The Chicago Terminal Railroad tonight, February 12, 2007, opened up
the stretch of the C&E South Line from the cutoff at the Goose
Island lead all the way down to where the tracks end near Halsted
The railroad's SW-8 by itself made its way down these tracks
which had not seen a train since the late 1990s. The last time I
recorded any action on this section was in 1998 when a boxcar was
spotted at Midwest Zinc on Kingsbury two blocks south of North
Avenue. Midwest Zinc is now a vacant lot.
The locomotive pushed asphalt out of the flangeways and off the
rails where the city had paved over the track, leaving pieces of
broken pavement in its wake.
Finally, the crew made a second run back with a gondola which
they placed on Kingsbury St.
Hopefully the new shortline will be able to attract new rail
shippers to this section of the line.