Sunday, August 13, 2017

BNSF/CB&Q Eola Yard and Tower

(Satellite) I was going to add my pictures. But I have so many, during various stages of construction, that I have decided I will make a later posting with them. The important thing for yards and towers is the satellite location.

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

Evan Walker posted
Jim Shaw Looks like Eola yard looking west from the Eola Road bridge.

Mike Breski posted
CB&Q E8A #9952 leads the NP North Coast Limited WB at CB&Q Eola Int Tower, in Eola, IL in 1956.
Photo by James E. Humbert.
Doug Plummer The eola tower was down near eola road you can see the EJ andE bridge off to the east past the signal bridge.
Mike Spencer Anybody have better photos of Eola Tower? I'm very curious about the bracket post semaphore.
Lawrence Smith I agree. never saw a bracket post like that on CB+Q - looks like a NYC signal.
Mike Spencer The signal itself is distinctly Q - it's a lower quad with likely a Federal mechanism. The bracket post is likely a catalog-standard item, albeit from the early 1900's or 1910's.
Brandon Otterstrom Mike Spencer this semaphore signals were train order signal for eastbound trains.

Marty catches a Zephyr flying through the yard in 1964.

Marty Bernard posted
CB&Q 5632 acting as the Oregon Way Freight on fan trip passing an eastbound Dinky at Eola Tower at Eola, Illinois on June 23, 1962. A Roger Puta photo.
[Note the tower peaking through the two trains. And 1962 must have been before kill-all herbicides were invented.]

One of 44 farm scenes posted by Sam Carlson. 
Eola, IL in Fall, 1984. This area is unrecognizable today, as urban blight has completely obliterated the farmland.
Michael Matalis I moved away from Chicago in 1984, returned in 1999 and was amazed (and depressed) by the amount of sprawl. I was not surprised that the cornfield a half mile from my house was gone, but areas out near Elgin where all I could see in '84 were a few farm houses I now could not see at all because of town homes and strip malls. The price of progress I guess.

Satellite before the yard lead extension construction. Unlike most railyards in the 21st Century, this yard is being expanded because it now handles carload traffic for the Chicago area since their old freight yard, Clyde, has been converted to an intermodal yard. Clyde does still do engine servicing.

A closeup of the roundhouse scar.

John Smith posted five pictures of the turntable.

John Smith posted 30 pictures from 2006, many of the turntable.

2017 3D Satellite showing a Santa Fe Warbonet, this is strange because I have never seen it on the Racetrack, but I have seen a locomotive still in Cascade Green.

Chuck Guzik caught and describes five trains that are facing west in Eola. (The Metra is going east, but the engine is facing west because it is pushing the train.)

William Brown posted
From a group of CB&Q photos purchased on EBay, CB&Q 9271 and 9278 are on the ready track at EOLA, Illinois. I am guessing they are waiting to go on duty as the East and West Lead Switchers. One could be the Tramp Job that switch the CB&Q's Reclamation Shop across the Main Tracks. The 9271 was built in September 1955. It would be renumbered BN 229 after the Merger. It was retired by BN in February 1986 and sold the used Locomotive Dealer Wilson Railway in Des Moines, Iowa. The 9278 was built in October 1955. It was renumbered BN 236 after the BN Merger. It was then renumbered BNSF 3506 after the Santa Fe/BN Merger. 55 years of service is not a bad record. It was still in service on a Short Line in Batesville, Arkansas. No date or photographer listed.
Karl M Andrews What I like about this photo is that it shows the small roundhouse that used to be at Eola. When I worked there the building was gone and the turntable was out of service. the TT was repaired and used for a short time to turn Auto racks before they went to the trans-loading facility in Naperville. At that time the auto rack cars had to be arranged so that the headlights on any given cut of cars had to have all the headlights facing the same way. There was an "old head" switchman who knew how to operate the TT and he would turn the cars when necessary. He retired but by that time the auto facility was able to unload cars from either end. NOW that facility is long closed. None of the 'old heads" I worked with remembered the old roundhouse nor when it was razed.

1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

At photo resolution

Steven J. Brown posted
My neighbor just got a scanner and came over for a brief scanning demo so YOU get a random BN image!

GATX SD38-2 1241 (built 1978 as Reserve Mining 1241, became Iowa Interstate 151) looking through the long gone turntable at Burlington Northern's yard in Eola, Illinois - January 1, 1991

Doug Andreasen Cool pic. Not sure I'd say "long gone" as it was removed in 2007. It was a neat feature of that yard for a long time though.
[I added some location information.]

I'm interested in train operations. But that doesn't fit very well into the infrastructure oriented organization of this blog. So I guess I'll save the information in yard notes for now. Two railfans caught a train going from CN's Kirk Yard to BN's Galesburg Yard via CN/EJ&E.
Halsted Pazdzior posted
BNSF 1706 leads M395 from Kirk to the BNSF. Today they dropped off a large section of train at Joliet yard and continued north on the Leithton. This is a newer practice and looks to be supplimenting the usual L520/L521 (Kirk to Joliet) locals.
Jonathon Leese Didn’t 395 used to be direct from Battle Creek to the BN? [So M395 was originally a GTW train.]
Kevin Vahey Jonathon Leese yep. Would sometimes work Joliet before continuing to Eola.
Dennis DeBruler Taken from Canton Farm Road!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-jrLDtj...

Matt Buhlig posted
In a rather interesting turn of events, BNSF 1706 (SD40-2) and a CN SD60 ended up powering CN M395 north on the CN Leithton Sub this evening just before dusk. M395 originates in Kirk Yard and then hops on the BNSF at Eola and continues west as H-CNIGAL. 6/10/20.
Dennis DeBruler Thanks for explaining the source and destination of this train. Do they change from CN to BNSF crews at Eola? Halsted Pazdzior explained that M395 also serves the Joliet Yard.
Matt Buhlig Dennis DeBruler the crew change point kinda varies day by day, but it is always between Eola and Joliet.

A Marty Bernard view looking West from the west tower

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