A line of gondolas in apparent scrap steel service are in the foreground, with a boxcar and bulkhead flatcar in the background. Today there are no traces of the yard, which outlived its usefulness when most of the rail-served industries left Goose Island. Instead the City of Chicago and CP Rail built a new line that runs down the middle of the reconstructed Cherry St. to reach Naz-Dar [edit: 10 Jan 2005. Naz-Dar does not receive rail shipments.] and Big Bay Lumber, the last two Goose Island rail customers. Concrete streets, neat curbs, and sidewalks replace the dirt surface of the Cherry St./Division St. area in this view. The yard area now houses various warehouses and commercial buildings.
An excellent view of the Goose Island Divison St. yard from April of 1970 with a transfer run with two GP9s can be found on page 22 of the book "The Milwaukee Road in Color: Volume 1, The East End." It's depressing to compare the two views.
GP9s were used when train lengths were especially long, as well as cabooses. Even in the mid-1990s trains would stretch some 20 cars or more, traveling down city streets on Kingsbury or Cherry. When AKZO/International Salt, a major rail customer for inbound loads of salt, shut down their North Branch facility on the southern end of Goose Island, there were no more long trains.
Prior to the time of this photo the westernmost track crossed Division St. to the south and traveled to almost Halsted St. Even at this late date, you could still see the abandoned section of track re-emerge south of Division St. and travel south along Hooker St. though it was paved over where it crossed Division. As of 2004, nothing remains of this scene as Goose Island converted from heavy manufacturing to commercial and light industry. There was talk about building a new team track but the plans never came about.