CREATE Program awarded $1.25 million for Chicago grade separation project


Illinois federal, state and Chicago officials late last week announced a $1.25 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that will be used for a grade separation project in Chicago that is part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program.

The grant will fund design and engineering services to construct a grade separation for Union Pacific Railroad‘s double track main line that crosses 95th Street at Eggleston Avenue in Chicago. On a typical day, the crossing handles 24 UP and CSX trains and two Amtrak trains, as well as 24,000 motor vehicles and 700 buses, according to a press release issued by CREATE.

The Chicago Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation received the funding, which was issued as part of the FRA’s Safe Transportation of Energy Products (STEP) by Rail Program. CREATE competed against applicants for a share of $10 million in funding…

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The Lost Ships Of San Francisco

The Arts Mechanical

During the gold rush, the City Of San Francisco became something unique in the history of maritime commerce.  It became the roach motel of maritime commerce.  Ships sailed into the bay and never left.

In time the vessels were all bunched up in the bay waiting for crews that had disappeared into the hills.  Eventually there were 500 vessels of various sorts piled up in the bay, having met the fate of the Niantic, a whaling vessel turned passenger ship that went to San Francisco, later being turned into a hotel and warehouse.

Because the gold rush was such a powerful attractor of young men, looking to seek their fortunes, a ship would sail into the bay and the crew, being primarily young men would along with the passengers promptly take their pay and head for the hills, leaving the ship stranded. Of course captains and…

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On, Wisconsin!

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

The big winner once this election is over will almost certainly be religious people, who will see their ranks swell by November. Nearly everyone in the nation will be saying, “Please, dear God, not Trump!” Some will even be on their knees, others will light candles at the cathedral. It will be a good time for religion everywhere as a cheeto-filled populace hooked on teevee pleads with the divine that they don’t get what they deserve.

Is that too harsh? Yes, it probably is. And it may not come to pass, either, if the good people of Wisconsin do their job. There is a good chance that they will be voting in large numbers for not-Trump, which will generally be Ted Cruz.

With their Democratic side up for grabs, the state that gave us Brett Favre’s NFL career might yet be the most exciting place in the nation, at least…

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Smitty at Camp MacKall & the Knollwood Maneuvers

Pacific Paratrooper

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WACO glider at Camp MacKall – reverse side reads: “Hello Mom, Finally got some cards that can let you see what these gliders we ride around in look like. This picture was taken on our camp field. I have a few more that I’ll send to you. Regards to all. Hope to be home this Wednesday.” Everett

The type of construction used for the barracks at Camp MacKall and the above hospital is called a “theatre of operations.”  Built on pilings and constructed of green sawed pine boards which is then covered with type 4 black tar paper.  The wood was cut from trees on the camp property using 7 sawmills running 24/7.  When the boards dried out, the 2 pot-bellied stoves were incapable of keeping the men warm.  Smitty spent some time at that hospital when the army discovered he did not perspire.  The medication took 3 weeks to kick…

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Holy Crap

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Disclaimer – If you are visiting my blog for the first time, and you land up in this piece of shit, please do not lose hope. I have done better in the past (and will do in the future). Please take a look at it. Thanks! 😀

Sitting on the toilet seat

Have been sitting there for quite a bit

Thinking of pizza and cheese

Wondering whether I live to eat

When I make that trumpet sound

It smells like fresh meat

Oh it was wonderful to eat

Wish I could eat some meat

Pressure builds up like a kiss

It feels really good to piss

And came out a big yellow

Felt smooth like a jello

Remembering what I ate last night

Yeah, it was a very good night

Taking a look at the shit

And the shit looks like a ship

P.S – This is my first and…

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Missing painting

Annas Art - FärgaregårdsAnna

This dry pastel painting only exists in my mind and on this photo.

The original painting is gone and will never come back.

Sounds more dramatic than it is.

I bought dry pastel crayons and I did this painting as a test.

Then I tried to use fix spray to get the colors in the painting stay on the paper and not dust away or move around when someone touching the painting. Dry pastels are tricky that way. You have to fixate them.

That spraying thing didn’t work out well. I did it wrong and destroyed the painting. So I threw it away. But I took the photo before my fixation tryouts.

I have done some more dry pastel paintings and now I try to fix spray them very carefully.


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