Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rock Island's Commuter Coach (12th Street) Yard

Steve OConnor posted
Another of my Dad's (Roderick O'Connor) photos of Chicago circa 1947-48. Rock Island commuter coach yard in Chicago.
Bob Lalich This view looks south from Roosevelt Road at the Rock Island commuter coach yard.
So it would be the yard tracks on the east (right) side of this photo. The tracks on the west side are B&OCT tracks servicing Grand Central Station. Some of the fill of the original course of the South Branch has yet to be developed.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Update:

Jeff Worones posted
Fred Mohr Your at the south end of 12st Yard on the turntable leads. 16th St Tower is behind and to the left after you across the "moat" of the CWI RR. Continental paper is the building in the background. The RS's are probably in commuter service and waiting to spin on the turntable.
You still can find part of the pit wall out there today.
Ron Wesolowski Fred Mohr is correct..at least one of the RS3 is a suburban service one...they had the hump on the long hood walkway
Is the circle on this map the turntable? Since this map is concerned with tracks serving the Dearborn Station, a lot of Rock Island tracks are missing.
1964 Dearborn Stations Access

A Bill Rala Flickr photo catches a passenger train arrival with an Alco RS-3 switcher getting ready to pick up a set of commuter cars in the RI's commuter yard.

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