Saturday, June 9, 2018

Cargill/American Maize Products/Amaizo and Unilever

We have already seen with an Ingredion/Corn Products plant that processing corn is big business. This photo shows us that it has been a big business for over a century.

Carole Brozovich posted
An aerial view of "Amaizo" showing Wolf Lake still connected to Lake Michigan.
There are many other interesting things you can note in this photo, circa 1926. The old "Roby Racetrack", the Town of Roby, "Boardwalk Park", the “Fish Houses”, & the old “Forsythe Race Track”. Lever Bros. is not in this picture because it wasn’t built until 1930.

The plant has obviously been rebuilt, probably more than once.
3D Satellite
And because of the stigma associated with corn syrup, Cargill also avoids a reference to corn in its name by using the name "Texturizing Solutions."

The railroad that runs along the west side of the plant then and now is a branch of the IHB that connects to NS/Pennsy just east of Colehour Yard. This plant was so important to the IHB, that they built across Wolf Lake to reach their Burnham Yard even though this is the only plant served by this branch.

It was rebuilt after 1938.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
Anthony D Diaz commented on Carole's posting
Kris Rumbut posted
RSSX 1503 (ex GTW SW1200) crosses Indianapolis Boulevard with the help of veteran US&S crossing signals. This unit along with a GP9 serve Unilever and Cargill.
Hammond, IN 12/15/18.
[Street View   Satellite    It would be crossing Indianapolis only for the Cargil plant, which is south of the street. Unilever is north of the street.]
Aaron Grace They gotta add gates to that crossing. Too many accidents there.Kris Rumbut The signals do not meet regulations. It controlled by a flagman. If they don't stop for a human standing in a road with a stop sign, I doubt they'd stop for a flemsy aluminum gate.Kris Rumbut Hammond has already threatened to pave over it. It was in horrible condition last year. I think the IHB redid it.
[The comments provide photos of the SP GP9 and the GT switcher before they were repainted yellow.]
Carlos Ferran posted five photos with the comment:
Before leaving the Chicago area for home, I swung by Whiting to see what was running. Cargill's switcher, RSSX 1503, made some moves at Unilever, across the highway from Cargill's main plant. They eventually collected some tank cars, and shoved into the main plant before calling it a day. Taken January 6, 2019 around the 1300 hour.
Question: Does anyone know what type of horn is mounted on 1503? Thanks.





Matt Ignowski It's a Buell single chime horn
Screenshot @ -1:10
Marty Gatton:
RSSX 3432 shoves a cut of tank cars coming from Unilever to storage adjacent to the Cargill facility near 112th and Indianapolis Boulevard
Thursday February 21 around 3pm.. [2019]
[The comments contain additional photos of this and their other loco.]

Marty Gatton Screenshot
RSSX 4548 shoves a cut of tank cars from Unilever southbound across Indianapolis Boulevard (US 41/12/20) at 112th street.
12:45 pm Sunday January 12.
Crew reports that this switcher is a nice piece of equipment.
Brandon Holliday Served by Railserve. A contract switcher that also switches Corn Products International in Bedford Park, ADM in Decatur and locations across the US.

Ron Hull Back in my railroading days these were Pennsy jobs referred to as “the soap, the Maize and the cornstarch.” Never worked any of them though.
Douglas Drexel Mitchell Ron Hull my dad used to work them out of colehour I believe.
Ron Hull Douglas Drexel Mitchell They were filled out of the 59th street (Pennsy panhandle) yard office, but were indeed worked from Colehour.

Eric Richeke
[The comments include photos of other RSSX switchers.]

George M Stupar posted
Grab shot from May 1977 at Hammond Indiana on the north side of the Lever Brothers Plant.

Marty Gatton posted three photos with the comment: "IHB 1511 sits in the Cargill (American Maize) yard…Unsure if it’s working the yard or waiting to head toward Colehour…2:45 Sunday February 20, 2022"



I was going to pass up a railfan photo until I noticed the All sign in the left background.
Marty Bernard posted
PRR SW9s 8514 and 8521 at Hammond, IN on December 26, 1963.

John David commented on Marty's post
Had to search that cool "All" plant in the background ... looks like this is the building ...

Because the Sep 2020 version of Google's blogging software has a severe performance problem with large posts, the information about the Falstaff Malt Plant has been moved to here.

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