This is one of My personal -all time favorite railroad photos I took on location during the 1980's in the city of Chicago Illinois. I took this photo on an early Spring afternoon, back in March of 1987. Heading southbound enroute to Clearing Yard, is a Belt Railway of Chicago switching local. The train is being pulled by an elderly 1950's vintage EMD SW-7 yard switcher locomotive, and is seen crossing over the Illinois Central Gulf crosstracks at Hawthorne Junction.
To the right and out of view in this photo, was an old wooden interlocking tower, wich was demolished in 1990. Back in 1987, the interlocking tower was refered to by nearby working railroad crews as ICG / Belt -Tower.