Wednesday, July 17, 2019

UP/C&NW North Avenue Yard

I saved a satellite image because most of the industry that used to be served by this yard, including interchange traffic with the now defunct Chicago Terminal Railroad, has been kicked out of the area by gentrification. I wonder if UP will keep this yard for just car storage. Or if they will tear up the tracks for property tax relief. The land is elevated, so if the tracks are torn up, it would join the many expensive vacant lots in Chicago.

Edward Kwiatkowski posted
A Union Pacific Railroad EMD GP 15 diesel electric locomotive, and a former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad steel bay window caboose.
Chicago Illinois. July 2019.
Michael Bose I have seen this very locomotive quite often either crossing Irving Park Rd. at Six Corners, or Montrose at Mayfair, around midday. Usually with a couple of covered hoppers.
Dennis DeBruler Probably flour cars for Alpha Baking. It is one of the two industries that I know of that are still supported by this yard since Chicago Terminal Railroad had to abandoned the Milwaukee's former Chicago & Evanston tracks around Goose Island.,-87.../data=!3m1!1e
Dennis DeBruler The other industry is the lower level of Blommer Chocolate. (NS serves the second level.)
Dennis DeBruler I see that Sipi Metals has paved over its spur.!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4...
David Daruszka North Avenue Yard.[It looks like a railroad tower is photobombing the caboose.]
Street View, looking from the north side
The tracks in the foreground are the mainline. It is good that UP is storing some cars in the yard to highlight the yard tracks.
Street View, looking from the south side
Alpha Baking has three flour cars spotted at their building.  Since the section of this branch that went up from 40th Street Yard no longer exists, these cars would have to be shoved south from a connection with the Northwest line.

The satellite at the beginning of these notes shows the gap between the mainline and the yard is bare. This 2011 Flickr shows that it used to have vegetation. Allan's comment on the Flickr photo:
Gosh, when I blew up this pic, it totally makes sense where this is now. You're slightly south of the Clybourn Metra stop, somewhere in the rail yard just south of that stop, and east of the Kennedy. The Morton Salt building totally gives this pic away. :)
As an exercise to learn more about Chicago and the C&NW I found the taller brown building that is to the left of Willis/Sears Tower in the 2011 Flickr photo. This satellite extract has that building in the lower-right corner. I added a red line to show the sight-line along the yard in the photo. It does catch the south end of the former Mortan Salt Co. warehouse.
One thing I learned is why the black building along the Chicago River that had its nice river view skunked by the Trump Tower is no longer called the IBM Building. IBM has built a new building that is down in the financial district and closer to the commuter stations. The brown building is across the corner from it and Willis is a block south.

This satellite image has to be rather old. I see three hopper cars parked by the building. I remember Morton Salt closed this warehouse facility a few years ago. So I doubt if there have been hopper cars parked at the building for a while now.

It looks like Sipi Metals has paved over its spur.

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