2 Trains & Abandoned Railroad into Building

Updated : Sep 18, 2019 in Articles

2 Trains & Abandoned Railroad into Building

Hello ladies & gentlemen, RailROL82 here, your railroad archaeologists so these are my last few videos from my
trip to Chicago in May you’re gonna see two trains the first one is the L train
the second one is the metro train and then you’re gonna see an abandoned road
right discovered right next to those tracks it goes right into a building but
if you go back in the Google Maps or three view to 2007 you can see it was a
parking lot there I wonder what it was served what was here before then if
anybody is from Chicago or knows please comment below I’d love to know and if
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like this as I upload them Wednesdays and Sunday mornings alright thank you
guys enjoyed the video and beeps leave me some comments below you hello ladies examine royally to here
coming to you from downtown Chicago oh that’s a Trump Tower and this is why
there goes our healthy everything they’re so rustic it’s all
old everything is made of steel you can see the rivets from the turn of the
century you see the the Tizer and then that’s all the Trump Towers in
the back they give your feet so this is faithful
facing north here that’s the other elevated train track
someone include the Google Maps into this location so you guys can follow
along they are look at these I mean I wish you guys really see it
this is American craftsmanship Alex bus you the three track crossing the WCA is a gate mechanism wrs signal is there you have the
emergency contact info WC haze ice these three types WC a mechanical Bell but we have the same setup on this side
it is a WRs signal pings you can see better actually to double on it the WCS on this
side and wrs on the other side a WC A’s game mechanism WCA sights my favorite
visors and WCA is accountable now I don’t know what tribe you this is lost
my sense of direction play I guess this is either north or south because the
sun’s there and it’s past noon time so north or south and then another yourself
then you got the really piece of that well yeah look at all these old
buildings guys though bridges you beautiful old city is a lot of oil and
teach you okay guys so you just saw the Metro at
this crossing and then this is a little surprise so I have a video of walk along on this prison that I did and
I saw something that had been filmed on that video which I wanted to introduce
you know so you guys remember that brother I walked along there was a there
was another spurt coming out of that one which I know I’m gonna have to look upon
upon historic area so I can’t see where it went to right here so that over there is a main
square box okay yeah okay so this bird
I made a walk along video of its period that’s that touch that bridge so I want
to show you guys one that came out of this it came out of it like right over
there there’s a big muddy puddle here so I’m gonna go on it what I’m going to do
the next best thing voila look at this these who knows where these tracks
wonder how far they went right now there’s a building but yeah I mean over
there I can’t see where they might emerge but we’ll give it our best shot
so they go this way you can see the invitation on the on the
pavement here but yeah no this is completely gone on this side forget
about it this is the saddest part of being a railroad archaeologist and you
see there’s no traces of all the tracks is right away completely cover it up so
let’s head back that way all right look I love this bridge all
the runs you can just see the smell the oldness on it the other was considered and then Sookie so yeah that old sprayer that we found
sit up in joining it somewhere roughly about here
so it’s either dug up on beneath all this or they pulled them i’m guessing
they pulled because I don’t even see a switch down there anything that was
soared over there and I’m guessing that those rails right there are the ones
that used to belong to it that were posed yes siree Bob all right you guys thank you for coming
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guys I’ll see you bye bye


  • I love those old abandoned Spurs and just trying to imagine the old train inching along on them. Nice find, those old elevated rail systems are pretty cool too!!

  • Thanks for the interesting video. Chicago is an older city. As it has grown, over time, it's a safe bet to say, many changes to all the different modes of rail transportation and usage, have come about. Older tracks fade away, with new ones taking there place. That can be said about many other places, as well. What I would like to see, is if you, and others, who document railroads, and the like, for BRAND NEW tracks being placed. Not replacement rail, but areas that didn't have tracks before. I know freight and passenger traffic rail, can be built to bypass a city or an area for many reasons. We see main lines, go right thru cities, especially smaller cities. Vehicle traffic has to stop for them. Sometimes those situations, are changed, with a new route, that will bypass that old route. Hopefully, we"re building more newer routes and spurs for the railroads. We need the railroads. Not only for freight, but for passenger traffic as well. Thanks again!

