Tuesday, October 18, 2016

C&NW Hubbard Street Yard

Wayne Hudak posted a 1978 shot from the Sears Tower
I asked about the names of the yards with the north/south tracks and with the east/west tracks. Bob Lalich and Dave Daruszka added comments that provided resources that answered the question. The north/south tracks where the Kinzie St. Team Tracks. Part of the east/west tracks were the C&NW Hubbard Street Yard (see below). For the other part of the east/west tracks see Team Tracks near Kinzie and Jefferson.

A Chicago Switching page provided the name "Hubbard Street C&NW Yard." The following map shows it was along the south side of Kinzie Street. Note that Hubbard Street used to be named Austin Avenue. This yard fed the line east over the Kinzie (Wells) Street RR Bridge through Wells and State Street Yards to the Ogden Slip area and to Navy Pier. Supplying newspaper print rolls to the Sun Times Building was famously the last rail service on this branch.

Excerpt form 1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p. 328
CNWHS posted
We can see, just off the center of the photo on the right is the split of the C&NW's west line from the north and northwest lines. The big building there is now the happily smelly Blomers Chocolate building. Can you see the "little" switcher sitting at the bottom center of the photo? Is it a C&NW switcher?
John McElroy I think the picture must be dated some time in the early to mid 1960s. This is because the Ontario Connector is completed and in service (upper center) and it appears Sandburg Village is constructed (far upper left). However, there is no sign of the Hancock Building. There are cars on the Ontario Connector, and the Kennedy Expressway, with which it connected, opened in 1960. Sandburg Village was constructed during the 1960s. The Hancock Building was constructed between 1967-69.
Guins Pen My switcher guess would be "Milwaukee Road," because just out of the picture (center right) stood, well into the 80's, a structure with its ever rusting "Milwaukee Road Freight House" sign, well into the 80's.
David Daruszka The switcher is C&NW. If you zoom in you can see the logo on the side of the cab. The building above it is the C&NW freight house and commissary building. Now a moving storage facility for Pickens & Kane.
Bob Lalich Another clue to the date of the photo is the cut of CN boxcars. I believe they adopted the flowing CN logo around 1960.
[Note part of the Milwaukee bob-tail  bridge on the right center.]

Patrick McNamara commented on a posting
Canal and Kinzie Streets - 1980 - D. W. Davidson
[Just a couple years after the photo at the top, no cars are being parked in the yard. But a freight house still stands.]

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