Monday, March 6, 2017

Rock Island Junction is now broken

A lot of track has been removed, but the connection between NS/Conrail and BRC still exists. In fact, this satellite image shows an eastbound freight using that connection. The turnout of NS/PRR to the BRC connection track is CP 509.
Steven J. Brown posted
Well this was a complete accident. I popped off the now image (top - February 24, 2017) because I thought it was interesting that a modern LED signal was protecting a severed track. No train in the image but it does have my rental car which, in compliance to Rule 9, was returned with footprints on the roof. As I was digging around tonight, I discovered almost the exact angle from forty years ago (bottom - October 9, 1977) of a Conrail freight heading from the BRC to the CR main.
Cameron Applegath Commercial Ave Yard. Very start of the BRC...for westbounds...

Stan Stanovich ...the relatively recent disconnection with the "J" at Rock Island Junction is a CN "thing!!!" (or since their acquisition of the EJ&E!!!)..
Steven climbed the Pennsy embankment and is looking West under the Skyway. The lone track that is left under the Pennsy+NYC bridges is no longer used! But the track that climbs the embankment to connect with NS/Conrail is the important one and it still exists.
Steven J. Brown posted
Belt Railway of Chicago SW9 521 works under the Skyway at South Chicago, Illinois - October 9, 1977.

Joe Usselman posted
A pair of former Conrail dash 8's lead a train onto the BRC at Rock Island Junction in 2010.

Steven J. Brown posted
Westbound - Now and then - South Chicago - Forty years apart!
Norfolk Southern 9636 GE C44-9W (built 2001) leading on February 24, 2017.
Conrail 5956 EMD GP7 (built 1953 as PRR 8584) leading on October 9, 1977.
Dennis DeBruler I just noticed how the 2017 version shows both jointed rails and CWR tracks. And it shows that jointed rails don't have to dip at each joint as you see with poorly maintained track.
From my BRC writeup:
CRJ, search for "Pullman"
Evidently they avoid showing competitive links on the maps because they also don't show the South Chicago & Indiana Harbor (SCIH), formerly Chicago Short Line (CSL). It is a former Rock Island track that continues the CRL track east of Pullman Junction (1600 East and 95th Street on the detailed map) south of their Commercial Avenue Yard.

Arturo Gross Flickr 1998 Photo, State Line Power Plant is in the background.

Arturo Gross Flickr 1995 Photo of a Conrail freight climbing the ramp towards the bridges.
Andrew Osborne: I work on CP and I come from Bensenville, down the BRC from Cragin to Rock Island Jct (this location on BRC) and come to this NS control point, CP 509. I sit here a lot sometimes waiting to enter NS territory to go towards Elkhart
Aruro posted the link and some of the comments include additional photos of the BRC-PRR connection.

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