Two of the eight photos posted by Kevin Piper with the comment:
Walter Payton's Roundhouse was in a historic building converted to a restaurant in Aurora, Illinois. It was originally constructed in 1856 as a roundhouse for the old Chicago & Aurora Railroad (later the Burlington Route/ Burlington Northern), and served BN until 1974. It was abandoned and neglected until 1995 and almost demolished.
A group of investors, led by Chicago Bears football legend Walter Payton, purchased it and spent millions restoring and converting it to an entertainment complex, brewery, and restaurant. Though technically it still exists, it is no longer owned by Payton family interests. Two Brothers Brewing Company acquired the property in 2011. It is now known as the "Two Brothers Roundhouse."
The building is now the oldest existing limestone roundhouse in the United States, and once housed the official Walter Payton Museum.
|David Zachmeyer posted|
I have been watching for some time now. I have decided to post some pictures. Both of my grandfathers and my dad were with the CB&Q. One grandfather was electrician supervisor, one was an engineer, dad was an engineer and I was a conductor on the BN. I'll start with the first engine assembled in the new Aurora Shops.
|Redeker Rail Video & Photography posted|
Frank Smitty Schmidt created a Facebook Album with 11 photos selected from the HAER photo collection
Frank Smitty Schmidt Some of the first Pullman cars were built in the CB&Q Aurora shops. Pullman in Chicago wasn't built until 1880. From page 16 of the HAER, CB&Q shops in Aurora were building cars for George Pullman as early as 1866. First hotel car "City of New York" in 1866 and first American diner car "The Delmonico" in 1868.
A Flickr photo claims Galina, but it is really in Aurora. The background of the photo provides a glimpse of the backshops in the 1960s when they were still intact.
|John Smith posted|
A 1939 view of the CB&Q shops in downtown Aurora showing the OLD full circle Rh the largest full circle limestone RH in the world and the NEW RH that is where the current parking lot is.This complex also had some back shops. I took pictures of and in the old buildings in the 1970s. One room of the back shops had a dirt floor because that is where the heavy duty machines such as forging hammers were housed. Those machines would probably bust up concrete floors. Someday I need to look for those pictures again. There were other people taking pictures of a model in the old buildings, but they left fairly soon.
|Ernie Julian posted|
Aurora's roundhouse in a 1955 aerial photo, showing the original roundhouse building and railroad shops.
Rob Sterne Formally owned by Walter Payton. It is now Two Brothers Brewing Company.
Update: AbandonedRaillines dates this photo as 1930s. (source)
Raymond Storey posted
Joseph Francis Jaeger posted
Toad Brjkovich posted a brownish version
|Stephen Hammons commented on Joseph's post|
Joseph Miller posted two photos with the comment:
Constructed in 1856 to originally serve the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, The Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Roundhouse and Workshop was the first limestone roundhouse in America. This roundhouse by the end of its time had close to 40 Stalls. The roundhouse was never destroyed, and was in fact added to the National register of historical places. It was bought by Walter Payton, followed by Two Brothers Brewing. Both companies used the building as a museum, restaurant, and bar. You can still visit as of today, in Aurora Illinois, as it is open as the Two Brothers Artisanal Brewing Tao House and Restaurant. Really cool to check out, especially for rail fans!
|2, a duplicate of a photo that is already in these notes|
|David Daruszka resized an image posted by Dominic Battista with the comment: EOLA Round House Aurora IL Circa 1905. Today a great place for a Steak and a Beer. Two Brothers Brewery.|
Karl M Andrews To be correct, that was the Aurora roundhouse. Eola Yard had a small RH.
Kevin Mengoni also posted
|Steven J. Brown posted|
Dad's photo of the CB&Q roundhouse and coach yard in Aurora, Illinois. Taken from the window of a passing steam fan trip (4960?). Slide mount dated October 1965. Photo by Martin Brown.
|1939 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
|Kevin Mengoni posted|
Unkown Date, Round House CBQ Aurora IL. Now Current MetraStation and Two Brothers Restaurant.
|Jerry Hund posted|
I took this photo of the CB&Q roundhouse in Aurora in 1987 prior to its restoration.
Timothy Leppert When I started in 69, you would get your east facing E unit here, back up the Incline to the Aurora Depot and tie on to the commuter cars for the Eastbound pull trip. Always a good sunrise.
Jerry Hund Timothy Leppert, do you mean West facing?
Timothy Leppert Jerry Hund No. The Am & Pm commuter parades both ran pull. Upon arrival at the 14st Coach yard, E's were turned on the turntable first before being spotted on the pit.
Jerry Hund posted
CB&Q roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois. I took this photo in 1987.
Jerry Hund I read that it predates the Civil War. Is this true?
Jacob Fischer Yes, built in 1856
Joe Novak If what I heard years ago is true, it was one of few complete circle round houses.
Jerry Hund posted
Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad roundhouse Aurora, Illinois.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad roundhouse and shops, Aurora, Illinois, circa 1874-78.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad car shops, Aurora, Illinois, circa 1880-88.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad shops, Aurora, Illinois, 1898.
[Note the transfer table.]
Burlington Northern Railroad switcher passes the old Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad roundhouse and shops, Aurora, Illinois, after 1968.
Ray Speerly posted two photos with the comment: "You can see both roadhouses in these photos and part of the shops in Aurora, Ill. The building in the upper middle of the photo is the old Supt. office and where the doctor was. The shops, for the most part, looked like this till into the '70s."
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|Philip W. Lancaste posted|
CB&Q Roundhouse. Aroura, IL.
James Myers Spend many days wandering thru with my dad.
That crappy looking white building with the ladder was the office.
David N Lammers The tall building in the background is Leland towers. I used to live there in early 70's. 13th floor
Joseph Clayton posted 14 photos with the comment: "Chicago Burlington & Quincy Roundhouse in Aurora, IL. The wheel bay shop closed in 1974. BN was in the midst of tearing it down in the late 70’s. But the city had a vision that took decades to accomplish. It is a great place to visit at the end of the Metra line."