Tuesday, October 18, 2016

C&NW Hubbard Street Yard

Wayne Hudak posted a 1978 shot from the Sears Tower
Wayne Hudak re-posted the above photo and added this one
Commuter trains coming and going out of Chicago's Union Station-1978, and 1984 as seen from the Sears Tower. (and don't correct me that it's now "Willis" Tower...not in my book).
Jon Roma Those trains are coming and going from North Western Station, not Union Station. Also, just as I will always know Sears Tower by that name, I will always know the C&NW terminus as "North Western Station" and not "Ogilvie Transportation Center".

You can see Clinton Street Tower in both images; the tower was closed around 2002 and has since been demolished.
I asked about the names of the yards with the north/south tracks and with the east/west tracks. Bob Lalich and Dave Daruszka added comments that provided resources that answered the question. The north/south tracks where the Kinzie St. Team Tracks. Part of the east/west tracks were the C&NW Hubbard Street Yard (see below). For the other part of the east/west tracks see Team Tracks near Kinzie and Jefferson.

A Chicago Switching page provided the name "Hubbard Street C&NW Yard." The following map shows it was along the south side of Kinzie Street. Note that Hubbard Street used to be named Austin Avenue. This yard fed the line east over the Kinzie (Wells) Street RR Bridge through Wells and State Street Yards to the Ogden Slip area and to Navy Pier. Supplying newspaper print rolls to the Sun Times Building was famously the last rail service on this branch.

Excerpt form 1915 Smoke Abatement Report, p. 328
CNWHS posted
We can see, just off the center of the photo on the right is the split of the C&NW's west line from the north and northwest lines. The big building there is now the happily smelly Blomers Chocolate building. Can you see the "little" switcher sitting at the bottom center of the photo? Is it a C&NW switcher?
John McElroy I think the picture must be dated some time in the early to mid 1960s. This is because the Ontario Connector is completed and in service (upper center) and it appears Sandburg Village is constructed (far upper left). However, there is no sign of the Hancock Building. There are cars on the Ontario Connector, and the Kennedy Expressway, with which it connected, opened in 1960. Sandburg Village was constructed during the 1960s. The Hancock Building was constructed between 1967-69.
Guins Pen My switcher guess would be "Milwaukee Road," because just out of the picture (center right) stood, well into the 80's, a structure with its ever rusting "Milwaukee Road Freight House" sign, well into the 80's.
David Daruszka The switcher is C&NW. If you zoom in you can see the logo on the side of the cab. The building above it is the C&NW freight house and commissary building. Now a moving storage facility for Pickens & Kane.
Bob Lalich Another clue to the date of the photo is the cut of CN boxcars. I believe they adopted the flowing CN logo around 1960.
[Note part of the Milwaukee bob-tail  bridge on the right center.]

Patrick McNamara commented on a posting
Canal and Kinzie Streets - 1980 - D. W. Davidson
[Just a couple years after the photo at the top, no cars are being parked in the yard. But a freight house still stands.]
Thomas Manz posted
C&NW scoot at Clinton tower (C William Brubaker)
Dennis DeBrulerYou and 1 other manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Chicago Railroad Historians. The cars in the foreground are in the C&NW Hubbard Street Yard.
Dennis DeBrulerYou and 1 other manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Chicago Railroad Historians. The tracks north of Kinzie were the C&NW Kinzie Street Team Tracks.

Marty Bernard has a photo that caught a tank car on the Kinzie Team Tracks and three box cars in Hubbard Yard. (posting)
Dennis DeBruler Clinton Street Tower is still standing.
The tank car is on a remnant of the C&NW Kinzie Street Team Tracks.
The three box cars are in C&NW Hubbard Street Yard.
Kevan Davis CV and CN boxcars probably newsprint rolls for the presses on the thrib and sun times. Anyone know where the Daily News had their press?
Dennis DeBruler Kevan Davis I concur that the boxcars are probably holding newsprint because the Navy Pier branch was still operating all the way to at least the Ogden Slip in the 1970s.

The Daily News was the afternoon newspaper affiliated with the Sun Times, so I assume they printed it. When I first came to the Chicago area [1973], I got the Trib's afternoon paper, Chicago Today. But then the Trib replaced it with something like Chicago Tribune 24 Hours. Then they quit delivering in the afternoon.

Chicago Tribune aerial photo that includes part of this yard

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