Thursday, January 20, 2022

Morris, IL: Old Grain Elevator and Fox & Illinois Union Interurban


Ken Morrison posted
Looking north, up the ROW of the long-gone Fox River & Illinois Union railroad. This is about 1/2 mile W of Morris Airport/IL RTE 47

David Chapman posted two photos with the comment: "Morris Il.  Few miles north of I80 on hy 47. Was served by the interurban  railroad Fox and Illinois Union railway. Seen better days lol"


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Dennis DeBruler commented on David's post
It is definitely better to visit this elevator in the Winter when the leaves are off the trees. I'm surprised that there is some paint left on the elevator. The power line is a reminder that many power companies bought interurban right-of-ways when they were abandoned. That would have been considered a high-voltage line back in the 1930s.

Dennis DeBruler commented on David's post
A view of the north side.

Jeff Mathre posted eight images with the comment: "Fox & Illinois Union. From Yorkville to Morris."








Tom Bruke Flickr

Tom Burke Scan of "M.C. Poor" Photo-Fox & Illinois Union Railway Yorkville IL Fall 1937

The Fox and Illinois Union Railway was an electric interurban that began in 1911 and connected the towns of Yorkville to the north and Morris to the south. In 1931 the F&IU interurban went out of business and the line was taken over by farm elevators that the interurban had served, preserving rail freight service until 1938. By the time the farm elevator owners took over the line had already dropped passenger service and converted their freight motor to gasoline operation.


This view I believe looks south and is located just south of downtown Yorkville. In the foreground are the freight station and car barn. Farther west is what appears to be Rt. 47 descending toward the Fox River on a fill. The passenger station for the interurban was near the CB&Q depot in downtown Yorkville.


The F&IU interchanged car load freight with both the CB&Q and the RI in Morris.


In Yorkville passengers could connect with the Aurora, Elgin & Fox River Electric interurban network and onto Chicago. In Morris passenger connections could be made with the Chicago & Illinois Valley interurban.


You can still see much of the old F&IU right-of-way alongside Rt. 47 including its raised roadbed, a place where fill was used to span a stream, and the cement grain silos on one side that once provided revenue. Rt. 47 probably dealt the death blow to this line as farmers could switch to trucks on the paved highway.


The F&IU was sued in 2015 by a farmer looking to reclaim its old ROW-some 77 years after the line stopped operating.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

New Holland, IL: Aban/ICG/(GM&O/C&A vs. IC)


In terms of signaling designs, the only thing older than a gate (nickname: smash board) is when they used to simply run into each other. A 1980 topo map shows the north/south GM&O/C&A route is gone but ICG has not yet torn up the IC route.

John P. Kohlberg posted
Non-Interlocked - Gate Protected Crossing between the GM&O's 4th Subdivision - The Peoria Line and IC's Havana District at New Holland, Ill., in 1970.  View is looking south on the GM&O.
John Fuller Slide.
David Kennedy: Very neat. check out the junction/phone box. would make a nice detailed diorama. thanks for posting.

Larry Candilas commented on John's post
A 1939 aerial on what I learned was the P&N Branch of the GM&O. The Alton got the Springfield north part and the IC got the St Louis south part when Harriman manipulated the St Louis, Peoria and Northern into bankruptcy. That's why the Alton, GM&O called it the Peoria and Northern.

The grain elevator has expanded by building some big bins on the old IC RoW.

Hamilton, IN: Wabash Depot and Old Grain Elevator


Terry Wisel Heintz posted
[Once again, when you see a depot, you see a grain elevator. The boxcars are a reminder that grain was shipped in boxcars until the second half of the 20th Century.]

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Thunder Bay, ON: Superior Elevator


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RailfanWill, Jul 2020

Five of the photos posted by Michael Hull with the comment: "ROBERT S.PIERSON (1974 Canada) arrived at Superior Elevator in Thunder Bay on January 13, 2022.  The vessel was assisted by Point Valour (1958) from Thunder Bay Tug Services."





Dennis DeBruler commented on Michael's post
Thanks for the photos and descriptions. You taught me about another grain elevator in Thunder Bay.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Port Jervis, NY: Erie Railyard and Roundhouses


Tim Starr posted
One of my favorite photographs comes from Port Jervis, NY. The Erie Railroad built the half-circle roundhouse in the mid- to late 1840s. New locomotives quickly outgrew the structure, so they had to build extensions off the back wall. But then more engines were purchased, so around 1875 the full-circle roundhouse was added. The historic half-circle one was torn down not long after this picture was taken, looking towards the Delaware River. The new roundhouse survived until the 1980s when it was destroyed by arson. New York State Archives collection.
The turntable is remarkably still there, but it is certainly hard to tell that Port Jervis was once one of the Erie's primary locomotive terminal sites.
André Hintermann: "Mid to late 1840s" this was very early in the US Railroad history.
Tim Starr: That is true. The earliest record I can find of a roundhouse in this country is 1840. The Erie was one of the first "long" railroads, spanning most of New York State, so it needed more than a few locomotives (even though it wasn't completed to Dunkirk until 1851). Two early roundhouses were built at Piermont by the Erie on the Hudson River, perhaps in 1840. My best guess is that the B&O had the very first roundhouse at the St. Clare shops in Baltimore.
Stephen McKenna: The current "roundhouse" at St. Clare was a carshop. Engine's is torn down. [That would explain why I could not reconcile the photo with a satellite image.]

