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General Discussion / Re: 1917 Clybourn shot
« Last post by cnwnorthline on June 11, 2017, 09:34:36 AM »
Here's the caption they added:
"We are back in Chicago and once again at Clybourn station, the first station to the north and northwest of downtown Chicago. This Stecher (C&NW employee) photo was probably taken about 1917. Straight ahead of us is today's Metra North line while the today's Metra Northwest line veers away from the station just past the station. The building on the far right of the photo still stands and was originally, as you can see, a pickle plant which took cucumbers from a lot of farmers along the north and northwest lines."
General Discussion / Re: 1917 Clybourn shot
« Last post by TBurke on June 10, 2017, 06:59:52 PM »
Hmm good catch.  This one has me somewhat disoriented.  Is it looking north?  Budlong Pickle had a rail-served plant on Besley Court just south of Cortland that was rail-served but that would be too far north in this photo.  That building is still there and in the 1980s was an early microbrewery, producing Legacy Lager by the Chicago Brewing Company.

Perhaps the best beer I have ever tasted. 
General Discussion / 1917 Clybourn shot
« Last post by cnwnorthline on June 10, 2017, 05:54:58 PM »

Hope everyone can see this.  Here's an amazing shot of the old Clybourn station from the CNW historical society.

Looks like the CNW used to move a lot of pickles back in the day on the northside.

General Discussion / Train with Military Tanks Passes O'Hare on CN (Soo)
« Last post by TBurke on June 07, 2017, 06:01:36 PM »
I passed under the CN (Soo) overpass over the I-190 entrance into O'Hare this morning making my way to Mannheim for a meeting in Rosemont.  I noticed a train paused on the bridge with a string of flatcars carry military tanks and other heavy equipment.  The tanks were painted in a beige, sand color.  The train was led by a BNSF locomotive and a CN locomotive behind it heading south.

I did not take photos since I assume that is not encouraged with movements of this type. 

My guess is the tanks were going from Ft. McCoy in WI to ports on the East Coast for deployment to NATO forces in Europe.  Anyone have any other details?
General Discussion / Re: More redevelopement
« Last post by TBurke on June 07, 2017, 03:00:05 PM »
It would be interesting to find out if Chicago Terminal actually owns the land under the tracks or simply has an easement.  Chicago Terminal tried that move at the end of Kingsbury between Halsted and Evergreen only to learn it did not actually own the land.

When parent Chicago Milwaukee Corporation (CMC) sold its Milwaukee Road railroad subsidiary to Soo in 1985 it typically retained ownership of the property and Soo (and later, CP and Chicago Terminal) had an easement to operate over it in Chicago as was the case on the strip of land from Clybourn north to Fullerton, and in the West Loop area where the railroad once had freight yards and warehouses, leaving a narrow strip owned by Metra for commuter and long-distance Amtrak passenger trains.

Once railroad operations ceased on land owned by then CMC and its successor owners were free to sell the land or develop it themselves.

CMC existed after it shed its railroad operations to sell off in chunks its once vast property holdings of the railroad, especially timberlands out west.  It paid a very high dividend then sold off its last assets by the mid-2000s, liquidating itself.  That was the end of the last corporate connection to the former Milwaukee Road.

CMC over the years became CMC Heartland then simply Heartland Partners.
General Discussion / Re: More redevelopement
« Last post by chrism on June 07, 2017, 08:42:54 AM »
Very cool shots, I noticed the fence on Google maps as of Sept 2016. Glad it was removed.
General Discussion / Re: More redevelopement
« Last post by Eric on June 07, 2017, 05:36:35 AM »
Had some errands to run on North Ave. yesterday.  Here are a couple I Phone shots of two cars that were sitting over there.  I wonder if it is a move to keep the line officially active?  I believe a fence had been installed across the track north of North Ave.  Looks like it was removed.

General Discussion / Chicago Tribune Article on 125 Years of the L
« Last post by TBurke on June 05, 2017, 07:31:34 AM »
Nice article by the Tribune on the L and its history.  Since it operated freight trains from the handoff with the Milwaukee Road at Irving Park Road north into Evanston it still qualifies for coverage on the Chicago Switching site!
General Discussion / Re: The Chicago Terminal shrinking
« Last post by Jsu on June 04, 2017, 05:34:53 PM »
Oh man, I was literally just down there today because I saw the SW8 parked on the east side of the river when I was driving north on 90 yesterday.  I found the switcher between the Lakin building and General Iron, and there were three beat-to-hell gons parked from just south of the Cherry street bridge to Kingsbury.  I managed to catch one of the General Iron employees outside and I asked him about weather any trains would be running through any more and he said no despite all the gons lined up.  In retrospect I should have asked him some other questions but he looked like he wanted me to bug off.
General Discussion / The Chicago Terminal shrinking
« Last post by D. Kaniuk on June 04, 2017, 12:12:42 PM »
Post at the STB, a company handling the former Finkl property has files to force the CTM to abandon all trackage east to the Chicago River (Cortland ave). The property company claims the CTM interferes with its development plans. Also, the Big Bay Lumber site is being redeveloped as an office complex.
Here is the filing:$FILE/243627.pdf
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