Friday, March 4, 2016

Milwaukee's Galewood Yard

(Satellite)
I had never heard of Galewood, then I read about it twice in one afternoon. (Actually, I had not only heard of it, I had written this 2016 posting. Thus this is a total rewrite combining the contents of two blog postings, a new Facebook posting, and some feedback from an email.)

The first time was in the caption of a Marshal W. Beecher photo on page 33 of Trains Magazine's Special Collector's Edition: "A westbound Canadian Pacific train passes through Galewood during its complex trip across Chicago in August 2009." I can not reconcile the curve in the tack and the Willis/Sears Tower in the background with a satellite image. But the map on page 18 of that issue shows it is along the now Metra tracks between the BRC junction and Tower B-12.

The second time was when I saw this Facebook posting:
Steven J. Brown posted
Soo Line 1003 is at Hanson Park heading to Metra's Western Avenue yard from Galewood after a charity event for the Chicago Shriner's Hospital for Children - August 12, 2017.
At first, I thought the silos were part of the Glidden/Central Soya Plant. But these silos still exist, so they can't be part of the Central Soya Plant. The Central Soya silos were east of the yard and just west of Laramie Avenue. Some of the photos of the yard include both sets of silos.

Jeff Nichols -> Forgotten Chicago and David M Laz
Galewood Yard of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad,1939. LOC



A Jack Delano picture that includes the freight house.
Dave Leucinger: You can see the transition from the older, wooden box cars to the newer steel cars.
Sam LaBanco: Near the Central Ave. bridge, would like to see a picture of that.


Val Ginter comment on David's posting
My shot from ten years later...not as good a camera, though. I think it was one of Walter D. Teague's Baby Brownie Specials.
Val Gintner comment on another posting
I took this shot in 1951 with my Kodak Baby Brownie Special. I used to ride over the bridge on my bike. My speedometer said 25 mph. I think that's Central Soya on the left.
Jack J Billy Central Soya is on the right. On the left is the Troch Coal bins at Long Ave.
Val Gintner comment on another posting
 This is looking west on the same day.

Like the CP+Metra/Milw Bensenville Yard, Metra owns the mainline tracks past the yard and Canadian Pacific owns the yard tracks. Like many rail yards that existed to serve industries before trucks and roads were developed, this yard was a lot bigger in the past.

1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
The large plant north of the yard on the west side was a Zenith plant. The plant south of the yard in the middle of the photo was an American Can Company.

Satellite
Some of the industrial buildings in the area have the telltale signatures of rail service such as road crossings and curved buildings.

Below is a tree-filled curved-building, which is a signature of another abandoned industrial spur.
Satellite
Satellite
An industrial building has been replaced by an elementary school, but the curve in the parking lot probably reflects the different ownership of an industrial spur. This rail yard probably also served the industries along the Bloomindale Line and fed the yard on Goose Island.

I see this yard also served a branch that went north and served industries west of Narragansett Avenue including Radio Flyer and these industrial spurs (below). (One spur went all the way over to Normandy while the curve of the building in the middle indicates a branch spur went down the middle of the block.)
Satellite

Judging from the satellite image, the yard was at grade level so most of the land has been redeveloped as an industrial park.

Satellite
Update:
Jack J Billy posted
The Milwaukee Road Galewood Yard,1964.


Evidently because of the access road left south of the southernmost track and the length of the tracks, the circus used to park their train on that track when it came to town. Harold A. Driscoll took several pictures in 1998 of the train parked in the yard. Of particular interest is a photo that shows they uncouple the four large animal cars from the train. Is that because they want to move the smell or noise or both away from the rest of the train? Actually, I think the rear of the train is supplies and equipment. The living quarters cars are near the front.

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