Thursday, June 16, 2016

NKP's Passenger Line

1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
(Update: the CREATE P4, Grand Crossing, Project includes putting a connector back between the CN/IC and NS/Pennsy tracks.)

Nickel Plate's freight trains terminated in Calumet Yard or interchanged with other railroads along 95th Street. But their passenger trains continued north until they met the IC tracks, and then they paralleled the IC along the east side. I put a red line along NKP's freight facilities and a blue line along their passenger facilities, but at this resolution you can barely see the maximum sized line. The segment just north of 95th Street is now an industrial spur. You can see a tree-line where it continued north from that spur.

The industrial area north of Pullman Junction used to be NKP's Stony Island Shops and Passenger Yard.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
It then crossed the IC tracks with a bridge that still exists.


129  Nickel Plate overhead.

It then went north and under the PRR and NYC mainlines and then curved west and joined the NYC for access to Englewood and La Salle Stations.

Facebooked as a comment in Ed's posting.

Update: Nickel Plate is an nickname for the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad. Note the preparation for the NKP line to the left of the middle of this photo.

From Player With Railroads
Bill Edrington commented on a posting:
John Rehor's "The Nickel Plate Story" (Kalmbach, 1965) contains a good overview of NKP passenger stations in Chicago, starting with the IC's lakefront station at 14th Street; then the move to the joint LS&MS-RI Van Buren Street Union Station once NKP came under Vanderbilt (NYC/LS&MS) control; NKP's own station at 12th and La Salle Streets in the mid-1890s; back to Van Buren Street; then to Grand Central Station 1901-03 while the new La Salle Street Station was being built on the site of Van Buren Street; then, from 1903 on, La Salle Street Station.

Dennis DeBruler commented on a post concerning the bridge across the IC tracks.
That bridge was part of the NKP connection to the NYC after the NYC+Pennsy elevated their tracks.
You can still see where they went under the NYC+Pennsy.
What amazes me is that the overpasses for the NKP for 75th Street
Greenwood Ave.
and 73rd Street
still exist.

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