Monday, May 18, 2009
Locomotives being serviced at the Grand Trunk Western Railroad's Elsdon engine terminal. Chicago Illinois USA. October 1983.
I took this photo on Chicago's southwest side, just a few city blocks west of South Kedzie Avenue. Located at what would approximately be West 49th Street on private property, was the GTW Elsdon Yard, a 1914 built railroad roundhouse and the locomotive servicing and ready tracks. I took this photo in October of 1983, during what was officially the last week in operation at this soon to be closed facility.
The Elsdon locomotive terminal sat abandoned and forelorn until late 1987, when it was eventually demolished and replaced with a small outdoor retail strip mall.