Saturday, January 14, 2017

Union Tower: CB&Q vs Pennsy

Mark Hinsdale shared
Before "MH" Tower...
Nearly forty years ago, Burlington Northern's Union Avenue Tower in Chicago, controlled the busy interlocking plant blending traffic from the "Racetrack," the St. Charles Air Line, and the wyes to/from the ex Pennsylvania Railroad main line leading toward either Union Station or 21st Street. Today, this area is controlled from the BNSF Dispatching Center in Fort Worth TX, and the tower is long gone. July, 1977 photo by Mark Hinsdale.

1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
After studying a 1938 aerial photo that, fortunately, has some long shadows, you can see the tower near the top of a ramp up from street level.
Satellite
I believe you can still see a couple of corners of the foundation. Especially the southeast corner. I highlighted the remnants with red rectangles.

Update: Lou Gerard posted a 1990 photo of the tower and an Amtrak train on the south leg of the wye to reverse its direction into Union station.
A comment from that posting:
Harold J. Krewer Pretty sure the tower was closed about the time when they moved the Galesburg dispatching office to Fort Worth, which was early 1994.
Update: Steven Holding posted two photos with the comment: "Union Ave Tower on CB&Q/BN 1973 posted there."

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