Friday, October 20, 2017

Chicago Great Western Ingalton Yard

Mark Llanuza posted
Its Jan 1975 I'm at Ingalton yard on the old CGW line in West Chicago IL looking west .This also was used as the training center for training engineer's along the main line inside the train station. went back again same location in 2014
Fortunately, in the suburbs much of the CGW right-of-way is now the Great Western Trail, which makes it much easier to find CGW stuff. In this 1939 aerial photo, the white line going north/south is IL-59.

1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Mark Llanuza posted
Its 1962 and after shot 1992 at Ingalton yard West Chicago IL.
James McAdams Were these taken from the Route 59 bridge?
Mark Llanuza yes this was route 59 bridge. [facing West]

Forgotten Railways, Roads, and Places shared
Jerry Jackson commented on Mark's posting
Jerry Hud posted
A lot of discussion of the Ingalton (West Chicago) area made me think of this blue print of the CGW. Don't you just love old railroad drawings?
John Markl We're accustomed to charts with "up" being this case, "up" is south.

Mark Llanuza posted
Its May 1976 westbound General Motor's test train with F-units roll past the former CGW Ingalton station .At the time in 1976 this station was used by the CNW training school for engineer's and conductors at this former CGW yard .This train ran from Carol Stream to Virgil IL with loaded coal .I went back to the same location standing on the cement foundation of the train station to match up my old photo at West Chicago IL 2015 .That is route 59 bridge in the back ground.
Ken Swiderski commented on a post: "Wasn't most of the switching handled by Chicago Transfer Yard? What was Ingalton used for, interchanging via the J and for industry work?"
Dennis DeBruler Ken Swiderski Sorry about the delay, but I had to take some time to fix some errors I had in my General Mills notes. UP switched General Mills on the former CGW tracks until it closed in 2002.

This comment by nordique72 at April 6, 2011 11:16am in makes it sound like both CGW yards were industrial yards.

"The yard the CGW leased from the B&OCT was called the 'Chicago Transfer Yard' and it lays just south of the Eisenhower Expressway between Cicero and Laramie Avenues in Chicago. The yard is lightly used today by the CSXT to serve a couple local industries. CGW freights normally operated directly into the B&OCT yard and the power layed over there, while the small amount of local traffic CGW handled was set out and switched at 'the Transfer'."

I assume that Ingalton was a "helper" yard much like CB&Q's Eola Yard was back when Clyde (Cicero) handled freight or Santa Fe's GM Yard was back when Corwith handled freight. (Now Eola and GM Yards are the freight yards because the main yards have been converted to intermodal. In fact, Eola has been expanded.)

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