|Gary Sturm posted|
Rock Island #4905 is on the interchange track at Joliet Union Station in 1974.
Bob Kalal NW2 4905 switcher ex-P&LE 8741, built 3/49. off of http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.aspx?id=CRIP&Page=8J Pete Hedgpeth That track was known as the "Santa Fe Wye
When I read the the high-speed rail plan between Chicago and St. Louis specifies the use of the former-Rock Island route between Joliet and Chicago, I asked what the speed limit of this connector is. (Currently the Amtrak trains use the Alton route between St. Louis and Joliet and continue on that route to Union Station.) The answer was that the speed limit is 10mph but the plan includes replacing this connector with a connector that would allow 25mph.
This gives me an excuse to revisit my Joliet folders to find pictures of this connector.
|2814-2816||28274, 77 & 61||5,5,4/63||Ex-BN GP39M 2814-2816 < BN 2213, 2216 & 2200 < nee GN 3013, 3016 & 3000|
|2887-2888||30170, 29730||7/65, 12/64||Ex-BN GP39M 2887-2888 < SSW 6681 & SP 6504 < nee SSW 781 & 764|
|Jose Vicente Sendin shared|
|I commented on Jose's share 20170219 7812rc|
Modern diamonds are bolted together with a lot more pieces. I assume then intent is that it is easier to replace parts that have worn. This is the crossing at Joliet Union Depot. The single tracks was the Rock Island and is now the Metra. The two near tracks are BNSF/Santa Fe and the far two tracks are UP/GM&O. The Rock Island used to have three more tracks here for a total of 16 diamonds. These four diamonds were prefabricated and moved in place one weekend in May 2015.
|I commented on Jose's share 20180326 0183|
A bolt has already fallen out.
|I commented on Jose's share|
And another has broken. And this is what I saw in the close diamonds. There could have been other problems that I could not see from public propert