Can any rail fans provide any details about the rail operations at the old Sears Catalog Plant complex at Homan and Arthington? As late as the 70s there were still some receipts or shipments by rail.
The complex was built when most of the the shipments and receipts were made by rail. Because of the size of the complex, this must have been quite a busy operation.
Any idea as to what railroad owned the tracks? Was this a spur line used only by Sears?
How many trains or rail cars were processed in a given day at its peak?
I would have to assume that as cars were filled, they had to be moved to allow the next car to be loaded or unloaded. Did the complex have its own engine to move the cars around?
If the outbound shipments were destined to the US Postal service for delivery, were the train cars presorted based on destination or did the postal service
ever operate a rail distribution center where rail cars were unloaded resorted and reloaded?