Thursday, August 24, 2006

Detroit,Toledo & Ironton diesel locomotives at GTW Elsdon Yard site.Chicago Illinois USA. June 1984.

I took this photograph in June of 1984, at the site of the recently closed, Grand Trunk Western Railroad Elsdon Yard on West 51st Street. The GTW Elsdon Yard was closed for good in October of 1983. For some unexplained reason, The railroad used this curve for a makeshift engine crew terminal and staging area until September of 1986. The Grand Trunk Western had Merged and Absorbed the Detroit ,Toledo,& Ironton Railroad during the early 1980's, and this cut of locomotives are from the D,T & I wich had operated in the State of Michigan. During this short lived era, if an Engine needed refueling, the GTW would call for a local tractor and trailer Semi Tanker truck to go to this site at 51st st.
The site of this location is on West 51st Street between South St. Louis and Lawndale Avenues, in the neighborhood community known as "Elsdon".

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