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General Discussion / Chicago Terminal Bridge design
« Last post by cnwnorthline on January 16, 2018, 11:08:56 PM »
One more for the day...

https://archpaper.com/2016/11/chicago-river-trail-action-plan/

Looks like the bridge will be preserved.

-Matt
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General Discussion / Re: Morton Salt and Chicago Tribune updates
« Last post by cnwnorthline on January 16, 2018, 04:50:42 PM »
Also... looks like there will be a new road by/in place of UP tracks to Blommer:

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/9/18/16329148/700-river-district-tribune-development-update
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General Discussion / Morton Salt and Chicago Tribune updates
« Last post by cnwnorthline on January 16, 2018, 04:42:19 PM »
Hello

Looks like the iconic Morton Salt roof will be preserved.

https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/1/8/16865070/morton-redevelopment-salt-district-r2

Not rail served but kind of cool.

In other news something big might happen near the Chicago Tribune Land.  From the pictures the rails look cut off near the bridge but can't tell for sure or fully understand what the plan exactly is:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20150317/CRED03/150319782/tribune-chooses-partner-for-riverside-development

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20171004/CRED03/171009950/tribune-medias-bold-plan-to-transform-giant-printing-plant-site

You're not going to be able to recognize much of this are soon!

-Matt
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General Discussion / Re: Is Blommer and Chicago Tribune still rail serviced?
« Last post by cnwnorthline on December 18, 2017, 10:35:31 PM »
After a 6 month break looks like they're back in action:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95007796@N06/39144451191/in/feed

-Matt
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General Discussion / Re: Latest Goose Island Sighting: Cold Trains
« Last post by cnwnorthline on December 15, 2017, 12:18:03 AM »
So....

Any updates? 
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General Discussion / Blommer Chocolate Fire (11/14/17)
« Last post by TribuneFreightFanatic on November 15, 2017, 02:43:16 PM »
A fire broke out on the roof of Blommer Chocolate factory yesterday afternoon, November 14th. The fire was raised to a 2-11 alarm according to the CFD. The fire was extinguished by 2:30 p.m. No injuries reported.

Apparently this was the second fire to occur at Blommer this month! See the attached links for photos, videos, and a more detailed report.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-fire-department-responding-to-fire-at-blommer-chocolate-factory-20171114-story.html

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/firefighters-responding-to-fire-at-blommer-chocolate-factory/
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General Discussion / Re: Latest Goose Island Sighting: Cold Trains
« Last post by TBurke on November 05, 2017, 05:55:17 PM »
Well, just when you thought the CTRR/Goose Island freight action couldn't get any more interesting...
A 5-car string of reefers (Cold Train & Amtrak) were oddly parked behind the former Finkl site as of 10/30 (or earlier). I couldn't believe it. Goose Island hasn't seen reefer action in how many years?

Upon closer inspection, the cars' refrigerator motors were not running, and most were stamped with NRDX car numbers. Any thoughts why these gems are here? My one guess is that they could be scrapped by General Iron. I looked up a car number (NRDX 95103) and found this page, but I don't know how to interpret the data. Are they retired?

https://www.stb.gov/recordations.nsf/WebDate?OpenForm&Start=2.4.12&Count=50&Expand=2.4.17&Seq=24

And how did they get there since the Chicago Terminal SW900 is being repossessed per the previous post?
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General Discussion / Latest Goose Island Sighting: Cold Trains
« Last post by TribuneFreightFanatic on November 04, 2017, 12:19:23 PM »
Well, just when you thought the CTRR/Goose Island freight action couldn't get any more interesting...
A 5-car string of reefers (Cold Train & Amtrak) were oddly parked behind the former Finkl site as of 10/30 (or earlier). I couldn't believe it. Goose Island hasn't seen reefer action in how many years?

Upon closer inspection, the cars' refrigerator motors were not running, and most were stamped with NRDX car numbers. Any thoughts why these gems are here? My one guess is that they could be scrapped by General Iron. I looked up a car number (NRDX 95103) and found this page, but I don't know how to interpret the data. Are they retired?

https://www.stb.gov/recordations.nsf/WebDate?OpenForm&Start=2.4.12&Count=50&Expand=2.4.17&Seq=24
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General Discussion / Re: More about those tankers on Goose Isand
« Last post by TBurke on October 20, 2017, 08:15:56 AM »
It looks like Ed Ellis found a new home for those tank cars that were moved off the Chicago Terminal rails recently.

http://poststar.com/news/local/first-tank-train-cars-arrive-for-storage-in-adirondacks/article_16c15f08-0b3d-5798-a894-2288d8fae765.html
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