Thursday, August 18, 2016

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

(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.

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

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.

Video of Soo 1003 at A5.

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