Monday, March 13, 2017

Amtrak Chicago Yard

Satellite
A lot of this land used to be Pennsy's passenger train service yard. But Amtrak rebuilt it while also using Santa Fe's passenger train service yard. After the rebuild, the Santa Fe land became New Chinatown and Ping Tom Park.

James Boudreaux commented on a Adam Pratts' posting:
From the So. Lumber St. (@ 18th St.) marking heading north is the 16th St. Diesel Shop...L/S, running repair with dark roof, R/S, adjoining is the backshop. Past the Chgo. River's So. Branch St. Charles Airline Bridge is the Commissary/Warehouse,farther north to its' left is the 14th St.Carshop. Train Inspection Bldg.is under Roosevelt Rd.
I repeated his comment below so that it is easier to read while you look at the satellite image.


























From the So. Lumber St. (@ 18th St.) marking heading north is the 16th St. Diesel Shop...L/S, running repair with dark roof, R/S, adjoining is the backshop. Past the Chgo. River's So. Branch St. Charles Airline Bridge is the Commissary/Warehouse,farther north to its' left is the 14th St.Carshop. Train Inspection Bldg.is under Roosevelt Rd.
Near the left side in the center is an Amtrak train pulling out onto the BNSF/CB&Q tracks to be turned using the Jefferson Connection.
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A closeup of the wheel-truing, engine servicing, and washing buildings.



Mark Hinsdale shared four photos with the comment:
December, 1998
Some views of Amtrak's Chicago Maintenance Facility as seen from the 18th Street Bridge in late December, 1998. Some of those very same suspects (in different dress) can still be seen hanging out here in 2017...
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I took this photo while my daughter drove me around town to take pictures. Obviously we are driving east on Roosevelt Road. Note the Amtrak yard tower. According to James' comments above, we are looking at the north side of the carshop in the middle and the southwest part of the inspection building on the left.
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I took quite a few pictures as we crossed the bridge, but many were skunked by something. It is on my todo list to park the car and walk across this bridge to take photos. But since this is probably the only time I'll catch those private cars on the left, I include this one.




One time when I went to a meeting of the Shortline Club in Union Station, I got off at the Halsted Stop and walked east along 16th Street to Canal, and then north to Jackson Blvd. My intended subject of this photo was part of the wye that Amtrak uses to turn the trains. Everybody, including myself, has photos of the tracks from 18th Street, but how often have you seen them from Canal Street?

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But thanks to the magic of high-resolution DSLRs, I also got a view of the west side of the engine facility repair building.

Digitally Zoomed
Further north I caught the west side of the car repair building and its yard tower. The two sand towers and the jet engine to blow and melt snow is part of the BNSF commuter service facility.


I include this photo, not because it captured most of the inspection building, but because the red striped passenger car says FRISCO on the side. I assume that is another private car. And those buildings across the river have been built since Amtrak took over the passenger trains and most of the tracks south of the Loop have been torn up. Judging from the tower cranes, that skyline is going to continue to grow.



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The green tinge is because this photo was taken from an upper seat in a commuter car as it turned north towards Union Station. We see the sign "Locomotive Shop" in the middle of the photo and the Wheel-Truing Building in front of the white building.
And I kept clicking as I went around that turn. The St. Charles Air Line Bridge is on the left.

The car repair building and yard tower.
The north end of the car-repair building and the south end of the train inspection building.
There is at least one train in the inspection building.
A train going between the depot and the service yard...
...appears to have a private car on the end.
The private car is at the beginning of the complex track work between the depot and the BNSF and Amtrak service facilities.
Track Nightmare shows more photos of the complex track work that is between Roosevelt and Polk.


Waldolf Urinse shared seven of the more interesting photos that he added March 3, 2018. The Flickr Album of the Amtrak Yard to which he added those photos.

Front-End Friday

Tom Rutkowski posted 26 photos from inside the yard.

Bruce Blackadar posted a few 1974 photos north and south of Roosevelt Road. Taylor Street still existed and the B&OCT Bridge is down.




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