I included the connector as well as the crossing itself in the satellite image. Nerska Junction is just north of I-55.
|Steven J. Brown shared|
Soo Line 1003 crossing the Rock River on her way into Janesville, Wisconsin - August 13, 2017.
|Steven J. Brown posted|
Soo Line 1003 is at Hanson Park heading to Metra's Western Avenue yard from Galewood after a charity event for the Chicago Shriner's Hospital for Children - August 12, 2017.
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Street View, zoomed|
[So this is where they keep their cute little switching engines.]
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Photo taken by Aaron Hockley, License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)|
From Flick from Bridge Hunter
|Jim Kleeman posted|
In the early morning a partially dressed BNSF 4837 strides across the Columbia River at Rock Island, WA. The dispatcher referred to the Seattle - Chicago intermodal as the "Sea Chicken" when it left Wenatchee a few minutes earlier. Someone has a sense of humor early in the morning. 740 AM 9/13/1998
|Bill Molony posted|
Five EMD F-units roll the eastbound Santa Fe Super Chief - El Capitan across the Illinois River near Chillicothe in October of 1964.
|Jerry Jackson commented on the above posting|
SW Chief 1989.
|Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana posted|
|John Hamm commented on the above posting|
I still have one of their old heavy-heavy cardboard beer cases from the 60's. Wonder if it is a collector's item now. This has been a general tote in my garage for decades.
|The New York Public Library from DustyOldThing|
|Kevin Piper posted|
Action at Matteson. EJ&E 305 is making a set out at the IC interchange yard, while a State Line coal empty with run-through GM&O GP35's for Joliet, and an IC transfer job with GP9 9015 waits in the clear. Today, all three railroads are a part of CN, and the junction here is a big new multi-directional connection. 4-16-67. LOUIS CERNY PHOTO
Michael Steffen Matteson siding, like the one at Chicago Heights, was located between the eastbound and westbound mains.
|Kevin Piper posted|
This is the elaborate junction buiilt by CN to connect EJ&E to the old IC at Matteson, IL. Looking south.
James L. Ludwig CN has put the new connections on a railfan's diet-the north wye is designated as CP Swede and the south wye is CP Lowe. Sweet & Lowe.
Gregg Wolfersheim In the upper right of the pic is Harris. This takes you south to Stunkel. Speed limit on the "loop" is 15MPH.
Canadian National Inspection Train
For the second consecutive day, a company inspection train has visited Chicagoland. Yesterday, Union Pacific ran one through on its northbound trek; today, CN came south with one on its journey from Stevens Point WI to Champaign IL. Here are views on the Matteson IL "cloverleaf."
|Jake Jones posted|
Aurora IL. July 1999
Liberty St .. Coming out of BN Eola yard with a full coal train.
Sometimes they would stop at the top of the ramp. Which never made sense to me, maybe a crew change or waiting on a signal??
Kevin Piper Had to line the mainline switch?Mike Schattl They probably needed to get a track warrant and didn't want to trip the grade crossing signals....
|Mike Wyatt posted|
Eola yard looking east, 1990. Brad Schultz photo.
William Bauer I liked it when the yard office was in the middle of the yard. It was a better setup for the crews
Historical Photo of the Week: The Western Ave bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, looking north, showing the laying of timber for paving on February 13, 1925.
[Note the streetcars. The canal level off to the right looks rather high.]
|HAER ILL, 16-chig, 163--1 from il0605|
1. LONG VIEW LOOKING EAST FROM SCISSORS BRIDGE - Western Avenue, Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge, Spanning Sanitary & Ship Canal, Chicago, Cook County, IL
|Heinz History Center posted|
August 1941: The West End Bridge was designed by George S. Richardson and built by Allegheny County in 1932. The bridge is 1,891 feet in overall length. From north to south, there are four Warren Pony trusses and the main span that has a 778-foot tied arch. When it was built, the vertical clearance was 73 feet, and today it is 66 feet. The bridge connects the North Side and the West End neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
Today's #throwbackthursday image is from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development Photographs, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center.
