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Date: 02/13/18 09:36
Grand Trunk Tuesday - Westbound at 139th St. Blue Island
Author: Englewood

Ken Lanovich photo
Scanned from a B&W print
No info on print.
Probably in the winter of 1969-70

A westbound GTW at 139th St. in Blue Island.
This is the east (compass south) end of the GTW
yard in Blue Island. The yard office / depot is out
of sight to the right in the vicinity of the small
support buildings.

This is the same location pictured in a previous post
when the eastbound Mohawk stopped to pick up a car.
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,4290677,4292721#msg-4292721

The train curving off to the left is on the IHB.
It is the RI train pictured yesterday in the Maroon Monday post.
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,4485310



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/13/18 09:44 by Englewood.




Date: 02/13/18 12:29
Re: Grand Trunk Tuesday - Westbound at 139th St. Blue Island
Author: Seventyfive

Nice view; I had forgotten how much the Trunk had going on there.
The track next to the reefers on the Rock transfer I believe is the
Spudhouse Lead, which continues on to the plant at North Harvey.



Date: 02/13/18 12:51
Re: Grand Trunk Tuesday - Westbound at 139th St. Blue Island
Author: ghemr

I was always curious on how the Spudhouse Lead (and Curve) got it's name. I always assumed it was because of the nearby Libby Cannery. Upon further research, Englewood stated in a 2015 post that it may have been named for Albert Miller Warehouse. I searched further and indeed in 1920 a person named Albert Miller had a 50' x 200' warehouse built in Blue Island to store potatoes! Who knows---maybe he planned to sell the spuds to Libby??



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/13/18 13:58 by ghemr.



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