|Ted Ellis 1964 Photo from Facebook|
You can see the end of the Dearborn Station platforms on the left side of the photo. But what also caught my eye was the possibility of a freight house in the background. You can clearly see the two story part that is the office for the people needed to keep track of the less-than-carload-lots (LCL) freight before computers were invented. You can also see the roof and glimpses of the wall of the one-story part were the freight was sorted.
|Donald Haskel 1965 Photo from Facebook|
Each boxcar would be to a different destination in a manner similar to what UPS does today with piggy back trailers.
All of this railroad infrastructure has been replaced by housing, shopping, dining, and (fortunately) a couple of parks.
|Bill Molony posted|
Erie Lackawanna Railroad EMD E8A #823 and its mate are shown here in May of 1965 easing into Dearborn Station, ready to couple on to EL train #2, the Phoebe Snow.
The 823 was one of 14 E8A passenger locomotives built for the Erie Railroad in the first three months of 1951.
In the background to the right can be seen an Erie Lackawanna steel caboose coupled to two Pennsylvania Railroad express cars.
Phil Hosier 823 and sister units were always a please to run. When 4 of them were hooked together, no freight train was ever too heavy not to maintain speed.The last freight train that came into Huntington, IN. on the old Erie RR was pulled by an E-8 and I had the pleasure of bringing it home along with Pod Millner. We went onto Conrail, but it never had the sense of family like the Erie had.
|Dennis DeBruler commented on Bill's posting|
The Grand Trunk Western outbound freight house is in the middle of the photo.
|Robert Daley posted|
Grand Trunk Western freight house near Dearborn Station, July 1970. As I recall this was located between State and Dearborn at about Taylor St.
|Bill Molony shared|
Railroad Images of Bygone Days post
Dearborn St. station 1967 Chicago, GTW. John Fostick photographer.
Mitch Markovitz Those GT Geeps were indeed fast.
|Dennis DeBruler commented on Bill's share|
The two story office-building part of the outbound freight house for GTW is easy to see. We can see just the roof of the freight handling part that is south of the office.
|Bill Molony posted|
An A-A-B-B set of Santa Fe F-units, departing from Dearborn Station in Chicago with a westbound passenger train, most likely #17, on January 16, 1971.
Dennis DeBruler Looking at a map, in the first photo the two-story building just to the right of the train shed was the Mail Building. The two-story building to the right of it was the office part of the GTW Outbound Freight House. We can see the one-story GTW freight handling part of their freight house through the canopy of a platform that is on this side of Plymouth Court. The map is an excerpt from C&EI1964ChicagoDearborn-300lg.pdf in the Files section.
[I shared it with a Santa Fe group.]