|Paul Petraitis comment on posting below|
The huge MCRR Yards...not a trace of 'em these days...
the yards were built when Pullman was built ca 1880...
The roundhouse is at the bottom center and the freight house is at the bottom right.
The map also reminds one that the MC route from its connection here with the IC to the state boarder was built by IC because the state laws at the time did not allow a railroad from another state to get a charter in Illinois.
Looking at the 1938 photo, it appears the NYC has already removed the roundhouse and freight house because that activity had been moved to their LS&MS facilities. This yard was probably supporting just locals for the industries in the area. But there was still a lot of industry in that area --- Pullman, steel plants, and Lake Calumet shipping.
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Paul Petraitis posted|
Michigan Central in the Kensington yards
just south of 115th I'm pretty sure...ca 1900?
|Paul also commented on another posting|
If you take a close look at the map its after 1880 because the C&EI is shown...it sure looks like they took out a length of track and created that yard.
Nothing remains of the yard or the roundhouse...we know that the Pullman Company housed workers in old Pullman cars in that railyard during the 1880 building season. When work resumed in Pullman in January 1881 the men were either commuting from Chicago or staying in Pullman houses...perhaps the tenements on Langley and 111th...
|Bob Lalich commented on a posting|
Very interesting photo David! Note the small roundhouse near the St Charles Air Line approach, which belonged to the Michigan Central. According to the historic aerials site, the roundhouse was gone by 1962, so the time frame of the photo is between 1955 and 1962.