Saturday, August 5, 2017

Burnham Tower: NS/NKP+Aban/C&WI+CSS vs. Pennsy/SC&S (Bernice Cuttoff)

(CRJ, Satellite)
NorthAmericanInterlockings: photo
Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers, which has links to another photo and a track plan.

Josh Lemier posted
Here in our new cover photo we see Erie Lackawanna PA's lead a manifest past the tower at Burnham, Illinois on June 17, 1967.
Photo Credit To Paul Enenbach.
The electric wires on the right would be the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend, the only interurban still in operation. The eastbound Erie train would be on the double track C&WI. To the left of the tower, out of frame, is the double track Nickle Plate. The track running left/right in the middle of the picture next to the tower is the South Chicago & Southern, more commonly known as the Bernice Cuttoff. This allowed passenger trains on the Panhandle to go north to the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago, which was a more direct route to Union Station than the circuitous route used by the Chicago & Great Eastern that the Panhandle originally used to go to the Union Station.

John Fuller's 1970 photo shows there was a connector or industrial spur that cuts diagonally across the NKP and SC&S tracks. Paul's photo above implies that track connects with the C&WI.

A problem with these historic aerial photos is that, unless they have laid fresh ballast, it is hard to find tracks. It looks like the tower is in the lower-right corner of the red rectangle and a shadow in the upper-left corner. But the tower and shadow don't align quite right. So I'm not sure of the exact location of the tower.
1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Paul Enenback has a 1967 photo of a southbound Pennsy about to cross the CSS tracks.

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