Aurora is the end of the line for the commuter service that BNSF runs for Metra. Since this is a daytime shot, the yard is empty because all of the commuter trains are parked down by Union Station, the other terminus of the commuter runs.
|Kevin S. Hoover posted|
[East end of the yard with a slot machine on M3 of the Racetrack. A drone picture.]
This view is looking east from the Wood Street Bridge. The three tracks on the right are the "Racetrack." The three track mainline between Aurora and downtown Chicago. The two on the left are for the commuter (Metra) service. You can see an embankment in the middle because the Racetrack is starting its elevation through Aurora. I also noticed that the M3 (southern most) track is using concrete ties. This is the first time I have noticed BNSF using concrete ties. When they moved the tracks in Joliet, UP used concrete ties but BNSF still used wood ties for the new track.
the High Street Bridge, I first took pictures towards the West as I walked across the bridge. The rightmost track leaving on an angle is a branch line to the north.
Also note that this bridge has a nice handrail. It is high enough to feel safe, but low enough that it is easy to shoot pictures over it. (The first bridge I shot pictures from was very scary because the handrails were too low. The Wood Street bridge from which I took the first two pictures above had the opposite problem --- a chain link fence that was way over my head.)
Then I noticed the "blue flags" at the end of each storage track. And beside each blue flag is an orange derail.
locomotive #183, the new rebuild. I wanted to get a closer shot before it disappeared around the curve.
slot machine, I include the shot I took of one parked at the east end of Eola Yard.
|Robby Gragg Flickr photo taken 2017 Oct 8|
|Digitally Zoomed from Robby's highest resolution (5020 x 3766) Flickr photo|
|Tom Casady posted|
I used to be fascinated by the roundhouse in Aurora, IL - although I never saw it in operation unfortunately.