Friday, February 23, 2018

Newly Weds Foods is rail served by CP/Milw

(3D Satellite)

I've written about so many bakeries going out of service in the Chicagoline that it is nice to see Newly Weds Foods still receives several covered hoppers of supplies.

I wonder what the building to the east was and is. It not only still has an impressive smokestack, it has an interesting square tower. It looks like it was once rail served.

Keith Pokorny posted
CP 3018 leads CP train G-47 as it sits tied down at Newly Weds on the Northwest side of Chicago, IL 2/10/2018
Mark Simmons WoW!!! A daylight shot. They work this job after midnight.
Mark Simmons Its the bakery. Newlyweds. Its about a mile north of Tower A5 on the C&M Sub. north of Fullerton Avenue.

Aban/Sou/Big4 Breeden Trestle south of Tunnel Hill, IL

(Bridge HunterSatellite)
Bart Hileman posted four photos with the comment: "The Breeden Trestle, south of Tunnel Hill Illinois in Johnson County."

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These Southern Railroad locomotives reminds me that Southern bought the NYC/Big Four Egyptian Line between Olmsted, IL and their mainline at Mount Carmel, IL. Penn Central had abandoned the segment from Olmsted to Cairo, IL.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trail/Aban/CSX/B&O over Wabash River at Montezuma, IN

(Bridge Hunter, no Historic Bridges, Satellite)

Note to self, the road bridge is also worth seeing. (I discovered this US-36 truss bridge when I tried to get a Street View of the old railroad bridge.)
Satellite

On of six photos posted by Jeffrey Bossaer
Old railroad bridge over the Wabash River at Montezuma, Indiana converted to pedestrian traffic. I think I saw an old map that identified this as the Indiana Decatur and Western Railroad.
Chad Quick I think the ID&W was folded into the B&O as this was their line from Indianapolis to Decatur
[The 2005 SPV Map shows the B&O predecessor as Cincinnati, Indianapolis & Western. It is possible that the ID&W was a predecessor to the CI&W.]
Fortunately funds were found to open it to pedestrian traffic because Brent's photo shows that the bridge was abandoned in 2013. CSX abandoned this former B&O route between its former C&EI route just west of the Wabash River and Indianapolis.
March 2013 Photo by Brent Tindall, public domain
It appears that CSX or a predecessor had already replaced the swing span truss with a truss that could be supported by its ends.
Comment by Rob in Bridge Hunter
Satellite
The old swing pier, debris field, and sandbar do add some interesting "character" to the bridge. Actually, it is nice if the old pier is left because otherwise I would have never known there was a swing span. It also shows that you do not want Mother Nature (trees) to take over because their roots can be remarkably destructive.

A 1912 postmarked postcard view shows this bridge has been a mix of girders and trusses for a long time, but it had more trusses than girders back then.


Railroad Ferry Slips at St. Ignace, MI

It appears that St. Ignace had a couple of railroad ferry aprons.

Satellite
According to the 2005 SPV Map, the Soo Line entered town on the north side and that route is now the St Ignace to Trout Lake Trail and the Ojibway Trail. Unfortunately, the oldest Historic Aerial is 1994. Since the tracks were long gone by then, I could not trace the right-of-way through town to find the ferry slip.

Fortunately, this Bill Johnson Flickr 1979 Photo provides the address of the depot and dock as 4428 St Ignace, MI. That photo also shows that the Chief Wawatam ferry was a steamer because a lot of black smoke is pouring out of its two smokestacks.

A Bill Johnson Flickr 1979 Photo shows a cut of cars being shoved onto Chief Wawatam by a Soo engine. In the background is an older Laker (because the bridge is on the bow) that clearly has a self-unloading conveyor boom.

Chief Wawatam ran between St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. There is more information on the Chief in "Rail Ferry Operations in Mackinaw City."






Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tandem Crane Lifts

The "cranes in action" post is getting rather large, so I'm going to start this one for tandem lifts.

Tim R Hansford posted six photos of a lift from a barge to two dollies for road transport. His comment:
Starting the week off with a heavy tandem pick...
2) 2250 Ser. 3
170' & 172 ton.
#BigHope1Read more about the Pink Barge by following the link below.
http://www.ceresbarge.com/…/index.php/ceres-barge-big-hope-1

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Beard Mason posted six photos with the comment: "The mighty 888 tracking down to meet up with mlc165 for a some tandem picks."

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Jesse Leight posted a couple of photos that explains a video he also posted.

1   Estimated weight was around 15 million pounds..... Give or take... Used the twin 18000's to give her just a lil tilt and let gravity do the rest..... 
2, cropped    2 18000's do the main lift and a 16000 is the staging crane



Dean McCartney shared
[I finally noticed the foundation with the bolts on the left side of the picture. So they are going to tilt it up, then swing it between them to place it over the foundation. It looks like the one in the foreground is going to have to travel as well as swing.]
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Double team
Jerry Evans posted
[Abraham Lincoln bridge in Louisville, KY. Rebar cages are not strong so the rigging has to support them in many places. Note that each "junction" is a pully so  the cables can move to adjust to the angle of the cage as it is lifted.]
Mammoet South posted six photos with the comment: "M16000"

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Morley Coote commented on the above posting
[This is the picture that made me realize the rigging used pulleys. Note that each crane is controlling two lines (blocks). The middle blocks, in turn, have pulleys so that even more lines can be attached to the rebar cage.]
Chris Munson posted two photos with the comment: "Old bridge coming out and new one going in!"
Fred BainGroup Admin Tandem lift, very tricky. Good job

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Mark Gillings commented on Chris' posting
Here is one from my end
Reuse Sell posted
Shifting of Copper Dam
Broc Sherwood posted
Glenn McLaren First one was about 250k. Second one that is being lifted is about 170k.
[There were quite a few comments, but no one mentioned where the bridge is being built.]
Fern Druckemiller commented on Broc's posting
[Evidently the two lifts met and were field spliced in the air.]
Fern Druckemiller commented on Broc's posting
Glenn McLaren commented on Broc's posting
Fern Druckemiller commented on Broc's posting
Here's a different view on site.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thornton Junction: CSX/CN/GTW vs (UP/MoPac+CSX/L&N)/C&EI

(CRJSatellite)
NorthAmericanInterlockings: none
Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers (click the marker for more information)

Kevin Piper posted
MP 3221 leads a UP coal train on the old C&EI at Thornton Junction in South Holland, IL, on 9-26-87. Thornton is the crossing of CN/GTW's Battle Creek main leading out of Chicago.

Circa 1900 Bird's-Eye View of the Business District of Chicago


Tim M. Hickernell shared
Repost from Forgotten Chicago. A lot of Chicago railroad history in here, including old NW Station, old Union Station and the original B&OCT river bridge.
John Bona And....not to be forgotten.....
The Illinois Central along the lakefront
Paul Petraitis The IC defined the eastern edge of Chicago for 100 years!Dennis DeBruler The Van Buren Street Bridge looks like it has a bascule bridge leaf in the raised position, and it does not have a swing bridge pier. Chicago River Bridges confirms it was the first bascule bridge, and it was built in 1894. So the map is more recent than 1894, but I don't think it is much older. http://chicagoloopbridges.com/bridges12/SB12/VB12-1.html