This is a last look photograph I took in October 1983, of the GTW Elsdon Depot in Chicago Illinois on west 51st Street. This beautiful wooden victorian era 2 story train station was built in 1888. I had attended nearby Curie High School just 5 blocks west of here from 1977 to 1981, and frequently hung out at Elsdon Yard after school. It was an old fashioned railfan paradise from the steam era, with many pleasant surprises to be seen. Although no longer used for passenger service, the depot was a yard office and crew headquarters. The yards dispatcher worked in the old station building as well. It was definately a much simpler time back then. The GTW crews were friendly and the Atmosphere was relaxed. They said that I could go ahead and take My photographs, but "Please" be careful.
This lovely old train station was in its last week of operation. In November, it was "Demolished".
Elsdon Yard and station was a wonderful place, and I miss it to this day. Some of the former GTW Elsdon Yard property has since been redeveloped into other Real Estate uses.