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General Discussion / Re: More redevelopement
« Last post by TribuneFreightFanatic on May 22, 2017, 06:52:57 PM »
The bridge must be working again. One of my friends posted a quick video on social media of the car. (It was an old gondola, and it has popped up in the CTR runs for many years.) He also mentioned that there was a lot happening over there today. This is exciting stuff! I hope to go check it out and post photos sometime this week.
General Discussion / Re: More redevelopement
« Last post by GM on May 22, 2017, 12:46:18 PM »
I was driving down Kingsbury this weekend and noticed a gondola on the street trackage by General Iron. Did not get a picture. I was wondering if it was a stranded rail car or if the bridge was working again?
The legendary 1975 article that inspired Bill Denton's "Kingsbury" N-scale layout is now available for viewing.  Includes great photos of the Milwaukee Road's Chicago & Evanston (C&E) South Line including Montgomery Ward and more.
General Discussion / Re: Ogden Viaduct/Overpass
« Last post by TBurke on May 21, 2017, 11:21:37 AM »
Kirchheimer was farther south, at Kingsbury and Grand.  It made paper bags.

The building you are referring to was the former Wieboldt's warehouse that had a separate entrance onto the upper level of the Ogden Avenue overpass where it went over Goose Island.  Cars used to park on the sides of Ogden.  I suppose that entrance made it handy for employees.  There was also a set of stairs that connected the bridge level of Ogden to the street level below in that area. 

In later years it was (and is) used by Pickens-Kane for storage.  Wieboldt's was a Chicago based department store chain that went out of business in the late 1980s.  That facility on North Branch under Ogden was rail served in the Milwaukee Road era.

Here's a view of the former Wieboldt's warehouse and the Ogden Avenue overpass.

More on Goose Island here.

There is a good study on the Ogden Avenue overpass which shows the buildings that were next to it it-
General Discussion / Ogden Viaduct/Overpass
« Last post by SDL39FAN on May 20, 2017, 10:39:15 PM »
Looking through the 1995 Milwaukee Railroader again looking for inspiration and always wondered about the photo on page 13.  Show the Ogden Overpass and notes the building underneath the overpass as being integrated with the overpass.   Is this the Kirchmeiers building?   What was received or shipped from this location?


General Discussion / Re: Forest Park Branch Track Diagram?
« Last post by Brianbobcat on May 20, 2017, 10:14:34 PM »
The very interesting thing to look at is the small trestle over the Silver Creek located at 2890 Armitage Ave, Melrose Park.  In 2014, the whole trackage on the trestle was removed and replaced.  You can see the old and new track sitting in the parking lot to the east in Streetview from that year.  They must think there's still use for those tracks if they're willing to make that investment.
General Discussion / Re: Forest Park Branch Track Diagram?
« Last post by D. Kaniuk on May 17, 2017, 10:13:08 PM »
Melrose park towards Mannheim Rd is switched by IHB/Chessie Logistics Here is a link for more info:
Note, since Chessie Logistics took over, there have been no freight cars on the line in the pass 2 years
I go down 1st Ave a lot to see family on the SW side, every time I pass the CSX tracks I always see a dozen or more people hanging around that bridge.  Seems to have become a really popular recreation place.
General Discussion / Re: More redevelopement
« Last post by Jsu on May 17, 2017, 03:44:08 PM »
Oh man that's great news!  Good to know Chicago Terminal will probably still be kicking on the north side for 10 years.
General Discussion / Re: Forest Park Branch Track Diagram?
« Last post by TBurke on May 17, 2017, 07:57:50 AM »
I did a quick look after you comment got me wondering about what's left in terms of local switching in the two suburbs and using Google Earth I saw several industries with freight cars on spurs parked alongside them Franklin Park plus Melrose Park.  Other spurs looked like they might still be in use but didn't have any freight cars on them at the time like the ones that service the storage tank farm on the NW side of Franklin Park, near I-294.

You can see the now disconnected spur that use to service the Jewel/Osco former HQ at 1955 West North Avenue in Melrose Park.  Jewel still has operations out of there but is now owned by Albertson's.

Alberto-Culver in Melrose Park (2525 Armitage Ave, Melrose Park, IL 60160) used to have rail service also but it closed in 2011 after Unilver acquired it.  The massive Navistar (International Harverster) plant facing North Avenue also used to get rail service.
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