  • There’s one less antique (old relic) in Chicago now that I am gone!

    On Wabash Avenue El (elevated.) In 1977 I was in the first floor cafeteria of the Loop College listening to the band play the theme from Mannix. The old building at Wabash and Lake is still there, but the school was rebuilt across the street (now called Harold Washington College.)
    All of the sudden there was a huge boom! And the fire alarm went off. Everyone thought one of the rickety old overcrowded elevators had fallen, but when we went outside…..


  • The abandoned spur was to the Chicago Sun Times (newspaper) building.. The elevated tracks that goes over the Metra/CP tracks, is the UP/Metrarail tracks that goes to Elgin, IL.

  • Not from Chicago, but I think that line might have gone to the Blommer Chocolate company. They still have a spur, with a tank car, next to there building there as seen near the end of the video. Nice video! Did you get chance to see the St. Charles Air Line Bridge or the B&OCT Bascule Bridge while in Chicago?

  • Awesome video, there probably is more abandoned spurs that you haven't seen yet. There's are so many tracks that go everywhere in chicago.

  • Hey bro we have a few old railroad tracks abandoned here In Cullman Alabama down town where I live you should check it out.

  • thanx, always find your videos interesting, especially the old spurs, where they use to be, go, the remnants of them….good historic stuff….makes me wonder how it use to be👍

  • Okay RailROL82 here is some historical and conteporary information for you on what happened and currently happens in the area where you caght the METRA train. The METRAa train that you saw came from the north end of Union Station in Chicago. These tracks originally belonged to the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). Before its bankrupcy in the early 1980s and before Amtrak, all Milwaukee Road passenger and commuter trains came in and out of Union Station at this point and headed west (west was the direction you were looking at when you said you said you were looking north). Above you on the elevated tracks are the ex-Chicago & North Western tracks to and from the C&NW's Madison Street Station Now Ogilvie Transportation Center). Madison Street Station was opened in 1911 and replaced the C&NW's Wells Street Station. The Merchandise Mart is now located were the Wells STreet Station used to be. The Wells Street Station was located east of the Kinzie Street railroad bridge which you featured in a previous video. The ex-Milwaukee Road tracks and the ex-Chicago & North WEstern tracks meet on the elevated tracks at Noble Street Crossing west of where you were making this video. The tracks proceed west through Western Avenue Crossing where the ex-Milwaukee Road tracks cross the ex-C&NW tracks. The ex-C&NW tracks (now owned by Union Pacifc) proceed west to and through Proviso Yard in Melrose Park, Ilinois on west to Omaha, Nebraska. The ex-Milwaukee Road tracks turn in a northwesternly direction after the Western Avenue Crossing and then come to a junction where the tracks split with one set of tracks heading west through Chicago and western suburbs to Bensensville Yard then on to Elgin, Illinois where the commuter trains ended. Another line of tracks headed north through Chicago and the northern suburbs to Rondout Crossing near Libertyvilee, Illinois where the commuter trains went to Fox Lake, Illinois and the rest of the track headed north to Milwaukee then the Twin Cities and on to the Pacific Coast.

    Getting back to your abandoned tracks under the ex-Chicago & North Western elevated tracks. These tracks are most likely ex-Chicago & North WEstern tracks that headed to the freight line that ended at Navy Pier. The C&NW had a small railyard on ground level at DesPlaines Street to serve the industries that were along this line to Navy Pier and for freight cars that needed to connect with lake freighters that used to load and unload at Navy Pier long before Navy Pier became the tourist attraction that it is today.

