Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Southbound CSX light engine movement. Hawthorne Junction. Chicago / Cicero Illinois. March 2007.
I took this photo one afternoon in late March of 2007. A weather beaten
1970's era EMD model SD 40-2 diesel locomotive from CSX Transportation Co
is seen heading southbound over the Belt Railway of Chicago tracks, and
approaching the Canadian National ex Illinois Central crosstracks at Hawthorne
Junction. Hawthorne Junction is located on the Chicago city limits, at the
border with west suburban Cicero Illinois. I spotted this particular locomotive before on a number of occasions, working the CSX West 16th Street industrial
switching local in the village of Cicero Illinois.
This is around the time that the switching local returns to the Belt Railway
of Chicago interchange at South Knox Avenue and West 16th Street on days
when the industries are being switched. This locomotive has more than likely
finished working the West 16th Street local in Cicero Illinois, and is now
returning to the Belt Railway of Chicago Clearing Yard in Bedford Park Illinois.
Light engine movements like this one, are very common here at Hawthorne Junction.