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Industrial Winter: 1942

Chicago & North Western railyard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. Kodachrome by Jack Delano. Camera: 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic.

Chicago & North Western railyard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. Kodachrome by Jack Delano. Camera: 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic.


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Proviso Yard

No, you cannot see Proviso from Route 83, which is way west of the yard. But FlangeSqueal is correct. This photo is looking east towards Yards 4 and 2. All the way to the right of the photo would be Track 18, Yard 2 and the third track from the left would be Track 1 of Yard 4. The two straight tracks to the very left would be 20 and 19 main (respectively) and where you see that container to the bottom left would be the east end of the East 5 yard office parking lot. Those old iron light towers are still there today.


This is NOT taken from "Rte. 83 bridge" - which doesn't exist! This is looking east into Yard 4 and Yard 2 from the east end of the Yard 5 light tower which still stands just south of the Diamond at the east end of the Yard 5 Yard Office behind the Diesel Shop at Proviso.

The closest 'steamer' is sitting on present-day Track 10 in Yard 4....the Yard Office currently stands to the far left, farther north and out of the picture...the long, red-walled shed that is there in this picture is long gone, as is the shanty to the south of the Diamond, which is just out of the picture (bottom) to the west.

The bridge in the distance is the Mannheim Road Bridge, which was last rebuilt in 1999.

You want a guided tour of Proviso on a remote-controlled engine ? Stop by the East 5 Yard Office any day except Sunday or Monday and ask for me.

[Hello, FlangeSqueal. One of our readers would like to take you up on the tour offer. Do you have a method of getting in touch so that they can arrange the visit? - Ken]

Delano Yard Photo

This is C&NW's Proviso Yard in Chicago, shot from the Ill. Route 83 Bridge. If you look closely at the steamers in the near horizon, you can see the characteristic C&NW 'bowtie' herald on the tenders. Also, in the near foreground, at about 3 o'clock, you can just make out the Indiana Harbor Belt herald on the side of the tender. He is there either making a pickup, or has just finished his delivery, and is waiting to pick up transfer cars for Gibson Yard on the NYC, or any of the other roads the IHB interchanged with.

Great pict

Would anyone know where this was taken from? The yard tower perhaps? How many steamers are in hte picture, any guess?

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