This rare photo from Doug Kaniuk's collection shows Lissner Metal's
switcher caught outside the Lissner site on the Milwaukee Road's
own tracks sometime prior to the mid-1970s on Goose Island. The
setting is North Branch St. just south of Bliss St. and north of
the Ogden Ave. overpass. The brick building behind the switcher was
used by Pickens-Kane, and formerly by the defunct, Chicago area
department store chain Wieboldts.
As of 2003, Lissner Metal's site has been razed, though the spur
track that connected it to the outside world is still in place on
the southwest side of North Branch St. The Pickens-Kane building is
abandoned but you can still see a segment of its spur from the
southeast side of the building where the spur enters a dark,
canyon-like corridor with loading bays on the side. CP Rail,
successor to the Milwaukee Road, ended service on this segment of
the line south of Bliss St. in the late 1990s when AKZO Salt shut
down their North Branch location.
According to former Milwaukee Road employee, Frank Urbanowitz,
this switcher may have been on the Milwaukee Road track and outside
the plant awaiting movement to another rail-served Lissner site
somewhere in Chicago.
Compare this photo with others from the
same location in 1990 where the Milwaukee Road track on which
the Lissner switch was parked is on the left (east) alongside the
Pickens-Kane building. Lissner Metals is behind the chain-link
fence and dumpster to the right of the train and street.