jm_LW_1998_14

jm_LW_1998_14

It's late in the afternoon as we pull our empty tanker south toward this narrow drive with vehicles parked behind recently built townhouses. Looking south from Fullerton Avenue, the track makes an arrow straight run to the C&E junction near Goose Island. From there our train will head west down the Bloomingdale Line back to the yard in Bensenville. If you look closely past Fullerton (near the van at the left), you can make out portions of an old switch to the right. Just across Diversey to the north, another 2-3 blocks of abandoned street trackage is still visible on Lakewood, but the Diversey crossing has been paved over and the warning signals removed. Soon, those unused northernmost tracks will be paved over as well. We can only hope that the surviving four-block portion of the Lakewood branch shown here will remain in operation for a little longer for us to enjoy before it lives only in Chicago railfans' memories.