• Downers Grove Yard

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Discussion relating to the BN, and its predecessors GN, NP, CB&Q, SP&S, SL-SF, and their subsidiaries. Visit the Friends of the Burlington Northern for more information.
  by BN7151
 
Does anybody have any information on Downers Grove Yard? I live near there and have seen the old boarded-up "watchtower". I'd appreciate any information from any time period since it was built. I understand it is the only section of the line with five tracks.
  by Engineer Spike
 
Downer's Grove yard used to be for suburban trains. Years ago some of them tied up there. The tower was used in pre CTC days. There was also a 4th main west of there.

  by BN7151
 
There are still three main tracks and two siding tracks left in DG Yard. I rarely see trains tied up there anymore. Is the siding trackage derelict or is it still used occasionally?

  by bones
 
It's been many years since a scoot tied up there. When I was there 11450 used to get in the clear there no and then. I believe that there was, or is a lumber company there.

  by BN7151
 
Yes, Hines Lumber Co. has a spur off of one of the siding tracks.

  by Engineer Spike
 
In my time the yard was mostly used by the local servicing the lumber yard.
Just to correct your wording, Norhtwestern had scoots, we had dinkies.
I have never heard a Q man call a suburban train a scoot.

  by AmtrakFan
 
BN7151,
I can help you with this I live in DG they were used for Commuter Service but Closed in 1952 then eveything went to Aurora the Yard was used for Zone Express here's how they worked one Train Served eveything up until Congress Park then one took Eveything form LaGrandge to DG Main then they had another which took Eveything from Belmont to Aurora I could be wrong but I'm pretty Sure this is Right.

AmtrakFan

  by Engineer Spike
 
Was there a round house there? If not, did the power deadhead to either Clyde or Aurora?

  by AmtrakFan
 
Engineer Spike wrote:Was there a round house there? If not, did the power deadhead to either Clyde or Aurora?
Yes there was a Roundhouse There Mr. Spike.

AmtrakFan
Last edited by AmtrakFan on Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.

  by Hambone
 
It's been a while, but you can still see the bricks from the top of the tower all around the base, after they tore it down, they just left the debris!
I've got a couple pics of the Hines Lumber siding with a freight car or 2. I also have one of a tank car, wonder what that was doing down there?
That was a really busy place at one time. I talked to a BN employee years ago, and he confirmed what you guys said above.
Is the BN Track Dept still located in a small trailer there, or is that gone?

  by AmtrakFan
 
Hambone wrote: Is the BN Track Dept still located in a small trailer there, or is that gone?
Yes it still is there as of Jan 05.

  by Engineer Spike
 
Yes AmtakFan I do know how to spell there, thier, and they're. I even know thEIR uses. I am sory about my typing error, thERE in my last post. As for the members of the forum, I hope that thEY'RE willing to forgive me!

  by AmtrakFan
 
Engineer Spike wrote:Yes AmtakFan I do know how to spell there, thier, and they're. I even know thEIR uses. I am sory about my typing error, thERE in my last post. As for the members of the forum, I hope that thEY'RE willing to forgive me!
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well did you maybe think I'm bad at Grammer Mr. Spike. Note I didn't Fail English.