Sunday, March 6, 2016

Monon's Freight Houses


Bill Molony posted
Bill's comment:
Grand Trunk Western class U-3-c 4-8-4 Northern-type #6332 is shown here departing from Dearborn Station in Chicago on a sunny morning in the early 1950's with train #20, the Maple Leaf, bound for Port Huron, Michigan and Toronto, Canada.
I suspect the building on the right in the background is the Monon freight house.
Bob Lalich commented on above posting
Bob's comment:
Another interesting detail is that station track #1 is still in use for mail and express loading. A much larger shed for that purpose was built directly south of the Monon freight house in the late 40s. Here is a photo of the shed under construction. The auto might help narrow down the date. Photo from the Dan Murray collection.
Bob later identified the car as a 1949 Packard.
Update:
Bill Molony posted
Grand Trunk Western class U-3-c 4-8-4 Northern-type #6332 getting ready to depart from Dearborn Station in Chicago on a sunny morning in the 1950's with train #20, The Maple Leaf, bound for Port Huron, Michigan and Toronto, Canada.
Dennis DeBruler I still have to research the owner of the freight house in the upper-right corner that I keep seeing in these "Dearborn activity" shots.Bob Lalich The freight house in the upper right corner of this shot was the Monon freight house. It was sold to REA after the Monon built a new house at South Hammond Yard in 1954 or so.
David Daruszka's photo processing of a Bill Molony posting
A Grand Trunk Western steam locomotive and a Santa Fe diesel switch engine at Dearborn Station - undated.
Dennis DeBrulerGroup Admin This shows the platform that Bob mentioned that was built south of the Monon freight house. There are some trucks actively using it.

1 comment:

  1. The first picture has the Wabash outbound freight house which was leased to the Post Office dept.All mail to and from dearborn station went through that facility. It never belonged to the Monon. The Monon had a facility east of dearborn station.

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