It's a frigid late December morning in the Chicago suburb of River Forest. The SP unit feels out of place in C&NW country. River Forest has the distinction as the original end of track for the Chicago & Galena Union Railroad. The first railroad in Chicago The original end of track was just west of the Station (where yours truly is standing). It was of course folded into Chicago & Northwestern and eventually made it's way to council bluffs. In the background, the bridge is the Candian National's (nee Wisnconsin Central Nee Soo nee Original WC) connection to CSX's Chicago Terminal Railroad. The connection is made just about a mile south in Forest Park Il. Prior to the CN purchase of the EJE this was CN's primary link between it's properties to the north west of the city and it's properties to the east.