Sunday, May 21, 2017

IC IMX Intermodal Yard

When the Chicago Produce Terminal became obsolete, IC sold the eastern part and converted the remaining part to an intermodal yard --- IMX. IMX itself closed in 2004. [Darren K Hill comment on a posting]
Andrew Urbanski posted
DAMEN AVE, Chicago Intermodal
Dan Tracy Wow, IMX later used by the SP.
Keith Peeples Looks like IC was ahead of their time. Some railroads were still loading circus style thru the seventies.
[I-55 is on the right, so we are looking East.]
David Wilson's Photoset has two 1988 photos when the land was the ICG IMX intermodal yard: looking east and looking west. The second photo also shows both smokestacks on the Crawford Generating Plant. It also shows the lift towers for the Western Avenue Bridge.

Google Earth set to 3/26/1999
It looks like it was still being used when this 1999 image was taken.

It is no longer being used, but not because the land was needed for something else. Some of the tracks still exist.
Satellite
Update:
Nathan Mackey posted
Back when IMX was still a yard in Chicago, we were heading west on the IC down to Ash St. in 2001.
[Note the former-Santa Fe concrete silos in the background that are still (2017) standing.]
Brandon McShane UP used the yard for a couple of trains before Global 4 opened. Now there's a big box warehouse being built on the site. The ICG sign is still there on the Damen overpass, though.
Dennis DeBruler That explains why UP has trackage rights on the CN part of the GM&O but doesn't use them.
Stan Stanovich ...one of two intermodal yards used by SP when they made their entry into Chicago in the early '90s, use by UP came about, through their acquisition of the SP!!! (the other one was former B&O Forest Hill)
Brandon McShane Or just north of the Damen exit on I-55. The yard was opened when IC moved its piggyback ramp out of the Congress Street yard in Grant Park.
[This C&NW power is because UP had already bought C&NW. There are a lot of comments discussing how UP accessed this yard. UP's traffic to Los Angeles used their trackage rights on the CB&Q rather than the SP/MoPac/GM&O to get to this yard. There is also another "named connector" in Chicago --- the "Can Wye" is at the junction of ICwest and BRC.]
Steve Howard posted
My photo from a while back...
ICG Piggyback train 51 getting ready to head south...
My Photo. Around 1979 or so? — at IMX piggyback yard Chicago, IL.
Scott Malec Train going directional east before turning south at the lakefront?
Steve Howard Yes
Zaky Joseph posted
Southern Pacific gp38 #4863 is in charge of a baretable transfer from the CSX Bedford Park intermodal ramp going to the IMX , a Southern Pacific (former ICG) facility over by Damen Ave. The train travels via the BRC onto a connection (known as the "wobbly wye"), then heads east on the IC Freeport sub from Hawthorne to IMX. Chicago , Illinois. 7/6/1997.
Zaky Joseph As additional information, 2 things: the SP ran 2 inbound trains on the former GM&O from the Santa Fe in Joliet, via the IC Joliet Sub to IMX : I-CIIM (City of Industry, California to IMX) and I-EPIM (El Paso, Texas to IMX), as well as their outbound counterparts. The other thing I wanted to mention was that if you drive over Damen Ave just north of the I-55 ramps, you can still see the old Illinois Central Gulf sign (with the happy pig on wheels) at the facility, which is now abandoned.


David Wilson Flickr 1988 Photos: Crawford smokestacks and Western's lift towers in the background     lots of truck trailers

Arturo Gross Flickr 2001 Photo

1 comment:

  1. I worked trains out of FT Madision Iowa, Union Pacific ( via the bnsf to Joliet, then CN-IC to IMX). These were track rights from the SPCSL ( Southern Pacfic), I was going in and out of there 1998 to 2000 . The trains that originated from IMX were the IIMCI and IIMLB. We operated trains out of Bedford Park IBPCI and a train out of 59th street that frequently had to recrewed several times before it could escape Chicago to run thru Cicero to Galesburg on the Bnsf,rejoining the old Santa Fe at Cameron Ill. Towards the end of my time there we went westbound out of IMX to Cicero at Ash Street. Pleasantly remember IC Ash street giving us a block to Put our train together. Loved the view of the Sears Tower. Kept my BNSF December 31, 1999 track warrant, Y2K hysteria !

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