I took this photo after work one day, in June of 2007. With former Illinois Central locomotives on the head end, a westbound Canadian National freight train waits it's turn for clearance to leave Crawford Yard. The nearby Hawthorne Junction, was tied up with many north and south transfer trains, on the Belt Railway of Chicago at this time.
Crawford Yard is located along West 33rd Street between South Pulaski Road and South Kostner Avenue, on the outskirts of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. This is near the city limits with west suburban Cicero Illinois. In past years, this yard was an Illinois Central property. The yard was switched by the Illinois Central's corporate subsidiary railroad, The Chicago & Illinois Western. A former C & I W 0-4-0 T steam locomotive, is preserved at the Mid Continent Railroad Museum in North Freedom Wisconsin near the town of Baraboo.