Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Illinois Central 51st (47th) Street or Hyde Park Tower

3D Satellite, eastish (track) side
I saved some Google Map images because I understand the tower is gone now. Between Mark's 2007 images below and these 2015 images, the top story was removed.

This tower is also known as the IC's 47th Tower.

NorthAmericanInterlockings: no entry

Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers (click the marker for more information)

D.W. Davidson Flickr

51st Street Tower Icon from 11th Place-67th Street link on Railroad Operating Information.

Oct 2015 Street View, northish side
Oct 2015 Street View, southish side
Mark Llanuza posted
The year 2007 IC 51st tower
Dennis DeBruler Sometime since 2007 they removed the top story. https://www.google.com/.../@41.8042127,-87.../data=!3m1!1e3 It seems that it would have been a lot cheaper to fix the roof, board up the windows, and take down the extra flight of stairs.
Mark Llanuza posted six photos with the comment: "Its the year 2007 at the old IC Hyde Park tower at 51st st."
I shared Mark's posting and David Daruszka provided me the details I needed to locate this tower:
Actually it was known as 47th Street Tower, although it was further south of the 47th Street Station and north of 51st Street. Approximately 50th Street and Lake Park Ave. Type that into search and look at the maps selection. You can see it in the aerial view if you zoom in.

1, Dave Foley Signal testman extraordinaire Mark Newman

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Mark Llanuza posted two photos with the comment: "Metra's Hyde Park tower the year 2007 former IC tower."

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David Daruszka commented on my share concerning a question about the difference between the 2015 Google images and Mark's 2007 images.
They removed the top story of the building. This is how it looked originally.
When the IC was electrified, a flyover connection to the NYC/Chicago Junction/Union Stock Yard and Transit Company was constructed. This simplified the junction enough that it eliminated the 43rd Street Tower and control was remoted to this tower.

Bob Lalich commented on a share
I believe that there was a power switch and signals for the CJ ramp track near 51st St tower. It is seen near the left side of this drawing.
[I'm glad Bob sees it because because this track diagram is too complicated for me to understand it.]
Mark Llanuza posted
The year 2007 IC 51st tower
Dennis DeBruler Sometime since 2007 they removed the top story. https://www.google.com/.../@41.8042127,-87.../data=!3m1!1e3 It seems that it would have been a lot cheaper to fix the roof, board up the windows, and take down the extra flight of stairs.
Mark commented on his posting
This is in the basement of this tower 51st street.


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