Originally, this yard was the team tracks for C&WI's owners.
Since the UP/C&WI and NS/Pennsy tracks are elevated, you can't get a shot of the tracks from a crossing. But when my daughter was driving me around Chicago so that I could take pictures of bridges, we took the ramp from I-94 North to I-55 West, and that ramp goes over the tracks. In the background is the south tower of the Canal Street RR Bridge. The 21st Street Crossing is just this side of that bridge. That crossing used to have five C&WI tracks crossing Santa Fe, IC, and Pennsy tracks as they curved eastward towards Dearborn Station. Now it is just a turnout from the tracks across the bridge to a single track. (The two tracks that continue south switch from Amtrak to Metra ownership at the 21st Street Crossing and NS handles the freight on this route.) That track fans out at 23rd St. into a handful of tracks, some of which run all the way south of 40th Street. This used to be an intermodal yard for UP via MoPac trackage rights over CB&Q. After UP built Global 4, UP uses it as storage for Global 1.
Now that we have established that the maps that show CSX shares ownership of these two yards are wrong, lets look at them in more detail. My pictures above and a satellite image shows that they use the space from 23rd to 26th Streets for container and empty trailer storage. The part between 26th and 29th Streets contains the loading platforms.
Even though they opened Global One in 1984, Bill Mallon commented "Believe it or not it's still running intermodal trains in and out of there. That yard has been shutting down since 1988. Lol. Still running, small but strong."
|Mark Hinsdale posted|
"From the Tower..."
Taken from the "steps," @ MH, westbound Amtrak Train #3, the "Southwest Chief," begins its trek to Southern California, as UP #1938 patiently waits for a signal to cross over the BNSF Chicago Subdivision and return to Global One at Wood Street.
Mark Hinsdale Canal Street still receives and launches two intermodal trains in & out most days. Bare tables typically go back and forth between there & Global One, and this UP crew is returning to Wood Street after doing just that a bit earlier.
|Mark Hinsdale posted|
A pair of Union Pacific road units head light toward the railroad's Canal Street Intermodal Facility in the day;s last sunlight.
Darren K Hill I used to work in and out of Canal Street,what's left,car storage?
Mark Hinsdale No, they still take in and launch a couple of daily stackers outta there.
|Andrew Urbanski posted|
Anyone know what this engine is?
A friend of mine shot this outside US Cellular Field.
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|Steven J Brown posted|
Southern Pacific run through on the Burlington Northern Racetrack at LaGrange, Illinois - November 25, 1991.
Dennis DeBruler Was SP headed to Canalport? That used to be C&WI's team tracks for all of its owners. So it should have been rather easy to change it to an intermodal yard.
|Xavier Quintana posted|
|Bill DeMar posted|
Grillin some burgers and watching some containers being unloaded at UP's Canal street yard today.
Dillon Harrison Didn't realize they were still doing lifts at Canal. Last time I was there, The place looked Mothballed.
Bill DeMar Not like it use to be , but still working out of the yard portion (29th street to Archer Ave) . This is a long stretch just south of that .
Jerry Hongoltz Mi-Jack overhead crane.
Colton Michael David Verzi Only empties getting grounded there.
|Kevin Piper posted|
Some of the best years in my life were those I spent in Chicago working at Canal Street. The job was just plain fun almost every day. I actually worked for Chicago Rail Link who provided contract switching for Union Pacific around the clock. A big reason the job I had at Canal Street was so good is the fact that there was no railroad supervision. We were our own bosses and knew our jobs very well. We knew exactly what UP needed every day, and worked hard to make things work smoothly. We also knew about all intermodal equipment capabilities, and were able to quickly respond to the varied needs on the loading tracks. We were innovative and effecient. I had a lot of pride in the operation.
We made up hot intermodal trains and handled inbounds. We had the CSNPZ, CSSEZ, and CSLAZ, as well as others. We made trains up with our own switch engines, and completed with UP road power after it arrived from Proviso with an outbound crew. Over the years, road power went from C&NW GP50's and SD40-2's to the latest UP widecab EMD and GE units, along with everything in between. Outbound crews alternated between C&NW long-distance road people and Chicago terminal men. I got to know almost all the outbound people who took trains from "Canalport" because they rode on the power as I put their trains together. CRL provided all support work prior to departure, including hanging of an end of train device (EOT) and the air test.
The C&NW folks were often colorful and interesting. For the most part, they were respectful and fun to be around, and many of us were on a first name basis. Mayno D. Smith, known simply as "M.D." was one of those people. M.D. was a C&NW terminal brakeman who always came to Canal Street with conductor "Kingfish" Turner, and engineer Jewell Daniel. There was never a dull moment when those three arrived, but M.D. stole the show. The first order of business was M.D. asking, "We got time foe a sammich?" The crew would then slide down a 15 foot embankment and climb under a fence to get food at nearby Maxwell Street Depot. M.D. always played the EOT's four-digit code for his Illinois daily "Pick Four" lottery ticket, and he actually won $10,000 twice using that method! So, the train's EOT code was always very important to him! While waiting, one of the brakeman's duties was to climb down from the engine and get the train's waybills from a UP supervisor when they arrived. M.D. was too lazy to climb down, and always made someone else in the cab do it. There was a very attractive UP clerk named Norma who worked in the Canal Street office. Old M.D. was infatuated with Norma and talked about her a lot. I often bullshitted smiling M.D. by telling him that Norma had been asking how he was, and wanted to say hello. One day I tricked M.D. into climbing down to get the bills by telling him Norma was bringing them over. M.D. quickly cleaned up his appearance and climbed down only to find UP ramp boss "Lenny" behind the wheel of a white Suburban with the waybills. Disgusted, M.D. climbed back in the cab, threw down a big yellow envelope, and said, "Sheeet, that ain't Nomma!" "Eat your sammich", I replied. Those guys were fun.
A 1998 photo showing C&NW painted locos with a piggyback train under the I-90 overpass.