They did salvage the turntable.
Alexander Tang, Apr 2018

I noticed in the background of the above photo that they seem to have several passenger cars parked there as well.

Port Jervis must be the end of a commuter line and that is a small coach yard.
Mnrr.6131, Nov 2021

Most of the railyard is now trees. The full-circle roundhouse doesn't show up in any of the topo maps I looked at. That is strange.
1942 Port Jervis North Quadrangle @ 1:24,000

Normally, I would skip a photo of a commuter train, especially on the East Coast. But then I realized that these would be the coaches parked in Port Jervis.
Roger Riblett shared a River Rail Photo post
Ripping Through Rutherford. NJ TRANSIT Train 51 is really moving on Friday, January 7, 2022 as it passes through the Rutherford Station on the way to to MTA Metro-North Railroad's Port Jervis Station with GP40PH-2 4109 (CNJ Heritage) leading without stopping. In the background, the Freedom Tower rises from the skyline of New York, New York. The first significant snowfall of the year in the area occurred earlier in the day, and subfreezing temperatures have kept it in place except where the parking lot was plowed for commuters.
Full resolution: [supports purchase of prints]

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Dunkirk, NY: Dunkirk Specialty Steel


"The Dunkirk facility produces finished bar, rod and wire products in a wide variety of specialty steel grades sold to service centers, forgers and original equipment manufacturers. The products are produced from semi-finished long products supplied from the Bridgeville and North Jackson facilities." [UnivStainless]

Dunkirk Specialty Steel via ObserverToday
Mar 2019: "Dunkirk Specialty Steel LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of semi-finished and finished specialty steel products, unveiled several state-of-the-art upgrades and modernization efforts at its Dunkirk facility. These renovations are the result of a $10 million capital investment from parent company Universal Stainless and Alloy Products, Inc., and collaborative efforts by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, City of Dunkirk Department of Development, and NYS Empire State Development."
The equipment comes from Germany and Japan.

Charlie Gimbra posted five photos with the comment: "AL-Tech / Dunkirk Specialty Steel"



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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hamilton, ON: Heddle Shipyard


This is the headquarters of the Heddle Shipyards Co.

For over three decades, Heddle Shipyards’ floating dry docks and production facilities have dominated the waterfront at Pier 14 in Hamilton Harbor. The birthplace of Heddle Shipyards, Pier 14 is home to our corporate headquarters, our project management and engineering offices, three floating dry docks and our fabrication and machine shops.  Located in the heart of the Great Lakes and Ontario’s industrial core, Hamilton Harbour’s strategic location has been a driver in our company’s success.
Floating Dry Dock HM1250’ x 68’ x 18’ over sill @ 3,000 – ton capacity
Floating Dry Dock HM2325’ x 93’ x 23’ over sill @ 6,000 – ton capacity
Combined Capacity9,000 ton
Floating Dry Dock Breton Dock142’ x 64’ x 18’ over sill @ 1,000 – ton capacity
Fabrication and Machine Shops30,000 ft2, 2 x 10 Ton Overhead Crane Capacity
Berthage2,100 ft

Heddle Shipyards posted
Heddle Shipyards is fully booked for the 2022 winter works season. More than 14 dry dockings and alongside refit projects across our Hamilton, St. Catharine’s and Thunder Bay shipyards will support hundreds of jobs across Ontario.
[They chose a photo of their Hamilton yard for this post.]

Dec 15, 2020: Heddle Shipyards posted
Only half way through December and winter works have already begun.  The @coastguardcan Ile St. Ours, @mckeil_marine Wyatt M and the @heddleshipyards Kingfish all up on the blocks in steeltown.

Jul 8, 2020: Heddle Shipyards posted, cropped
Offshore dry docking of the @coastguardcan Martha L Black yesterday in @hopaports Hamilton Harbour.
Bill Flynn: What's the cycle time to lower and lift the drydock?
Mike Hall: Bill Flynn if I remember correctly it’s around 1.5 hours down maybe less, up is slower 2-3 it’s more about position on the blocks and lining the load up so it doesn’t tip or roll. It’s been a while since I worked there but I think my times are close.
[I presume that the ship will now be moved to one of their wharfs for repairs. Once the drydock is raised, a wharf would not need much draft to accommodate a raised dry dock.]

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