    Those METRA tracks where you caught the METRA commuter train are the Milwaukee District of METRA. The commuter trains that run on these tracks are the Milwaukee District -North trains to Fox Lake, Illinois, the Milwaukee District-West line to Elgin, Illiinois and the North Central Districts trains to Antiock, Illinois. Up on the ex-Chicago & North Western tracks, METRA runs commuter trains on the Union Pacific-West line, the Union Pacific-North line and the Union Pacific-Northwest line. At the curve of the tracks where you were looking at the abandoned tracks at ground level, the Union Pacifc-West Line METRA trains head west and the Union Pacific-North line and the Union Pacific-Northwest line heads north to Clybourn Junction about two plus miles north of where you were standing. The METRA Union Pacific commuter line heads through Chicago's western suburbs and ends at Elburn, Illinois. At Clybourn Junction the Union Pacific-Northwest line heads northwest paralleling the Kenndy Expressway (Interstae 90)through Chicago and then through Chicago's Northwest suburbs to Harvard, Illinois where the commuter trains terminate. The Union Pacific-North line heads through the north suburbs of Chicago to Waukegan and Zion, Illinois and on the Kenosha, Wisconsin where communter opterations terminate. The Union Pacific tracks continue on to Milwukee, Wisconsin and then on to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Many years ago, there was a junction on the Northwest line at Crystal Lake, Ililnois where the Chiago & North Western and later METRA ran commuter and passenger trains. The passenger trains went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and originally terminated in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The C&NW passenger trains were cut back to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Eventually the passenger trains werer discontinued. I do not remember if the commuter trains went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I do know that the commuter trains terminated in Richmond, Illinois even after METRA took over the commuter service in the early 1980s. The commuter service to Richmond, Illinois was eventually abandoned by METRA.

    In addition to the METRA Milwaukee District trains and the North Central District trains, Amtrak uses the three ground level tracks for its trains to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Those Amtrak trains have an engine on both ends of the train because there are no facilities in Milwukee, Wisconsin to turn an engine. These Amtrak trains to Milwwaukee run frequently between Chicago and Milwaukee and are referred to as Hiawatha trains as homage to the Milwaukee Road's famed Hiawatha passenger trains.

  • Great video RailRol I love ur awesome videos u always discover the ideas on abandon tracking….I can tell it was a track

    what use to be a track now its a building

  • Wow, that’s really cool, do u know the sears tower was build and the tallest building in world at 1973 after World Trade Center twin towers were. Love how u catch a metra

  • In Albany New York there was a giant refrigerated warehouse that the train used to push refrigerated box cars into when I was a kid.
    It was fun watching the train come across the bridge over the Hudson River and back into the warehouse on the 2nd or 3rd floor.
    We had a farmers market in menands New Yorkthat had its own rail yard and the trains would come with box cars and they would unload every day.

  • I wanted to film Metra trains when I was in Chicago last fall on Clinton St and Canal St but never did cause I didn't have time sadly. Maybe next time I go down, I'll have to do that since that there is a railfan paradise with lots of Metra trains daily.

  • I can't see a picture or video of the L in Chicago without thinking about the Blues Brothers. Jake – "How often does the train go by?" Elwood – "So often that you won't even notice." And as far as the disconnected spur that leads to the new building, looking at USGS maps, there was a yard there that belonged to the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, it ran along the south side of Kinzie Street and was there when the 1984 map was made – https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ht-bin/tv_browse.pl?id=d6de4ca7b20e36e66a7fd56e983b5b31 by the time the map was updated in '93 https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ht-bin/tv_browse.pl?id=aa748b63c4748bc55d5b1d0a6c0d3066 it was gone. The west end of the yard began at Halsted St., the east end was under the L. As always, good stuff, keep it up!

  • The Canal St. curve from the north side of Union Station ducking under the approach to The Ogilvie Transportation Center (formerly Northwestern Station). Extremely tight flange squealer of a curve.

  • Awesome video! I'm glad that crossing still has mechanical bells. Almost makes me forget what they sound like. Very interesting information. Hope you have more of this😄

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