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Section 48 - Skokie Valley Opening

1-Freight Locomotives #S-105 and #S-104 leading a freight train SB somewhere just north of Dempster St, Skokie Valley - No Date (NSL Photo)

2-Locomotive #451 sitting just outside Highwood office building. This is one of the smaller of the 5 electric locomotives - 07/14/1924 (NSL Photo)

3-View East from Green Bay Rd bridge, after construction of the Skokie Valley Division - No Date (NSL Photo)

4-Photo marked as first train on Skokie Valley. Shows large group of men, and Car #719 coupled to rear of Obs Car #413, on SB main. - No Date (NSL Photo)

5-Four car train SB, taken North of Dundee Rd - 11/02/1929 (NSL Photo)

6-Five car refrigerator train at Highwood. #241, #240, #242, #243, #244 - No Date (NSL Photo)

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