6/2017 - For now, double stacks and autoracks are not permitted through the station in Pittsburgh due to clearances. There is a plan in place to finally eliminate these clearance problems, but for now, doublestacks and autoracks take a detour around downtown Pittsburgh on the Port Perry Branch and Mon Line. Here we see one such doublestack train rolling north across the OC Bridge about to meet up with the Fort Wayne Line.
|Ian Bowling commented on the above posting|
Here’s a picture of an Eastbound double stack about to head into the Port Perry Tunnel
|Roger Holmes posted|
In August of 1971 I was working on the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio's extra board as a leverman, operator and relief agent and found myself at Corwith tower in Chicago. Passing is a transfer run powered by a pair of ex-Illinois Terminal ALCO RS-1's en route to Glen Yard. My only regret is that I didn't shoot this in color. The second unit is still in IT colors and the contrast with the green and yellow and the freshly painted GM&O, well, it looked like a circus! In fact this transfer job earned the nickname, "Circus Train"! More that once would I receive a phone call or hear on the radio inquiring where the circus train was. Someone on the C&O spoiled it when he got ahold of some bright blue Chessie paint and painted "Circus" on the side of the green and yellow loco. It was soon repainted into the solid red. © Roger A. Holmes.
|Ken Bryan posted|
Open-air wheat storage at the Conrad, MT United Grain elevator last week.
Jan Normandale I've never seen this before...!Terry Selle I've seen a lot of elevators do this while work with UP.Ken Bryan This is fairly common here, particularly on years with large harvests and when rail service is backlogged - neither of which are in effect this year. But this is a relatively small elevator, so I assume it is SOP for this location.
|Edwsard Duke shared NebraskaTV|
Mark Olson Actually around here in corn country - they pile a lot of it outside on purpose when the harvest is going strong - you don't want to know what they do to your food before you get it. I am sure they will salvage 90% of that. What they can't salvage for human will go to animal feed. http://www.agriculture.com/.../tempary-grain-stage...
|Agriculture: Temporary Grain Storage Solutions|
|Bob Thamsen posted|
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William L. Brushaber With all that high H.P. power, this is #57 leaving So Chicago yard west for Council Bluffs -UP. The Rock island transfer from BRC-Clearing enters at Gresham Jct at 87th St. and Vincennes Ave. and goes to Burr oak yard.
Harold J. Krewer Not to mention the BRC yard "over by dere" as we say in Chicago is Commercial Ave., not Clearing.
Four big burners and the time of day (noonish) tells me Brush is right on, this is 57 launching out of South Chicago.
Ingrid Drozdak 1300 horse power must have been a long train.
Harold J. Krewer 13,200 to be precise, Ingrid! There was probably going to be a GTW block tacked on the rear at Burr Oak with the train stopped on the main. Also by this late date I'm sure the power desk wanted to make sure there was enough HP to maintain 60 MPH to the Bluffs even if a unit shot craps.
|Ryerson-Burnham Digital Archives, SAIC, Forgotten Chicago|
|David M Laz posted|
GULF MOBILE AND OHIO passenger train leaving Union station, 1960's
Turk Meyers Damn. That 312 W. Polk building or whatever it's called is really cool!
|Screenshot from a video montage. Given the bridge on the right, I think this is of the south end of the freight house. In this area of the video, he switches between some Union Station and Central Station shots before moving on to C&NW, Bensenville, etc. For example, an overview of the CB&Q+Pennsy yards.|
|Bill Molony posted|
Pennsylvania Railroad EMD E7A's, easing an eastbound PRR passenger train out of Union Station on the afternoon of June29, 1957.My interest in this picture is not the trains, but the building in the background --- it is a Pennsy freight house.
|David Daruszka posted|
Another postcard image of the area south of Union Station. The massive Pennsylvania freight house in the background was demolished.
[I include David's copy as well because it looks a little better. And more comments give me more insight.]Marty Bernard Fantastic picture. Obviously shot from the Roosevelt Road Viaduct with at least 5 PRR E7As and Bs before they had radio antenna on their roofs. Green REA cars. Wonder what those tanks by the closest E7A are?Bob Lalich I believe those cylinders are air resevoirs. The interlocking was electro-pneumatic.David Daruszka The postcard is listed as the 1960's.James Nelson I'm in agreement those are air tanks; no apparent filling/pumping equipment around them, and most of CUSCo was electro-pneumatic.
|William Brown posted|
The BN's Afternoon Zephyrs last run April 30, 1971. Leaving Chicago Union Station. An EBay postcard.
