|C&NW 1940s Video|
Months ago when I was studying CN&W's Wood, B&OCT's Robey, and CB&Q's Western Yards, I wondered what the concrete lined tracks were for. Now I know that it was the "potato yard."
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|David Daruszka uploaded, p22|
|Mike Breski posted|
File: Chicago and North Western Wood Street (Chicago) yard potatoes 1959
Author: Chicago And North Western Railway
Description: Photo of the North Western Railway's Wood Street freight facility, which was once known as the "potato yard". Potatoes came to this yard from all points in the United States to be bought, sold or traded by dealers and brokers. While it was called the "potato yard", other vegetables were also bought and traded there. The box cars shown in the photo primarily contain potatoes.
Date: 3 January 1959
Source: eBay item
The photo has no copyright markings on it as can be seen in the links above.
Dennis DeBruler All that white pavement makes it show up real well in an old aerial photo. So we are looking norhteastish from the lower-left corner of Global 1.
|Jeff Davies posted|
This photo shows the C&NWs "Wood Street yard' located on the near west side of Chicago. Cars were sorted here to be delivered to the myriad of factories which once could be found on the city's west side. See the next photo for the big change that took place on this site at the end of World War One. Factories were leaving the area while the shipment of potatoes into Chicago was becoming important traffic for the railroad.
Photo courtesy of The Chicago and Northwestern Historical Society.
Mike Belson Wood Street was the winter produce yard, in the Spring it moved to the Ashland Avenue track where Judd and I worked summers.
Steve J. Pellegrino I worked on that railroad for 3 months a long time ago.I believe it was in that same yard. They asked me to ride the brake on a vegetable car which they were going to kick back into the yard. One problem, the brake was not holding fast enough and me and the car slammed into the cars in the yard. Luckily I held on tight enough and had only minor bruises and scrapes but still on board.
|Glen Miller posted|
The Wood Street "potato yard" in 1959 with boxcars filled with potatoes
|Chicago & North Western Historical Society posted|
We are back in Chicago once again overlooking the C&NW's noted "Potato yard" in 1963 in this C&NW company publicity photo. It still looks busy in that year.
In 1915, this area was a regular railroad yard. Evidently C&NW rebuilt it as the potato yard after they moved their freight operations to Proviso Yard.
|1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p342|
[B&OCT's Lincoln Yard between Pulaski and Wood is missing because that was a passenger coach yard and it did not create smoke.]
|Nathan Mackey posted|
Last day at Global 1 before getting shutdown. 01/31/21
[Some comments discuss the reuse of this land. Cleaning up the land is the issue.]
Dennis DeBruler: My money is on a Home Depot. I see there is already a Costco just to the east. Big Boxes allows them to cap the pollution with buildings and parking lots. I've seen this evolution of land use in other areas of heavy industry in Chicago. After all, those condo owners need someplace to shop.
|Marty Bernard posted|
Pennsylvania RR 8715 and Cabin Car 477788 at Wood St., Chicago, IL on June 11, 1966. 8715 was a Fairbanks-Morse H12-44.
John Lohr: Good ol Pennsy.
Frank Ferrara: John Lohr Agree.... When it comes to 1st generation diesels they tried everything! As a train lover, I salute the Pennsy!
Marty Bernard shared
Russell Corcoran: YES WORKED THERE IN THE 80'S it was a very busy yard cnw had 3 jobs no make that 4 2 days jobs 1 pm and 1 vmidnight job which i worked !1 as a conductor !!!
Another posting by Glen Miller just repeats what I said at the top.
This 1956 Santa Fe video describes how the potatoes are shipped from California.
This yard became part of the C&NW Global One Intermodal Terminal in 1984.
Bob Lalich Flickr 1981 Photo
22 photos of the C&NW Potato Yard and the UP/C&NW Global One Yard.
Ya, the concrete was there because trucks would drive right up to the spud cars and transfer produce right into the trucks. It was just a glorified team track, truth be told. There were more potato brokers at Wood St. than you could shake a stick at! I remember in the old yard office/admin. bldg. in the west end of bldg. there was a chalk board with the track numbers painted on the board. When CNW built the new building in 1950s the brokers moved into the a fresh, clean space with little cubicle offices where they conducted business. Eventually that business dried up for what ever reason. Not sure why. Probably trucks became the dominant form of transport for produce. There was a Chicago Produce Terminal - I think it was on the Santa Fe but not sure - and we would occasionally deliver reefers there. Pull over Ash Street with a few reefers then back down into the CPT as it was known..different from the Chicago Passenger Terminal on the CNW.ReplyDelete
My notes on the Chicago Produce Terminal: https://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/2015/08/chicago-produce-terminal.htmlDelete
Illinois Central's west line also directly served it. A lot of bananas used to be sold there.
Santa Fe also had a "Grape Yard" next to their passenger yard: https://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/2015/03/santa-fes-chicago-passenger-train-yard.html
Chicago Produce Terminal was jointly owned/switched by ATSF and IC. It is now all part of intermodal yard along Stevenson expressway that was once IC but I believe is now UP.ReplyDelete
WELL IN THE 80'S WORKED AS CONDUCTOR FOR 'CNW' AT GLOBAL1 WHERE WEPUT VARIOUS STACKS TOGETHER AND ON ACCASION TOOK PARTS OF THEM TO PROVISI USUALL AT COUNTY LINE RD WHER WE YARDED TRAIN THEN RAN AROUND TRAIN TO TAKE MORE STACKS TO GLOBAL 1 SO YES VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS OPERATION -- CONFUSED WHY UP SHUT THAT OPERATION DOWN ?? IS THERE ANY ACTIVITY GOING ON THER AT THIS TIME ?? THANKSReplyDelete