Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tower A-5/Pacific Junction: Metra/Milw vs. Aban/Milw/C&P and Lincoln Logs

(CRJ; Satellite)
NorthAmericanInterlockings:   2004   1983   control panel
Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers (click the marker for the correct information)

Dave Durham posted
CM&St.P, Pacific Junction, 1899.


Steven J Brown posted
Amtrak Empire Builder #7 at Tower A5/Pacific Junction (where the Milwaukee Road North and West lines split) in Chicago, Illinois - June 15, 2002.

Steven J Brown posted
\Metra NRHS Convention special arrived from Fox Lake on the Milwaukee North Line, cleared the junction, changed ends and is now heading down the West Line for Antioch. Tower A5/Pacific Junction in Chicago, Illinois - August 28, 2021.

Robert Jordan posted
December 1971, at Tower A-5 near NW side of Chicago.
Guess most are familiar with A-5 but JIC , train is coming down mainline from Glenview and Milwaukee toward western Ave and Union Station. Line to photo left goes to Galewood and Bensenville. Track to right goes east crossing C & NW at CY, North Branch of Chicago River to Division Street Yard. Guessing on Empire builder, would be almost dark for NCH.
At this time there still was business at Division Street with a transfers from Bensenville which I caught at night once and yard jobs at Division Street which I was lucky to catch one pleasant afternoon.
""We don't take a lunch. We don't slow down much to pick you up like Bensenville(Head Breakman) and we have several drops to make, do you know how that goes, make sure you get the pin." Was home well before dark.

Lance Wales posted
Tower A5 was still open in August of 2012 as a MD North train wizzes by during a Sunday afternoon.

Birds Eye View
It is interesting that this tower is still left because the Blomington Line to the east, and thus the diamond, has been abandoned long enough to turn it into the 606 Trail. And why do they still have the turnouts to the East?

The east/west line was originally the Chicago and Pacific. It was acquired by Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul in 1870s according to a comment by Bob Lalich that I have seen in another Facebook posting. That comment also indicated that C&P had the Chicago & Evanston route.
David Schultz commented on his posting
This is Tower A5 CTC panel.

David Schultz commented on his posting

Eric Berg posted
Tower A5 interior in 1971. Photographer unknown. Maybe someone remembers this guy....
Bob Lalich I believe the photographer is Larry Sallee.

William Smiljanich posted
Iconic smokestack of the Springfield Avenue Pumping Station at Springfield Ave and Bloomingdale Ave to be taken down to reduce the station's carbon footprint. This is all part of a multimillion update and renovation of the pumping station. Good news is that when they are done, they city will renovate and expand Beilfuss Park, next door.
William Smiljanich Just west of the 606 trailhead.
[The photo was taken west of this signalling bridge looking East.]
Val Gintter commented on William's post
Here's a shot I took in 1950 in the opposite direction from Lawndale Avenue. I took it with a Kodak Baby Brownie Special (designed by Walter Teague). Note the commuter train about to turn south onto the main line.

Steven J. Brown posted
Metra SW1500 6 (built 1968 as Inland Steel 120) setting out a hopper at Pacific Junction/Tower A5 in Chicago, Illinois - June 16, 2002.
Marshall Beecher I should check the timebooks..coulda been me working the tower.
Fred Mohr Now is sitting at the Rocket House OOS with a B/O motor along with the 8.
Don't know if they will be traded in on NIRC 12 and 13.

Steven J. Brown shared
Rick La Fever What would METRA be doing with a hopper car?
Jeff Lackman ballast
Rod Truszkowski They have work trains for track maintenance.

Rick La Fever posted
Thomas Nall
Milwaukee. Here is John Smatlak’s flickr account showing some action in the ‘80s
Thomas Mackowiak
It was a Milwaukee Road junction. It was called Pacific Junction. The 606 was the Milwaukee Road's Bloomingdale Branch. It paralleled Bloomimgdale Avenue. The line crossed the Chicago & North Western Railroad and joined the Milwaukee Road's Kingsbury Branch.
Andre Kristopans
Many, many years ago it was the main line of the Chicago & Pacific RR - MILW predecessor to the west. After west line trains were rerouted via A2 (1870s?) it became the main connection to the C&E and Goose Island. After the bridge north of Kinzie was abandoned, became ONLY connection. This line did have passenger service until sometime in 1920s, there were stations after elevation at least at California and at Milwaukee Av., maybe more.
Alan Follett
Pacific Junction was the intersection of two originally separate railroads. The north-south line was the Chicago-Milwaukee main of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, opened in 1872. The east-west line was built by the Chicago & Pacific in 1873; this company was absorbed by the CM&StP in 1879 and eventually extended to Omaha. It originally had its own entrance to downtown Chicago, using the trackage along Kingsbury Street. After merger into the CM&StP through trains on the west line were rerouted over the Milwaukee main, with the line east of Pacific Junction relegated to secondary status.
Dave Gudewicz
For those interested, here's an article on the Bloomingdale Line whose story begins in 1857.

Paul Musselman posted three photos with the comment: "Western end of Bloomingdale line...A5 tower....Pacific Junction..."

Looking east along Bloomingdale Line...
Jeff Grunewald: The building with the dust collector was where Lincoln Logs were made.


I got an old photo to look for the Lincoln Logs factory.
1938 via ILHAP

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