Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Root Street Tower: Rock Island and NYC access to stockyards

(Satellite) This tower controls access to the branch that goes west from here. That branch used to be how the Rock and NYC accessed the stockyards.
Mark Hinsdale posted
Just a few miles out of Chicago's La Salle Street Station, Rock Island's 5:16 PM Main Line to Joliet" Express blasts out of the hole under the Chicago Junction Railway bridge (long gone), past notorious public housing projects (long gone), beneath steam era signal installations (long gone) and past Root Street Tower (inactive but still standing), in July, 1977.
Update: Edward posted a couple of 2017 photos.     This posting of one of the photos has some interesting comments.

A posting asking about tracks east of this tower that used to connect the Illinois Central to the Union Stock Yards has a lot of interesting comments.

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