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I am a retired CPA, age 73, who resides in Clarendon Hills, IL; my home is in sight of the BNSF Chicago Sub at Milepost 18.70.

However, after graduating from University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign during June 1970, I was with the Milwaukee Road , where I held various non-Agreement (Management) positions, within the Accounting, Labor Relations, and Operations areas. I resigned from the MILW during 1981 and started a private accounting practice. I retired during August 2003.

Presently, my principal contact with the railroad industry is that of a security investor. My Amtrak travels are largely on Auto Train on which I have made twenty "voyages" to date.

I hope that my contributions to this site will be found to be informative, and will enhance a reader's knowledge of railroad industry affairs.

Thank you for allowing me to join.



Welcome to the Forum. We lived in Downers Grove untill 1957. Dad took the train to Cicero everyday. As kids we would ride with mom downtown. I can still hear the conductor anounce "Clarendon Hills!---- Hinsdale!" Dad says he remembers feeling the pull of the steam locomotive as the engineer tried for maximum acceleration from station to station. I always liked Chicago. TZ

Bill Anderson

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Welcome aboard. I lived in Naperville and worked in the Loop from 1987-91. I rode Metra into the city a few times.

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