52nd C&WI Coach Yard

  

Left: Chicago and Western Indiana Coach Yard. Right:Northbound Monon passenger train, probably #6, is coming around the curve at the south end of the coach yard. - Dan Murray collection-.

55th Street - Garfield Blvd.

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The 55th Street Station was opened June of 1906. Construction was of Bedford, Indiana limestone with a slate roof. The station measured 82 feet long by 28 feet wide with a shed extending 80 feet north of the building and 65 feet south. It was located on the east side of the main passenger tracks and the south side of the Boulevard. The station contained bathrooms, gentlemen's and ladies' waiting rooms connected by a passageway, ticket office and a general waiting room. A basement provided store rooms and boiler room. This was also the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago's freight terminal yard until replaced by the 49th Street facility.

Englewood

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An important south side stop for many passenger trains. The location was somewhat of a wide place in the road, when looking at the track work. This station was constructed from Bedford, Indiana limestone and looked similar to the 59th Street (Ford Street) Station.

  

Photos: Left: The area around Englewood Station. Right: Close up of Englewood Station. These two photos depict Englewood Union Station, shared by NYC, PRR, CRI&P and NKP. This station was about 3/4 mile east of C&WI's Englewood St.

  

Photo: Left: Steam #352 on Train #5 at Englewood. Right: Englewood sign. -Andy Koval photograph-

  

Photos: Left: Train #5 makes a stop at Englewood. Right: The Pennsylvania Railroad's eastbound "General" stops at Englewood Union Station, Chicago, November 13, 1966.

Photo Left: Southbound passenger with locomotive 451 near 63rd Street.

 

 

 

 

 

  

NEW 03-03-2011 Left: Northbound passenger making a stop at 63rd Street. -John Hill Photograph- Right: Steam locomotive #444 on passenger at 63rd Street. -Dan Murray Collection, courtesy Bob Lalich-

  

NEW 03-03-2011 Left and Right, Above and Below. 63rd Street Station. Also known as Little Englewood, circa 1975. -Unknown Photographer, Courtesy of Tim Swan-

  

 

 

Photo: Right: Passenger extra southbound passing under 65th St signal bridge. The 74th St junction where the Wabash splits off to the west is just ahead.

 

 

 

 

Photo Left: Steam locomotive is northbound at the Normal Park station (located between 68th and 69th Sts), We think. We will attempt to confirm the location.

 

 

 

 

  

Left, Right and Below: Monon freight moves through the Clearing Yard. This yard stretches from Central Park Ave (3600W) to Harlem (7200W) and is between 67th and 73rd Sts. You can't miss it on a map or satellite photo.

 

  

Photo: Left: Southbound at 79th St (Auburn Park). The Monon train is about to enter 81st St interlocking. The Erie train is on the C&WI freight tracks, about to enter 80th St Jct with BRC. You can just make out a BRC caboose on the far left. The CRI&P crosses overhead. This was one of the most fascinating spots in Chicago, very complex track work, multiple routes, switch tenders controlling a bunch of double slip switches and flagging trains, and an unbelievable variety of trains and railroads. Right: Same CRIP overpass, as in the picture to the left, but from the other side, looking north to south. The photographer was on a train on the BRC mains. From left to right, there are 6 CWI tracks and 4 BRC. The BRC track on the far right connected to the CRIP at one time.

NEW 03-04-2011 Southbound passenger approaching the 81 Street Interlocker. The C&WI's Auburn Park station is seen on the right. The CRI&P crosses overhead in the background. -Louis Marre Photograph, Dan Murray Collection-

 

 

 

 

  

Photos: Left: Steam locomotive #420, southbound at 74th St. The tower is on the right. The Wabash split off here and went west to Landers Yard and points beyond. Right: Steam locomotive #440, northbound at 76th St. The NB signals are approach signals for 74th St, the SB signals are approach signals for 81st St. This signal bridge was removed after WW II.

  

Photos: Action between 74th and 81st Streets. Left: Steam locomotive on southbound passenger at 81st Street. Right: In bound Train #6 at the 74th Street interlocker, 1960.

Photo: BRC Belt Jct. The view is looking east. The tracks on the right are Wabash. The two railroads change position here. East of the tower the BRC tracks are on the south side of the elevation. It is about a mile to 74th St, where the BRC tracks curve to the south and the Wabash curves to the north and connects with C&WI.

 

 

 

Coming into the 81st Street interlocker.

 

 

 

 

Photo Right: Action near 109th St. The Monon train is southbound on the C&WI. The clear southbound block signal indicates a highball at South Deering a few blocks ahead. The NKP's Calumet Yard parallels the C&WI between 110th St and Pullman Jct. The NKP train is on their eastbound main track. Makes you wonder which train won the race to State Line?

