Friday, July 7, 2017

Erie & C&WI 51st Street Yard and Grain Elevator

Mark Llanuza posted two photos with the comment: "Its Jan 1976 only three months are left for the Erie . went to 51st street yard."


Mark Llanuza posted
Its Dec 1976 9 months after Conrail took over .Eastbound former Erie SDP-45 goes past the the old Erie 51st yard in Chicago.
Dave Waldron But did it travel the el row back to Jersey?
Josh Lemier posted
Here in this photo it's December 1975 and we see Erie Lackawanna 3671 parked in the 51st Street Yard in Chicago, Illinois waiting its next assignment.
Photo Credit To railsr4me.
Mark Llanuza posted
Its Jan 1976 only three months left of operations with the Erie .I'm at 51st Chicago the big piggy back yard with two colorful SDP-45's for the birthday of America painted red white & Blue.
Daniel Gless I hated that style switch. Snap into place along with snapping your elbow/shoulder OUT of place.
Michael Riha shared the Grève des trains - USA - 1946. album. The caption shows the photo number in that album.
24, corrected
Bob Lalich This is C&WI 51st St Yard and PRR 55th St Yard, but the image is flipped. Here is the correct orientation.
[This also shows the 49th Street Corridor joining with the C&WI tracks.]
Mark Llanuza posted
Its April 1974 at Erie's 51st piggy back yard with two RS-Alco units sitting in deep sand

Chicago & Western Indiana used this yard to service the passenger train coaches for its five owners: Erie, Monon, GTW, Wabash, and C&EI. Wabash had their own yard at 47th Street for their engine servicing. A news article in the May, 2017 issue of Trains Magazine about Norfolk Southern's new engine service facility in their 47th Street Yard referred to this yard as the "Erie and Chicago & Western Indiana's 51st Street Yard." Mark's photo shows Erie used the yard for at least engine servicing. I'm left with the question of where did Monon, GTW and C&EI service their locomotives?

Update: The yard on the left is 51 Street; the yard on the right is Pennsy. This photo is at file resolution.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Bill Molony shared
Erie-Lackawanna No. 8454 on April 21, 1965 at Normal & 51st, Chicago, Illinois. No. 8454, an EMD F3A, was built in 1947 as Delaware, Lackawanna & Western No. 805C. A Roger Puta Photograph.
Mike Croy On occasion, I would work a transfer run from Santa Fe’s Corwith yard to the Erie 51st yard. The C& WI roundhouse was still there. The Erie yard was in deplorable condition. The yard tracks were too close to each other. Seemed we were always being held out of the yard on account of a derailment.

Bill Molony posted
Wabash Railroad class C-3 0-8-0 switch engine #1534 at Chicago on August 13, 1938.
Bob Lalich Dennis DeBruler - Bill's photo was taken at C&WI's 51st St Yard. The Erie elevator is seen in the background.
Dennis DeBruler commented on Bob's comment on Bill's post
Judging from the length of the shadows, these two tall buildings by the engine servicing facilities would be the elevators.
[1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP]
Bob Lalich Correct Dennis. The elevator shows up in a lot of locomotive photos due to its location near the ready tracks.
Dennis DeBruler Bob Lalich Indeed. I've seen this elevator before, and it has frustrated me that I did not know where it was located. I now know of two more elevators that were in Chicago: Wabash and Erie.
1901 Sanborn

1901 Sanborn

Marty Bernard shared a Flickr link
EL 7314 (FA-1) June 1965
A Roger Puta Photograph
Alan Follett Still in Erie paint, though with the EL logo. EL was wise to adopt the much more attractive Lackawanna livery as its system standard.
Dennis DeBruler A nice view of the east Erie grain silos at the 51st Street Yard.

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