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Date: 09/15/20 12:21
68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: Ohiorailfan

A hidden gem of Chicago, the Sanitary District of Chicago Railway, in Stickney. The ten mile railroad hauls human waste from the treatment plant to the storage fields in Hodgkins. They have 3 SW1s and an MP15DC. The MP15DC recently derailed allowing the SW1s to get out and stretch their legs. On Sunday we captured #3 returning east after dumping






Date: 09/15/20 12:52
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: Kimball

Wait! Wait!   They store WHAT???



Date: 09/15/20 12:57
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: jst3751

Kimball Wrote:
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> Wait! Wait!   They store WHAT???

Here in Southern California, it is called Kellog Nitrohumus fertilizer. 



Date: 09/15/20 12:58
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: WAF

Gotta be the shittest railroad job around



Date: 09/15/20 13:12
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: exprail

Back in the late 60s as a brakeman on the IC there was a train which originated at the Chicago Sanitary facility which was 25, tank cars filled with liquid, "refined" waste and terminated down state, in a rural area, on a new siding along the Mainline of Mid America. The train with cabooses on each end (to protect shove moves) was pulled onto the "indusrty" track, tied down and power removed away. 

Then the fun began. Once the crew was in the clear, large, hoses were attached to the bottoms of each tank car and the contents sprayed on a corn field. Oddly, enough there wasn't much of an odor from the stuff and the crops loved it growing well and..."well norished"? However, after an article about the new operation showed up in a local paper the local folks were incensed and after a while the trains quit running never to run again.

BTW, the crew name for this special train was: ICBM!  

Exprail     



Date: 09/15/20 14:31
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: PasadenaSub

I'd feel more comfortable if they weren't using open top hoppers.



Date: 09/15/20 14:44
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: TAW

PasadenaSub Wrote:
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> I'd feel more comfortable if they weren't using
> open top hoppers.

They're actually air dumps. When I was a little kid and my parents moved to a subdivision freshly created from a farm south of La Grange, the dump was at the end of a dirt road leading east from Lawndale Avenue between the river and the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Newly minted gardeners, including my parents, would go there and shovel bushel baskets of processed material (accelerated composting, actually). I'm sure that is not allowed any more or nobody would do it if it were (at least not in that neck of the woods - I know folks here who would).

Somewhere I have a 127 negative of a CSDX air dump.

TAW



Date: 09/15/20 15:12
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: ghemr

TAW Wrote:

 Newly minted gardeners, including
> my parents, would go there and shovel bushel
> baskets of processed material (accelerated
> composting, actually). I'm sure that is not
> allowed any more...

In Stickney at the corner of Pershing and Lombard Ave. the District has piles of the processed stuff for free! There's always a few pickup trucks getting their share. I keep forgetting to bring my buckets and bushel baskets...



Date: 09/15/20 15:54
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: seaboardc30-7

Is that the "poo poo choo choo"?



Date: 09/15/20 16:27
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: TAW

ghemr Wrote:
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> In Stickney at the corner of Pershing and Lombard
> Ave. the District has piles of the processed stuff
> for free! There's always a few pickup trucks
> getting their share. I keep forgetting to bring my
> buckets and bushel baskets...

They moved it...or at least the access point.

TAW



Date: 09/15/20 20:06
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: 2ebright

"Here in Southern California, it is called Kellog Nitrohumus fertilizer."

Just a slight spelling error there; it is actually Nitrohuman fertilizer"

Dick



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/15/20 20:07 by 2ebright.



Date: 09/15/20 21:22
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: ChrisCampi

Their actually side dumps which dump the loads quite close to the rail so they would need a dozer or backhoe to pull the spoils back and pile it or reload it unless there was some sort of ramp they unloaded on.



Date: 09/15/20 21:35
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: jst3751

2ebright Wrote:
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> "Here in Southern California, it is called Kellog
> Nitrohumus fertilizer."
>
> Just a slight spelling error there; it is actually
> Nitrohuman fertilizer"
>
> Dick

Please do not attempt to post a correction that is completely wrong. Makes you look silly.

https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Nitrohumus
https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Kellogg_Garden_Products
https://www.sludgenews.org/about/sludgenews.aspx?id=5



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/15/20 21:36 by jst3751.



Date: 09/16/20 06:29
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: MEKoch

Here in Ohio the farmers get loads of "bio-solids" and put them on their fields.  Good planting results...........



Date: 09/16/20 10:36
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: garrett

seaboardc30-7 Wrote:
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> Is that the "poo poo choo choo"?

Or the Turd Herder.

"it's all crap now" is no longer just a metaphor.

I had always heard that crap rolled downhill.  I just never realized it utilized steel wheels to do so.



Date: 09/16/20 13:14
Re: 68 Year Old SW1 On The Sanitary District of Chicago Railroad
Author: PHall

MEKoch Wrote:
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> Here in Ohio the farmers get loads of "bio-solids"
> and put them on their fields.  Good planting
> results...........

They do it out here in California too. Afterall, it is organic!



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