Monday, March 28, 2016

Milw's Tower B-12: (Metra+CP)/Milw vs. IHB (Franklin Park Junction) + CN/Wisconsin Central

(CRJSatellite) Since the tower was closed on July 19, 1996, it was moved on November 11, 1997 to help create a railfan park.

Marty Bernard posted
Caboose 75 at Tower B-12. A Roger Puta photo.

Bird's Eye View
Bing's aerial view is similar to Google's view linked above and shows the new track alignment. But, fortunately, the Bird's Eye View still has old images and shows the old alignment. It does show the new alignment as almost done.
Bird's Eye View
20160328 1922
After checking out the railfan park, I went over to checkout what you could see from the park in the southeast quadrant. It started sprinkling when I left the railfan park, and I see now that a drop got on my lens. By the end of my stay, I was glad I was standing under that pavilion.

I included the playground equipment because I had never seen this design before. I see they don't have slides anymore. When I took my kids to the main playground in Downers Grove, they had multiple slides, the biggest of which was probably 12-14 feet high. Even I thought twice about going on that slide. I noticed the tall slides did not last long. It is interesting how playground equipment has become lower and has less movement as cities become more worried about liability. When is the last time you have seen a merry-go-round or teeter-totter? I've seen kids get off a merry-go-round and puke. My own daughter got a concussion with a teeter-totter.
Same spot as the first picture but turning to the northwest so that you can see the northeast quadrant connector. Also note the chain link fence is now about 8 feet tall. Note below in Jerry's photo that he was not only inside the fence, out could easily shoot over it.
A view of the junction from the west side of the pavilion. Between the trees and the fence, I decided I'd never railfan here so I didn't get out in the rain to take any more pictures. I tucked the camera under my coat and went back to the car. Besides, CN/Wisconsin Central would seldom run freights through here because CN bought EJ&E. And any IHB trains on the southern spoke turn west and pass the railpark. Furthermore, all of the CP/Milw traffic also goes past the railpark.

Jerry Jackson posted
Coming off the north end of the IHB, a pair of their venerable SW1500's pull through Franklin Park, headed for Bensenville Yard. 1990
Fred Van Dorpe commented on the above posting
Here's a similar shot I took on 8/7/14.
Anthony Caciopo posted three images with the comment:
Tower B12! Last week I posted an old newspaper clipping of mine of my visit in 1992 inside Barrington Tower when I was a staff photographer with Pioneer Press newspapers in suburban Chicago. This week, here's coverage of Tower B12 taken in 1993 by my former boss and colleague, Jon Langham. To see these images large enough to read the text, click on them and then at the bottom select Options, then Enter Full Screen. (And once again, please know that the photographer typically does not write the full captions).
William F Kane posted
Jeff Lewis That's tower B-12 on what used to be the Milwaukee Road. It's been moved about a ¼ mile further west and preserved. BTW, this is the new Soo (now CP) crossing the old Soo (now CN.).
Jerry Jackson posted two photos with the comment: "Speaking of the old IHB-MILW connector... Franklin Park 1990. It's always nice to get an Alco (C-630) with your CP/SOO EMD's."


Update: I can change the label from junction to towerJunction because Jerry caught the tower in this photo.
Jerry Jackson posted
SOO LINE GP9 4227 passes the tower at the WC crossing in Franklin Park, IL 1987.
Jerry Jackson posted again
Calling, "B12!" Franklin Park, IL 1990 IIRC.
Jerry Hund posted
Here's the B12 tower in Franklin Park, IL. For years it served the intersection of the Milwaukee Rd. and the Soo Line railroads. Just a short distance away was the IHB. I worked a short distance to its Northeast for almost two decades. Several years ago it was shut down, but happily moved about a half mile West to serve its new life as a museum.

Three photos from an eBay listing with a minimum bid of $500. Comments on the source post identified it as the model board that was in B-12.
[This reminded my that junction was the northern terminus of IHB.]



safe_image for B12 Diamond Replacement Video

Before 2007, the IHB had a bunch of grade crossings in Franklin Park. Note the dotted lines on this map.
1997 River Forest Quad @ 1:24,000

Then IHB curved east and joined CN/SOO/Wisconsin Central.

Aaron Grace posted five photos with the comment: "Some pictures of Franklin Park I took prior to the CN-IHB reconfiguration and Grand Avenue underpass project that was completed in 2007."





Steven J. Brown posted
Canadian Pacific AC44CW 8026 (built 1995) crosses the CN/WC at (Tower) B12 in Franklin Park, Illinois - June 17, 2022.

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