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Navy Pier Line

  • Posted by tom mann
  • on 30 October 2012
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The Navy Pier Line was a fascinating stretch of railroad. Officially beginning at Hubbard Yard, the ‘Pier Line passed Wolf Point using the Carroll Ave. Bascule Bridge over the Chicago River. From there, it disappeared under the Apparel Center and Merchandise Mart, reappeared in the middle of Carroll Ave., and disappeared again under various skyscrapers and Michigan Avenue on the way to Navy Pier and the Jardine filtration plant. Retrenchment began in the 70’s, and eventually service was cut back to the Sun-Times building near Michigan Ave. The ‘Pier Line lasted until 2000, when the Sun-Times relocated and boxcars full of newsprint were no longer needed. Today, the Carroll Ave. Bascule Bridge in its permanent upright position services as a monument to one of Chicago’s interesting railroad operations.