North to West: The Best of Modern Chicagoland Rail showcases North and West Chicago’s suburbs’ best locations, trains, and photographs from the modern 2010s-2020s era.
These suburbs of the United States’ largest rail hub are filled with unique locations and trains you simply cannot see anywhere else in the world. Anyone can go out and find generic trains on these mainlines, but the authors pride themselves in documenting the history before their eyes. Unfortunately, as the times change, some of these trains and locations no longer exist, but that’s the point of documenting history!
From the country-wide class ones to small grain elevator short lines, the Chicagoland rail subdivisions into Wisconsin and Iowa are some of the most important arteries to the United States and Canada. Through the eyes of two experienced and dedicated photographers from Northern Chicagoland, the journey through the Northwestern suburbs is a largely undocumented and underappreciated gem in the Midwestern United States.
From the popular Rochelle Railroad Park and the Cornfields of Southern Wisconsin, to the hustle and bustle of just outside the Windy City of Chicago itself, join James Keats Jr. and Dave Zeman as they showcase the best of modern Chicagoland railroads!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
James Keats Jr. is a thriving photographer from Chicagoland’s far Northwestern suburbs in Illinois. Growing up in the region of the former Chicago and Northwestern was no easy task, as many relics from the former railroad giant remain in the region. Using modern day social media platforms, Keats shares his view on Chicago and the Midwest as a whole, with shots ranging from Northern Wisconsin to Southern Indiana and Central Iowa.
Dave Zeman is a college-aged photographer from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Inspired by many older photographers of trains, he grew a passion for documenting railroads on camera as a teenager. While having broad interest in the railroads, he has a target of finding and photographing trains that he finds exceptionally interesting. From the western suburbs of Chicago to southeastern Wisconsin, he shares his best photos from locations spread out throughout the region.