Caraboo Prospector


Corkscrew Gulch Turntable

The curse of Alpine

Thoughts on the Glory Days of architecture and interior design

Denver's Ghost Buildings

Denver Union Station Renewal

Who were those nabobs, the ones San Francisco's Nob Hill was named for?

Is there grammar to interior design?

Remembering the 'Ror'n' Elgin

Story and photographs © Glen Brewer

Wheaton Shops and Headquarters

There was still hope for resumption of service as long as the rails were still in place and the cars waited for the next run. During this period I made several trips to the yard and shops at Wheaton to take pictures.

CA&E Headquarters building, July 18, 1961.

CA&E Headquarters building. Note the signal in the foreground. May 11, 1961.

Car 307 at the shop building, December 30, 1960.

Old dispatcher's tower, July 18, 1961.

Old and new dispatcher's towers, May 11, 1961.

Cars awaiting their next run -- never to come. CA&E Wheaton shops, December 30, 1960.

West end of Wheaton shops, May 11, 1961.

Cars, cars, cars and work equipment

Car 300 (Niles 1906) on December 30, 1960

Behind the shop December 30, 1960.

Car 300 was built by Niles in 1906.

September 28, 1958.

Along the north side of the shops, May 12, 1960.

December 30, 1960.

Car 314 was built by Kuhlman in 1909. December 30, 1960.

The newest cars were built by St. Louis in 1946, May 10, 1959.

Car 308 waiting to be removed from the property.

Cincinatti car 429, summer 1962.

St. Louis Car 460, December 30, 1960.

Cincinatti 431, Summer, 1962.

North of shops, the third rails are gone, April 7, 1962.

Saved! Car 303 in fresh paint, Pullman 409 and three other cars await move, April 7, 1962. An EJ&E diesel was doing the switching.

Line car 11.

Well lighted work car.

Snowplow 3 (AE&C 1909)

Wheaton, May 10, 1959.

Motor 2002 on its way after switching the Ovaltine factory, May 20, 1959.

Wheaton, May 10, 1959.

Scrapping a Great Interurban Line

It was a sad sight, and clearly an end to all hope of resumption, when, one day, I found several of the cars had been turned over, doused with gasoline, and burned for scrap metal recovery. February 2, 1962.

June 10, 1962.

Looking across burned out car bodies at other doomed equipment

The scrappers used an EJ&E diesel to do their work. June 10, 1962.

The scrappers were taking up the east bound rails at the Route 53 bridge. June 1962.


Page 1 The 'Ror'n' Elgin as I remember it

Page 2 Wheaton (this page)

Page 3 Along the line (Elmhurst to Elgin after abandonment)

Page 4 Relics of the CA&E (epilogue, links, where are they now, bibliography)

Page 5 Newspaper clippings