Saturday, July 20, 2024

Melvin, IL: IC Depot


It is extant, but no street view driver has gone into this town.

Raymond Storey posted
Colin Harding: According to my 1940 Official Guide on the IC.
Dennis DeBruler: It appears to be extant:

There were a couple of grain elevators in this town.
1940 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

As is typical with Illinois railroad towns, the grain elevators have grown into an ag service company.

Raymond Storey posted
Dennis DeBruler shared
This IC depot is extant.
Dennis DeBruler: Fortunately, I remembered that Facebook can't handle a link in the description of a share before I posted. Here is that link:

Ken Morrison commented on Raymond's post

Sparta, WI: Trail Head/C&NW Depot

(Satellite, 58 photos)

Street View, Oct 2012

Thomas Rambis posted
The Chicago & North Western RR Depot in Sparta, WI.  Looking a bit worn out, this photograph was taken in May 1975 years before the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce made it the Visitors Center for the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail and renovated this depot in 1992.  Original photograph by Thomas Rambis.
Pete Kranz: Depending on what month the photo was taken, the CNW Wyeville - Winona main was still intact. Later in '75, a wreck at Medary Jct resulted in the diamonds being removed, with the CNW utilizing the Milwaukee between Tunnel City and Medary (later, after spring of 1980, Milwaukee all the way). However, they still serviced Sparta customers. When the line was abandoned, they did keep little service "islands", such as Ft McCoy, Sparta, and Gateway/Reinhart Foods in LaCrosse. By 2011, UP had dried up what little was left, and removed their industry spur tracks - except Ft McCoy - from the CP main.
Jim Kelling shared
Sparta Wisconsin (C&NW depot)

There is still a track on the route.
Street View, Aug 2012

1949/49 Sparta Quad @ 62,500

Friday, July 19, 2024

Reedsburgh, WI: Trailhead/C&NW Depot and Wood Grain Elevator

Depot: (Satellite, 28 photos)
Feed Mill: (Satellite, 31 photos)

The C&NW route is abandoned west of here. WSOR serves this town.

Street View, Oct 2012

Larry Kraemer posted
Reedsburg, Chicago & Northwestern Depot. Sent on August 5, 1909 to Janesville.
Jim Kelling shared
Reedsburg Wisconsin (C&NW depot)

Trent Briggs commented on Larry's post

Street View, Oct 2012

The town has some rail-served industries. There was even a switcher in town.

I couldn't find any grain storage in this town, but it has a lot of fertilizer supply including three hoppers spotted on its siding.

Darlington, WI: Museum/Milwaukee Depot

(Satellite, 6 photos)

Street View, May 2023

Bryan Much posted three photos with the comment: "Darlington depots (passenger and freight). 1889."



Barb Nemec commented on Bryan's post
Thanks so much for sharing! But have you seen our caboose under restoration?

1962/64 Darlington Quad @ 24,000

Eland, WI: Museum/C&NW Depot

(Satellite, 18 photos)

2 of 3 photos posted by Trent Briggs with the comment:
Eland, Wisconsin 
CNW Depot
Circa 1964 / 2020
The trains no longer pass through Eland, Wisconsin, but they were a daily occurrence from 1875 to the late 1970’s.
Many folks would ride the passenger trains to Eland and points beyond, enjoying the north woods and waters of this great state.
Rod Ostrowski: Some nights the Switch Engine would switch out 600 cars the big freight trains from Green Bay, Marshfield, Appleton, and Ashland would meet at Eland to drop cars off and pick cars up. Also had Way freight a going to Wausau, and Appleton. I was the last Section Foreman at Eland
Scott Wright: Eland was an important junction on the C&NW with lines going in five directions, and a large yard with its own switcher locomotive. In the early 20th century passenger trains would make a long lunch stop at Eland for passengers to disembark and eat at the restaurant.
John Kronschnabl: I was the operator at Eland when about six hoppers derailed and almost killed me. If the cars hadn’t bounced off the old passenger platform that depot and me would have been toast. When is Eland days I might try to get there. I have a several pictures of the place.
Steven Hooker shared
Rick Burn: Looks like a Roger Puta photo from September 1964.
Stu Greene: Very busy location at the time.


1954/56 Wittenberg Quad @ 48,000

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Little Falls, NY: Lost Wood Grain Elevator with Marine Leg on Erie Canal

(Satellite, the land has changed too much for me to determine the exact location.)

Today, the four locks that were in this town have been replaced by Lock #17. When it was built in 1915, that 40.5' (12m) high lock had the highest lift in the world.

Cori Willson posted two images with the comment: "Joshua Judson Gilbert's grain mill in Little Falls, dated 1864, was equipped with an overhead conveyor that brought grain straight from the Erie Canal boats to his mill to manufacture starch. The grain elevator was located between old locks 36 & 37, I believe that's today's Goat Island between the  elevator and lock 37. When the Barge Canal was built the water level was raised significantly which created the small island."

1890s Enlarged Erie Canal map

Little Falls NY Historical Society Museum commented on Cori's post
The Gilbert's Starch Elevator was used as a cement mixer during the construction of the Barge Canal | Circa 1909

Cori Wilson commented on the above comment
 I have that one too, progress photos from the State Archives:)

Hudson River Lightkeeper commented on Cori's post

Cori provided seven more images as comments on the second photo.







Chris Peters commented on the second video
This view of the elevator in this photo seems to be here:

The view provided by the link in the above comment by Chris

Aaron Palmer commented on the second photo

Little Falls NY Historical Society Museum posted
Red Arrow- is the location of Lock 36, Green Arrow is the location of Lock 37, Blue Arrow- is the location of Lock 38, and Yellow Arrow- is the location of Lock 39 | Orange marks the Enlarged Erie Canal of 1862.

Little Falls NY Historical Society Museum posted
1811 Briggs Map | The Blue Arrows mark what became known as Loomis Island and the mile long feeder canal, which had a drop of 40 feet in elevation to harness waterpower for Colonel Peter Bellinger's Mill, which is marked on the map as "Mill" | The Red Arrows mark Seeley Island | The Green Arrows mark what became known as Moss Island | The Pink Dotted line marks the Route of the 1795 Western Inland Lock Navigation Canal, which followed the original path of the 1720s portage of the Little Carrying Place | The Yellow Dotted line is the proposed path of the 1825 Erie Canal.

1900/1900 Little Falls Quad @ 62,500

Ness City, KS: Santa Fe Depot and Wood Grain Elevator

Depot: (Satellite)
Wood Elevator: (Satellite)

Rocky Myrtle posted
Tax Write-offs
 ​I arrived at Ness City in eighty-one. There were eleven depot agents then. In a few years they started cutting their jobs. One by one they were gone except for one at Great Bend. ​The buildings were all there, just no agents. Then they started going to each empty depot and were installing state or the art systems in those empty depots. Gone were the Morse code looking wire senders. ​I came in the Ness City depot one afternoon and he was just finishing his install. There was no agent, and this made no sense. We did have a computer but that was it. They installed it after the agent job was abolished. ​It went into the new year. That new equipment just sat in every empty depot gathering dust. ​One day the man who installed the equipment was removing everything he had put in the year before. I asked him what he was doing. He said removing all the equipment from each depot. ​I asked why. He said it was all installed knowing it would never be used, but it was a tax write-off for Santa Fe.

Dennis DeBruler commented on Rocky's post
The depot and the wood grain elevator are extant.