 

 

 

Pullman Junction

Pullman Junction is so named because because it is the junction of the former Pullman Railroad and the CRIP. The Pullman RR served the numerous Pullman plant facilities starting about 1/2 mile south of the junction on the west shore of Lake Calumet. Shortly after WWII, the Pullman Railroad was absorbed into the CRIP.

 

Photo: Steam locomotive #444 pulls passenger through Pullman Junction.

NEW 07-10-2011 Southbound at Pullman Jct. The little shanty on the left was for the C&WI switch tender who handled the switches and signals for the C&WI-BRC junction - a junction within the overall junction. The machine in the shanty only controlled the home semaphore signals but there was a bolt lock arrangement on the switches to prevent clearing conflicting routes. The semaphore just above the RPO was the northbound home signal for the BRC. The freight train behind the Monon train is on the BRC. -Louis Marre Photograph, Dan Murray collection, courtesy of Bob Lalich-

  

Photos: Left: Transfer freight moves through Pullman, 1967. Right: Red and Gray southbound at Burnside, where the C&WI goes over the IC. This is about a mile from Pullman Jct.

  

NEW 02-27-2011 Left: Northbound passenger moves through Pullman Junction. Right: A southbound moving through the junction. Both photos are from Steve Hill, who's father was a Conductor on the Monon.

Photo: Pullman Junction Operator's Office. The facility in the background is Verson All Steel Press. It is seen in many Pullman Jct photos. The oldest buildings that can be seen in the photo were originally the Stony Island Shops of the NKP. When nearby Calumet Yard was upgraded in the early 1950s, the old shop buildings and most of Stony Island Yard was closed.

Photo: 130th Street Crossing.

Draw Bridge (Calumet River)

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Photo: Left: Draw bridge on the C&WI over the Calumet River. Right: Draw bridge as see from train and Torrence Avenue lift bridge.

  

Photo: Left: In bound freight approaching the bridge. Right: Another look at the approach to the draw bridge. Torrence Avenue is to the left. The Ford Plant is also to the left, west of the bridge..

Hegewisch - Burnham

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NEW 10-05-2010 Photo Left: Burnham Junction Tower, 1958. You are looking inbound (NW) toward the location of the old Hegewisch depot. The Pennsylvania railroad single line between South Chicago and Bernice crossed three other companies' lines. The first was the CSS&SB electrified double-track, just visible in the right-had distance in this view looking towards Chicago, with an electric suburban train approaching. The second, in the center of this view, was the Chicago & Western Indiana double track, in the center of the view. The third was the Nickel Plate railroad double track, in the left of this picture. And just beyond there, it was joined by a Baltimore & Ohio single line which had also run parallel with these other tracks. -Photograph 10/6/58, by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour-

 

NEW 10-05-2010 Photo Right: The Hegwisch Depot. The depot was not in use very long. In this picture you can see that the building is boarded up. The street pictured is 136th Street.

 

 

 

 

  

NEW 10-08-2010 Photos: Left and Right: Inbounds at Hegewisch, a few years apart. The street in the foreground is 136th St. The old depot would have been to the left of the lead locomotive.You can see the same signals and high tension towers in the background.

The C&WI calls this location Burnham and the Metra Commuter system calls the nearby station Hegewisch. There are no commuter trains on the C&WI and none of the long distance passenger trains stopped here. Several railroads once operated through here, including the Monon.

  

Photos: Left: Local transfer waiting at State Line to enter the Burnham Clearing Yard. Train is northbound and the end is still on Monon trackage. Right: Same local now moving towards Burnham.

  

Right: In bound passenger moving through Burnham. Right: Southbound transfer freight at 136th St in Hegewisch. The old C&WI station was located a few yards east of 136th St.

Photo: Burnham Yard as seen from State Line junction.

 

 

 

 

  

Photos: Left: Burnham looking towards State Line. The cross track in the foreground of the first photo is the PRR SC&S line. Note the Burnham Ave crossing tower. This crossing wasn't automated for some time due to heavy traffic and frequent switching moves. Right: Another look. The train in this photo is pulling into what was normally the northward siding. The train might be dropping off cars at Burnham or it might be a Wabash train headed for the B&OCT at State Line. The track curving off the C&WI and crossing the NKP lead to an large industrial complex south of the tracks in Hegewisch. The original name of Adolph Hegewisch's plant in his namesake town was United States Rolling Stock . It went through many reorganizations and name changes, including Pressed Steel Car Company. The founder was an industrialist by the last name of Hegewisch. He wanted to create a company town similar to Pullman but it didn't quite turn out that way. The plant built railroad cars for many years and military equipment during the two World Wars. The plant even had its own railroad, the Chicago and Calumet River. After WWII it became USS Supply.

NEW 10-05-2010 Photo Left: 202 is bringing a transfer freight into State Line Junction. The locomotives are crossing the Nickle Plate tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

Map of Burnham crossing.

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