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Bensenville Yard: 1943
« on: December 31, 2012, 09:44:48 AM »
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There are a lot of cool things to see in this photo:

http://www.shorpy.com/node/6007?size=_original#caption

Good weathering reference here:

http://www.shorpy.com/node/6969?size=_original#caption

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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2012, 11:37:43 AM »
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Wow. That pic of the roundhouse and leads tells a big story in itself of how filthy railroading was back then. You just don't get that from similar B&W pictures.

The yard shot also shows how little color there was. There are some dirty reefer yellows in there, but that's about it.

Robyn calls this "schmutz", and, according to her, weathering cars is "schmutzing".  :facepalm:
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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 11:56:12 AM »
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Are my eyes deceiving me or is the steam locomotive at top center in the first picture actually trapped on that stub siding?  In fact, I can't even see evidence of where that siding was recently cut!  How long has that locomotive been sitting there?

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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012, 12:56:38 PM »
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DFF -
Despite not seeing evidence of piping, it is conceivable that the Lokie in question is used as a stationary boiler for the roundhouse?
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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2012, 01:05:43 PM »
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In studying that (utterly fascinating) image, I wonder if the siding was cut, and then the switch and track leading up to it was dragged laterally. Look how the rail ends are parallel, and how the track past the switch points is twisted and kinked-looking, as well as the appearance of disturbed earth to the right of the presumably shifted track. I wonder then if part of the new track going in will connect to that siding eventually. There's so much going on in this shot!
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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2012, 01:38:02 PM »
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There's so much going on in this shot!

Including the guy in the center of the photo who appears to be taking a leak.  :trollface:

Seriously though, great photo.

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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2012, 01:50:54 PM »
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I never tire of seeing this photo. I have always wondered what problem they were trying to fix.  It's not like they ran out of #7 turnouts at the hobby store and they had to readjust the track geometry! I assume this was to increase efficiency but the previous layout seemed okay. Maybe they just needed to keep the guys busy!?

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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2012, 02:03:57 PM »
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Not much left... http://binged.it/130wEC2
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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2012, 02:06:57 PM »
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Not much left... http://binged.it/130wEC2

Very interesting, small, modelable intermodal operations at the end of the yard,

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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2012, 02:15:49 PM »
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Not much left... http://binged.it/130wEC2

Sigh...that is the story of the Milwaukee Road. Here is all that is left of the famed Milwaukee Shops.
http://binged.it/WbhlRk

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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012, 03:32:58 PM »
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Sigh...that is the story of the Milwaukee Road. Here is all that is left of the famed Milwaukee Shops.
http://binged.it/WbhlRk

Best wishes, Dave
Looks like you can at least get track side . . .
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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2012, 09:29:40 PM »
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What stuck out to me was all the bright red ventilators on the roundhouse.  Is that unusual or a standard practice?

In the other photo what sticks out is those richly colored yellow reefers. They look like they were just taken out of giant Micro Trains boxes!  :D
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Re: Bensenville Yard: 1943
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 05:10:05 AM »
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What's equally fascinating to anyone familiar with the area is all the farmland. Looks like a good place to build a giant airport!