Saturday, February 13, 2021

Abandoned Octagon Grain Elevator Headhouse in Harvey, IL

Dennis DeBruler posted two images with the comment:
The first image is a 3D Satellite view of a former headhouse for a grain elevator in Harvey, IL. The second image is from a 1938 aerial photo that shows it used to have ten bins. The railyard is along a GTW route that is now owned by CSX because they bought it from CN. The tracks along the left side of that image were for the IC, and they are now owned by CN.

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3D Satellite

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1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

Dennis DeBruler commented on a post
It was the headhouse for the grain elevator. They did tear down the bins that were still standing in this 1938 aerial photo. Grain elevators and coaling towers are examples that concrete, if done correctly, can last a long time.

I learned of this elevator from the following post.
Jacob Diorio posted
CSX 4307 heads west under the IC at Harvey with Y126, about to get on the Chicago Heights Sub at CJ. 4307 is a rare bird, being an ex-RDG GP39-2. 2/11/21
The cars on this train were supposed to go to LB Steel in Harvey and Quality Metals in Dixmoor but all the switches were completely snowed over.
What was the octagon tower in the background?
Jacob Diorio: Dennis DeBruler used to be a grain elevator served by the IC. Not too much is known about it but nowadays it’s nicknamed the “Hobo Castle”

John Diorio sent me two more photos:
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Jacob Diorio posted
CN Z149 goes west up the north wye at West CN Junction in Harvey, as viewed from about halfway up the IC embankment. The star of the show was the CN 8952 in Burdakin Blue right as the sun was setting. 3/4/21
Bill LePinske: I worked on the GT in late 70’s and the city of Harvey had plans to demolish this cement tower and after they gave it a half dozen hits with a wrecking ball they packed up their equipment and said the hell with it ? They never even phased it ?

Dennis DeBruler  commented on Jacob's post
It was the headhouse for the grain elevator. They did tear down the bins that were still standing in this 1938 aerial photo. Grain elevators and coaling towers are examples that concrete, if done correctly, can last a long time.
Bill LePinske: Dennis DeBruler I remember hearing that the walls where 12” thick reinforced poured concrete ? In the early 70’s the hobos had a camp in a shack at the base of this silo ? Saw them travel in families of 4 I worked in the GT Harvey yard office and would let them come in go downstairs in the basement and wash up under a hose, a few times I brought them I believe McDonalds food or from someplace around the yard office ? That was a part of railroad history that I think is pretty much gone today ?

Chuck Roth posted
Here is a shot of a GT yard shed in Harvey along the Elsdon sub with the iconic castle elevator in the background.
Adam Powell: I've always wondered what that was.

Dennis DeBruler commented on Adam's comment
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