Friday, March 25, 2016

Harrison Street Tower: Controlled the South Tracks of the Chicago Union Station

(Chuck Zeller Flickr photoSatellite, the tower still exists under the New Post Office)
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One of four photos posted by Don Wetmore
Pulling the Broadway Ltd back to the coach yards after arrival at Chicago Union Station, May 9, 1980
Photos by Don Wetmore
Don Wetmore
Dennis DeBruler: A nice view of Harrison Street Tower and Pennsy positional signals. The new post office was built over the tower.

Steve Lewsandowski posted
July 72' Union Station
Bob Lalich This is a view looking south from the end of the platforms. In the early 80s it was possible to hang out there, at least at certain times of the day. I did on several occasions after seeing my wife off on one of the ex-GM&O route trains.

Mark Llanuza Flickr photo
This ATSF passenger extra with classic FP-45's is heading to Joliet is passing the old Harrison st tower which has been closed for over 10 years. The Chicago post office sits on top of it.

Lance Wales posted
Lance's comment:
Here's the same BN 9925 shoving a 3 car Dinky toward Chicago Union Station on 8-20-1981. The Milwaukee Road #600 with business car "Mount Rainier" enroute to the Amtrak yard just south of my vantage point of Polk Street.
Lance sees engines and cars, I see the Harrison Street Tower in front of the old post office.  This tower used to control all of the track south of Union Station to Roosevelt Avenue. The new post office was built around and over the tower so that its operations were not disturbed. Since then, control has been transferred to the Amtrak Lake Street Tower. Look at the second photo in position-light to see how it was built on a pedestal to fit in the dense trackwork. The second and third pictures show some of the double-slip switches in the complex throat rail for CUS controlled by this tower. Tumblr has some more pictures.


Brian Watt posted
-- Brian Watt, photographer May 1977

David Daruszka posted
The Broadway Limited departs Chicago's Union Station in 1961. Richard H. Solomon, photographer.
Dennis DeBrulerGroup Admin Pennsy (right) and CB&Q (left) Freight Warehouses, the old post office in the left background, and Harrison Tower at the lower-right corner of the post office. But I don't know what the skinny skyscraper is in the middle of the background. That is probably the Chicago & Alton Freight House to the east of the old post office. It still stands. But I read a developer of the old post office wants to tear it down. I lost track of whether or not it is the current developer.
[The skyscraper in the background is part of the Civic Opera House. Credit goes to David Daruszka for identifying this building.]

John David Larson posted
In the year 1991, I moved to suburban Chicago and this is from the first roll of film I shot after rolling into the city. Of course, the E units were at the top of my list to seek out. What a thrill to watch them emerge from Union Station as seen here.

Don Wetmore posted
BN 9912 leads a commuter train out of Chicago Union Station on April 15, 1985
Photo by Don Wetmore

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Dennis DeBruler The caption on the link identifies Harrison Street Tower. The building on the left was the CB&Q freight house and the building in the upper-right corner was a GM&O freight house.
Richard Mead:

John David posted
From 1991 to 2001 my home was suburban Chicago and it was good luck as far as my timing for moving there as it was about a year before the classic old Burlington E Units were phased out.
This scene is from the first roll of film I shot after moving in August of 1991. This was the only time I took photos at this location. After the E Units were gone, I had little motivation to visit here. Instead, when I had time to chase trains, I favored the freight lines. Especially at La Grange, Joliet, Blue Island and Hayford Crossing.
Matt McClure: The Taylor Street Bridge is long gone with the new post office building expansion over 20 years ago. It was quieter and less exposed than being on Roosevelt Road.

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