...but first, let's take a photo through the fence of the old CNW
sign on the wall.
The area under the Merchandise Mart is fenced off, so we'll have to
go around via Kinzie Street…
That's the Carroll Ave bascule bridge, locked in the upright
position since 2000.
After walking around the block, we're now by the river looking back
to where the tracks disappear under the Apparel Center.
The RR crossing sign is still standing, and note the little dwarf signal.
Walking over the river on the Kinzie Street bridge, we can better see where the operator was on the bridge.
This is the overhead crossing at Canal Street. At one time, there
was a 90 degree crossing here for the MILW Rd's C&E Line.
These are the river front condos on the west bank of the river by the bascule bridge.
We're underneath the CNW/UP approach to Northwestern Station. The
double guardrail tracks are the remains of the original approach to
the Navy Pier Line. We're at Clinton Street.
Looking back towards the bascule bridge, we see another approach to
the Navy Pier Line, used in later years when the Kinzie Street
yards were removed. We're actually standing in the middle of a wye
that CNW engineers would use run around and push cars to the
The yard here is full of CN newsprint cars, and most are heavily tagged.
Since this is high security private property, we won't go any