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Date: 03/02/21 15:20
Grand Trunk Tuesday - 8mm walking tour from Elsdon to 97th St
Author: Englewood

Taken in the early 70's, after May 1, 1971

A teenager's attempt at documenting the GTW from Elsdon yard in Chicago
to 97th St. in Evergreen Park. 

Ken Lanovich collection.
Film by the Garza brothers

Compass directions are used.  South compass direction is east railroad direction.
Track diagram of the area can be found here
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,3826212,3826446#msg-3826446

0:00 to 0:19             
Looking north from about 59th St.at the south end of Elsdon yard.
0:19 to 0:34
Camera swings around and looks south towards the 63rd St., Chicago Lawn station.
0:34 to 0:39
MP  "C10"  10 miles from Dearborn St. station.
0:39 to 0:51
A yard engine working the industry off the eastward main just north of 63rd St.
0:51 to 0:59
Looking south towards the 63rd St., Chicago Lawn station.
0:59 to 1:05
The forever more shuttered doors of the Chicago Lawn station.
No more Mohawks, Maple Leafs, Internationals or Dick Jensen steam trips to stop here.
1:05 to 1:11
Looking north from the Chicago Lawn platform. Nothing to wait for now.
1:11 to 1:18
Looking north from 67th St.
1:18 to 1:31
Looking south towards 71st St. crossing and a bit of artistic camera work. 
Probably a carton of GTW water.
1:31 to 1:37
Looking south from 71st St. crossing at the home signal for Hayford Interlocking.
1:37 to 1:46
Looking south from just north of the BRC diamonds at Hayford Interlocking.
1:46 to 2:10
A Penn Central train on the BRC at Hayford moving compass direction west.
2:10 to 2:14
Looking south at the home signals for the N&W ex-Wabash crossing at Ashburn.
2:14 to 2:19
Looking north at the Ashburn station sign.
2:19 to 2:26
Looking south at 91st St. crossing, Evergreen Park. The ABS signals can be seen 
south of the crossing.  The westbound signal was removed in the late 80's / early 90's
as a capacity constraint project.
2:26 to 2:29
Looking north at the westbound ABS signal referred to above. This was the approach 
signal for Ashburn.  The "50" sign is for the Ashburn diamonds.
2:29 to 2:37
Just a little south of the above location looking north. The tracks curve to the right before
the location of the smokestack.  That is St. Maria's (cemetery) curve.
2:37 to 2:48
Looking north from 97th St. in Evergreen Park.  Ken's house was at the other end of the curve
2:48 to end
Looking south from 97th St. towards the 99th St. crossing. Then we drop off the right of way
for the walk home.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/02/21 15:36 by Englewood.

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Date: 03/02/21 20:36
Re: Grand Trunk Tuesday - 8mm walking tour from Elsdon to 97th St
Author: ghemr

Englewood Wrote:

> A yard engine working the industry off the
> eastward main just north of 63rd St.
> 0:51 to 0:59

Any idea what industry was there at the time? On an unrelated note Lang Ice Co. at 59th Street had a conveyor system (of some sort) to bring ice up to track level. To this day it's still there!



Date: 03/03/21 15:31
Re: Grand Trunk Tuesday - 8mm walking tour from Elsdon to 97th St
Author: Englewood

No idea of the industry although I think those look like coal cars.


ghemr Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Englewood Wrote:
>
> > A yard engine working the industry off the
> > eastward main just north of 63rd St.
> > 0:51 to 0:59
>
> Any idea what industry was there at the time? On
> an unrelated note Lang Ice Co. at 59th Street had
> a conveyor system (of some sort) to bring ice up
> to track level. To this day it's still there!



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