Thursday, September 7, 2017

CHTT: Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer Railroad

Some consider the Central Manufacturing District (CMD) to be the first planned manufacturing district in the United States. But it appears the Chicago Heights Land Association may have proceeded it by 7 years. ( I consider the 75-acre industrial park built by the CB&Q and South Branch Dock Company to be the first planned manufacturing district.)

Bill Molony posted
1942 map of the Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer Railroad Company
Cruz Martinez I remember seeing rolling stock with their reporting marks in mexico back in the 90's.
Bill posted the above after I wrote the following.
Unlike the CMD, this area still has some heavy industry. CHTT was purchased by the C&EI in 1927, and it is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific.

On a current road map, it is easy to identify some of the early century segments.
  • 0.82 red
  • 2.40 green
  • By 1938 the town must have expanded to the east because I can't find the 0.85 and 1.44 segments nor C&EI branches in a 1938 aerial photo.
  • 0.81 blue
  • 0.37 orange
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Their engine servicing facilities used to be north of their original yard and west of State Street.

HotTimes provides some insight as to how the non-Ford part of CHTT worked.

It is easy to see how the CHTT connected with UP/MoPac/C&EI and CN/EJ&E because those routes still exist. Aban/CR/NYC/Michigan Central is now the dirt path just north of the EJ&E on east of town. In fact, MC is still on the Google Road Map to State Street. If you draw a line straight west to the Old Plank Road Trail on the west side, that would have been the MC RoW. Not to be left out of the action in Chicago Heights, B&OCT built a branch south from New Holland, IL. This branch still extends to the Chicago Heights Glenwood Road because it still has tracks to the Hanson Material Services. It used to have a branch to the west to the Woodcrest engine servicing part of Illinois Central's Markham Yard, but a satellite image shows that track has been torn up.

The 1938 aerial photo shows that B&OCT used to go south along the west side of Glenwood Woods and connected with the east side of its "green (see above map) belt." Except for the final segment south of US-30, you can still see the route through town on a satellite image.

The Chicago, Terre Haute & Southeastern Railway used to join the B&OCT in Chicago Heights to gain access to Chicago. Looking at the 1938 aerial photo, the CHTT was used between 17th and 22nd Streets. CTH&SE had its own route between the CHTT and Stewart Avenue.
You can see from the tree lines where the CTH&SE left Chicago Heights to the south.

William Shapotkin posted
Over the years, you have no doubt seen a number of C&EI pix -- be they diesel or steam, passenger or freight. While most of us were aware of their local subsidiary, Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer, precious few pix of that property have been seen. Well darn it if one did not turn up -- and in an unlikely spot. Found on the facebook page "You Know You're From Chicago Heights" came this photo, of a CHTT steam locomotive. Now while not the greatest picture I've ever seen, believe this is the first CHTT steam photo I recall running across. As result, thought I'd also run it across you.

Bill Molony posted
Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer 0-6-0 switch engine at Chicago Heights on March 3, 1940.
Bob Lalich Did CHTT have their own engine servicing facility in Chicago Heights, or did they use Yard Center? I would think there was at least one water station in Chicago Heights, like the one seen here.Dave Andreides Was told by some old timers that they had a engine facility at state st and 17st north of the yard don’t know how true that is?
Bob Lalich commented on Bill's post
The old timers were right! Check out this 1938 aerial shot.
A comment on a post:
David Brandes The Ford plant at CHTT is down to a 3 or 4 car spot switched a couple times a day. When I started it was a 25 car spot switched 3-4 times a day.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting information that you have collected. Thank you for the publication.

    Do you have any idea what color the Gunderson Maxi Stack I cars delivered for the CHTT had? I suspect a bright blue. But I have no picture.