David Daruszka posted two photos with the comment: "Before and after track elevation at 16th Street."
Bob Lalich David, if you look closely, the C&WI is already grade separated in the B&W photo.
Dennis DeBrulerGroup Admin Also nice views of the big, wooden grain elevators that lined the South Branch.
|Bob Lalich commented on David's posting|
Because this crossing was such an operating nightmare, it was one of the first grade separation projects in the Chicago area. Here is a drawing from Railroad Gazette in 1891 before separation and interlocking. At the time, the crossings were protected by flagmen. Imagine the arguments and tie-ups! And notice that the St Charles Air Line was a straight alignment as built.
|David Daruszka posted|
|David commented on his posting|
That ketchup bottle water tower shows up in a lot of pictures.
Bob Lalich That is a beer bottle from the Schoenhofen brewery. http://forgottenchicago.com/articles/schoenhofen-brewery/