The first photo shows the Goose Island turn heading east down the
Bloomingdale line towards CY tower. I forget what street this is
at, but it's west of the CTA Logan Square elevated line
(O-Hare/Congress/Douglas). There was a runaround track west of this
location, along side an alley, where The crew would sort the cars
they'd pulled from Galewood Yard into industry order. Don't know
why they didn't do that in Galewood where the track was less
suspect... Anyway, once shuffled, they headed east toward CY with
the train in the order of Aetna/Peerless/Finkl/.../Azko (can't
remember if they had any Big Bay, but it would have been ahead of
Azko). I don't know what Finkl was receiving, but Aetna was only
plywood as far as I know.
Here, you can see the conductor flagging an intersection as the
train heads toward C&E junction. At C&E, the train had to
pause briefly while a flat bed driver pulled into the clear.
Things were uneventful until reaching the Lakeshore athletic club,
where someone had decided the stanchions and chains didn't really
mean anything. A tow truck arrived to meet the train--I think it's
a regular Tuesday-Thursday thing, because the crew didn't call for
a tow truck that I'm aware of. Anyway, we waited while he cleared
two vehicles off the track--took the first one around the block,
came back for the second.
This was the scrap yard [Cozzi Metals] next to the North Branch
swing bridge. They didn't ship by rail, but as you can see, they
did receive rail cars for scrap. All of their outbound scrap was
shipped by barge. They were, in fact, the last river-served
customer on the North Branch, and the only reason the CP is still
required to keep a movable bridge. Would that they were on the
other side of the tracks…. Anyway, the switch begins on the
approach span for the bridge and curves down into the scrap
yard--the Soo box is at a right angle to the running track.
At Peerless, there were no empty pulls, so it was just a matter of
shoving the loaded tank of corn syrup into place. You'll note that
like everyone else in the candy business, Peerless now uses mostly
corn syrup instead of the costlier cane or beet sugar. When was the
last time you saw an airslide hopper spotted there? At the time,
the remains of the bakery spur were mostly intact, but the points
and frog had been cut from the switch. There was also evidence that
someone had probably had to do a pull-two/spot-two move and crossed
Diversey and gone a few carlengths north into the abandoned track.
At the time, there was also about 3 more blocks of rail mostly in
place, but no one much cared anymore.
The train in the first photo is now heading across the river. After
cutting off all the drops for Goose Island proper, the crew spotted
the MD&W box at Aetna Plywood while a bridge tender showed up
to close the river span. After switching Aetna, the crew proceeded
across the river with one car for Finkl and one for Peerless. The
Finkl car was shoved down into the bowels of the plant somewhere,
and the crew proceeded to run around the Peerless car before
backing into Kingsbury St.
Ignoring the "do not enter" signs, we immediately followed the
train into the parking lot for Treasure Island shopping center. I
know of nowhere else that SW1500's and MP15AC's must routinely
dodge shopping carts... If you look, there is a locked gate with a
RR standard lock on it between the two townhouses to keep vehicular
traffic from cutting through.