I understand, that Chicago cold is no joke, I've gotten spoiled with south Louisiana's mild winters. But we have had snow 2 times this winter, only about an inch or two but it's enough to shut down all the schools and government offices.
It's funny to see the drivers down here try to drive in snow, talk about a traffic nightmare!
Artista and 222psm -- If it would help, I can try to take some photos of the track that remains south of Diversey early next week. I live north of Belmont and just west of the old track bed but unfortunately nothing remains of the tracks (that I am aware of) north of Diversey except for some obscure clues to their long-ago existence.
Hi Sheekaago (maybe the best user name here..lol) No problem if you'd like to get involved. I live on Natchez next door to the Galewood Metra. I was thinking of taking shots from Grand ave passing the Brickyard up to Diversey. Then to shoot north of Diversey of 'what use to be' for instance the residential area that use to be 'Kimball candy co' etc etc. all the way up to the Dunning spot. Another area that grabs my attention,,not that it has any connection to this,, is the club area at Narragansett and Gunnison, south west corner. Across the street from 'Elliots'(another very cool place that should be profiled soon)
Those are some EXCELLENT pictures! thank you so much graylander! That Old style fire hydrant is a amazing find. I also love reading about defunct and current rail lines. Thanks for getting the details at the sub station, It's hard or not possible to see on google maps.
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> I've also wondered about the rail line that lies
> at approx. 4600-4700 West, bordering on Kenton. It
> spans most of the length of the west/NW side. Is
> this still in use by Metra or freight?
Those seem to be freight only, there are no Metra stations that I could find all up and down that line. I'm going to try and find out who owns the tracks. But they seem to be still in use, as further south it looks like they serve a bunch of industries.
Gray' !! GREAT JOB. I could not have done any better. Thank you so much. By the way , i looked at that building 'Wardell mentioned on the Google maps street view. Another great old building similar to that of the Narragansett one albeit much LARGER. Thanks Wardell , ill be driving by that one too. By the way , im very curious about that vintage railroad roundhouse that is supposedly near Cicero and 22nd. It was mentioned and linked at a different topic here at FCF. I didnt spot it on the Google map aerial.Any of you know of it?
Awesome photos, Graylander773! Thank you for posting them. And thanks, Artista. I love this site and would be so happy to be of any help. I'll do some exploring this weekend and see if I can find any other remnants of the tracks. The "Club" area you mention would be great to explore too. I believe there also used to be a golf course where Elliot's now stands.
Thank you for the feedback, I am really glad you enjoy them. It was fun taking them!
I actually had a hard time picking out and detecting "clues" between Diversey and Addison where these tracks once were. Like I said there are the rail ties around Roscoe and the general narrowness of Nashville Ave where the rail right of way could/would have been. I think at Irving Park Rd, where the rail would have crossed, there is still a rise in the grade--you feel like you're going over tracks but there's nothing there.
I'm glad to have started this topic and also glad to see that there are others here that share the same type of enthusiasm. When another walking tour is scheduled I hope you all will join in. 222 , I work for a major airlines at O'Hare so ill send you a 'buddy pass' then you'll have no excuses not to~ lol...I have been pondering the idea of contacting the current owner of the Narragansett property(more than likely ComEd),to see if i could get a walk through/tour of the building for the purpose of profiling for this website "ForgottenChicago". I don't know how successful I could be in that proposal, but i may try. Maybe the creators of this site can offer me tips.
222, from the S those tracks near Kenton are part of the Belt Railway of Chicago and they do not terminate at 68th St, they continue ESE to a yard near 95th St. on the E side of the city. Going back N they parallel Kenton until they veer to the W and connect to the Milwaukee Road (or at least it was the MW RD, I don't know who has ownership now). The BRC, a consortium of 6 or 7 RR's, operates the Clearing Yard. BRC transfers cars to it's yards so they can be added to the correct train and also provides services for local industries.
The other tracks just to the N were Chicago & Northwestern and from the looks of things on Google maps used to connect to the Belt but now terminate as a single track around Cortland St.(1900 N).
I machined engine components for locomotives for 35 years at Electro-Motive in McCook. My primary interest in RR's is the diesel loco, but I would be happy to join the tour also.
Hey Grey' the photo of the School st side entrance way has an accidental artistic value to it. The colors and balance~very cool. When i drove past it I thought it such a shame to see it painted over like that but at least there isn't degenerate graffiti.
Thank you, I love that picture and I LOVE those lighting sconces. The School St. doorway looks beautiful and magical at the same time, LOL. I mean, who would design a municipal servicing station in that style nowadays? I wonder what it originally looked like.
Interesting note about those tracks at 6600 West ... They at one time connected to a line that ran along what's now Forest Preserve Drive and Sunnyside Avenue.
See this map from 1904:
It looks like this line connected what's familiarly known as the Milwaukee District West and Milwaukee District North lines. It also explains why Forest Preserve Drive is so wide (for a street that has little commerce and really doesn't "go" anywhere), and also Sunnyside, which is a side street that's as wide as Montrose in some spots.
Wow good catch Johnny, that's one railroad I never knew existed, it's hard to tell if it connected to the Dunning tracks. If you look where it comes off the C.M. & ST. P. near Milwaukee you can see the "Y". There is no "Y" at the Dunning track. But that may be just how it was drawn on this map, very cool.
I also see the street I grew up on, Richmond St was originally Humboldt St, now that something I definitely did not know! That's what I love about this site, you always learn something new.
I never would have noticed that rail line running down the old Indian Boundary Line, now Forest Preserve Drive! Thanks for the info, Johnny. I've now looked at several maps from the early 1900's and that rail line was definitely there. Very, very cool!
I dont know if our latest interest caused this or not but on the 18th of this month of March(last Thursday)there was a construction crew that had patch repaired the Narragansett side of the building. And i do mean PATCH work. Hopefully they plan to do REAL repairs to the brick facade.
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> I dont know if our latest interest caused this or
> not but on the 18th of this month of March(last
> Thursday)there was a construction crew that had
> patch repaired the Narragansett side of the
> building. And i do mean PATCH work. Hopefully they
> plan to do REAL repairs to the brick facade.
If any one has a chance or time to take some pics and post, please do!