Historical Photo of the Week: The Pennsylvania Company property on the west side of the South Branch of the Chicago River looking south from Madison Street on September 29, 1903. Construction to widen and deepen the river in this area began in 1906. #TBT Chicago River Friends of the Chicago River
[This must have been their PFW&C freight house before they built the big one.]
|Sean Gulden shared|
A Pennsylvania Railroad publicity photo featuring train #48, the "General" (Chicago - New York), departing Chicago Union Station. The Pennsy's massive freight terminal can be seen in the background (gone today).
[But evidently a poor scan of the photo.]
The PRR had more than one freight house prior to 1920. The Panhandle and the Ft. Wayne both had in-bound and out-bound houses. The Ft. Wayne had several of each since traffic grew, but the available land didn't. The house on the curve was the Panhandle's, which operated into the north side of Union Station. An 1884 date would be about right for this structure, as Union Depot was built in 1881 and the Panhandle managed to kick out the C&EI, which then had a small depot on the curve. That depot had no tracks and C&EI trains loaded on the Panhandle main. The C&EI helped form the C&WI and moved its trains to Dearborn Station.
After about 1900, most Panhandle passenger trains used the south end of the Union Depot by running over the Bernice cutoff. The north side was still used by commuter trains to the Union Stock Yards until the Depression, but in addition to the use of the tracks by the Milwaukee, the line was convenient to the PRR for receiving the trap cars which ran between the various railroads' freight houses. The erection of the giant Polk Street house eliminated the need for all of the PRR's prior facilities.
|Bill Molony posted|
A Pennsylvania Railroad A-B-A set of Baldwin DR 6-4-20 sharks in Chicago on January 25, 1953.
Each unit was powered by two Baldwin 608NA 8-cylinder diesel engines rated at 1,000 horsepower each.
These PRR units were the first shark-nose Baldwins, and the only A1A-A1A sharks ever produced.
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Ted Lemen posted|
Two CB&Q commuter trains rush south from Union Station, or perhaps one is backing in to load, while Amtrak languishes in the background.
|Mike Daniels posted|
My K64 original
[Torn down after 333 Wacker built?!]
|Bill Molony posted|
Pennsylvania Railroad class E7s 4-4-2 Atlantic-type #8588, leaving Chicago Union Station with the local to Valparaiso, Indiana on the afternoon of August 4, 1929.
|Bill Molony posted|
Amtrak train #5, the westbound San Francisco Zephyr, departing from Chicago Union Station in September of 1973.
This train operated just three days a week, and it was routed over the Burlington Northern between Chicago and Denver, the Union Pacific between Denver and Ogden, and over the Southern Pacific between Ogden and Oakland.Patrick McNamara The Pennsylvania RR Warehouse - a.k.a. Western Warehousing Company, was built in 1915, completed 1918, demolished 1973.
[This is also a nice view of the Chicago skyline. I see the tall bank building is now owned by Chase.]
|Santa Fe Railway switcher backing Amtrak passenger train no. 15, the Texas Chief, into Union Station in Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 1971. Photograph by John F. Bjorklund, © 2015, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Bjorklund-04-05-03|
|John Morris posted|
GM&O's "Abraham Lincoln" is snaking it's way out of Union Station as it starts the ritual early evening trip to St. Louis. Based on the three heavyweight coaches up front, it looks like an extra heavy passenger load on this trip. As an aside, I never paid much attention to the massive Pennsylvania Railroad freight house building in the background...until it was gone of course. This photo dates from the mid-1960s and was taken from the Roosevelt Road overpass...always a favorite spot for rail buffs.
Tim M. Hickernell Agreed. That PRR freight house must have been one of the largest warehouse buildings of its time. I always wished I could have seen it before it was torn down.Randy James yep, I believe it was a combination pennsy & railway express agency freight house, I read somewhere that it was the largest rr freight house in the country.Brandon McShane Actually, Railway Express had its own terminal along Canal Street out of the frame to the left.Randy James notice the grey baggage car, it was one of a handful of Delaware & Hudson baggage car that was acquired by the gm&o in the late 50's for increasing need for baggage express cars, with associated head end traffic via the mopac connection at st Louis that was coming out of Dallas ft. worth, they were re lettered but never painted into gm&o paint scheme.
[I'm not the only one that noticed the freight house.]