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I took these photos today that show the tank cars stored by Chicago Terminal on both sides of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/39092860@N06/36526549005/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/39092860@N06/36389146661/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/39092860@N06/36389147891/in/dateposted-public/

Not sure if Chicago Terminal is storing them for revenue or to assert its rights to the land in future negotiations with developer Sterling Bay which has bought up the adjacent properties.  Sterling Bay will no doubt want its properties to connect to each other without railroad tracks in the middle.
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General Discussion / CSX Lays off Half of Operating Staff at Chicago Area Barr Yard
« Last post by TBurke on August 11, 2017, 11:09:28 PM »
It didn't take Hunter Harrison long to start decimating CSX much like the carnage that took place under his axe at IC, CN, and CP. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-csx-layoffs-chicago-barr-switching-yard-0810-biz-20170809-story.html

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Last Thursday (Aug 3), I saw a handful of cars on the Elston bridge, and at least 9 tank cars stretching from Lakin & Sons (1345 W Cortland) westwards towards the swing bridge.  Cars on Cortland hadn't moved 96hrs later, but I don't know about the Elston cars. I have a picture, but it doesn't "conform" to this site's 500KB limit.

Can you post them on Flickr then put the links here?  Or email them to webmaster Tom Mann to post on the site as fresh content.
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General Discussion / Re: Lots of Tank Cars parallel to Cortland, on either side of river.
« Last post by GM on August 09, 2017, 03:34:52 PM »
THey seem to be storing unused tank cars to get revenue. I've seen the storage up by their industrial trackage they service out by O'Hare off of York Rd.
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General Discussion / Lots of Tank Cars parallel to Cortland, on either side of river.
« Last post by beto on August 08, 2017, 09:08:53 PM »
Last Thursday (Aug 3), I saw a handful of cars on the Elston bridge, and at least 9 tank cars stretching from Lakin & Sons (1345 W Cortland) westwards towards the swing bridge.  Cars on Cortland hadn't moved 96hrs later, but I don't know about the Elston cars. I have a picture, but it doesn't "conform" to this site's 500KB limit.
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General Discussion / Last Rail-Served Customer Sipi Metals Sells Land to Developer
« Last post by TBurke on August 08, 2017, 07:21:51 AM »
An article in Crain's Chicago Business talks about developer Sterling Bay acquiring riverfront properties on Chicago's North Side including the former Finkl Steel site and now Sipi Metals.  Get your pictures while you can of gondolas on Sipi's spur.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170801/CRED03/170809988/sterling-bay-cuts-105-million-deal-with-city-for-riverside-parcel

The article is focused on the purchase of the City of Chicago facility where Wabansia dead ends at Throop.  This building used to be part of the huge Proctor & Gamble plant which closed around 1990.  You can see in the aerial photo that accompanies the article the two large doors facing Wabansia where the Milwaukee Road once switched boxcars in and out for outbound shipments I believe of soap.  This traffic later shifted to trucks but P&G continued to receive rail service from the C&NW with inbound loads of raw materials on tank cars from the south along Magnolia until it closed.  A Home Depot now sits on that part of the old P&G site.

Prior to P&G being on that site, it was the home of an Illinois Steel (part of US Steel) plant and serviced by an isloated EJ&E operation.  The EJ&E (owned by USS) interchanged with both the Milwaukee Road and the C&NW at the Rolling Mill Yard which was between Sipi Metals and the Kennedy Expressway today.

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General Discussion / Re: Chicago Terminal Locomotive Missing from North Avenue Yard
« Last post by Jsu on July 01, 2017, 08:13:27 PM »
In an earlier thread "The Chicago Terminal Shrinking" I said that I found the SW8 behind the Lakin building that is on the South Side of of Cortland.  This was almost a month ago and I'm not sure if it is still there.
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General Discussion / Chicago Terminal Locomotive Missing from North Avenue Yard
« Last post by TBurke on July 01, 2017, 04:57:45 PM »
I noticed Tuesday that the Chicago Terminal switcher was no longer in the North Avenue Yard.  The rails leading from the yard to the connection to the Bloomingdale Line looked like they had been used recently but the bridge over the river was open.  Does anyone know if the crew was doing some switching east of the river that day?  The tracks looked very weedy on the Bloomingdale line as viewed from the Metra tracks. 
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General Discussion / Re: Freedom Train and IC yards
« Last post by TBurke on July 01, 2017, 04:55:31 PM »
Good catch.  That must have been the longest train ever on the C&NW Navy Pier line. 

I recall seeing a tank car on the IC tracks in the late 1980s near Randolph toward Columbus, before the area was covered over in parks.  Most of the freight tracks had been ripped out by then.
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General Discussion / Freedom Train and IC yards
« Last post by themats on July 01, 2017, 09:40:03 AM »
Things look a little bit different today.  Interesting to see that the IC was still using rails out at the extreme eastern end.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/irvinle1/35599456206/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/irvinle1/35470592212/in/photostream/

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