Friday, May 15, 2009

Manually operated railroad crossing gate operators tower.(Gone.) The GTW Elsdon Yard. Chicago Illinois USA. October 1983.

Crossing gate operators tower. GTW Elsdon Yard. Chicago Illinois USA. October 1983.

Hello everybody!
Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page from the city of Chicago Illinois.

A favorite railfan haunt of mine that has unfortunately "Bit the dust", was the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, Elsdon Yard on West 51st Street. We are on the north side of West 51st Street looking west, just east of South Lawndale Avenue in October of 1983. This is the final week of Grand Trunk Western train operations at the once busy 14 track Elsdon Yard. Because of the many frequent back and forth switching movements here on West 51st as well as West 55th Street, between South St.Louis and South Lawndale Avenues....The railroad crossing gates were manually controlled during busy times in this tower by a signal operator.

The following week, this tower was demolished on site.
This was a last look at an ending era of Chicago railroad operations
in Chicago's Elsdon neighborhood.

Thank You.
Eddie K.

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