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Official Company Archive Photos: Aerial Photos
This page focuses on aerial photos of various locations along the railroad. These photos are not to be used in any way, without the consent of the site owner.

Subject: Eastbound Train on Eastern Sub
Location: New Lenox
Date: 1968?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: An all orange Center Cab is leading the train. The train is about to cross Gougar Road. Back of photo says: "Train #42 enroute to Gary in Eastern Will County".


Subject: Bridge at Shoe Factory Road Woods
Location: North of Spaulding, IL
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: This bridge is located on the Western Sub main, North of Irving Park Road. First shot looks north. Second shot is looking west.

       

Subject: Armak Industrial Chemicals and Various Plants
Location: East Morris, IL
Date: 1972?
Credit: RJS?

Notes: First shot is looking northeast across the plants on the East Morris leg of the Illinois River Line. Second shot looks east back towards the IRL main, and shows Alumax at the top right, then Northern Petro Chemical across from it on the opposite side of the tracks. Then on the lower left is Armax.

       

Subject: Collins Power Plant Construction
Location: East Morris, IL
Date: 1972? Credit: Unknown

Notes: These two shots show the construction of the Collins natural gas generating plant, which was at the South end of Heidecke Lake. The plant has since been torn down. The EJ&E had a branch off the IRL that came to the plant, on a peninsula that ran down the middle of the lake. The track is still there and has been used in the past to store power company coal gons.

       

Subject: Reichhold Chemicals Plant on Illinois River Line
Location: East Morris
Date: 1972?
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This is the plant on the west side of the IRL, just south of the Illinois River. The EJ&E bridge over the river can be seen in the upper right, and down at the bottom, you can see where they were starting to build the new branch line to the Collins generating plant, which was under construction.


Subject: Crossover Bridge at Brisbane
Location: New Lenox, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shows the bridge over the EJ&E, for what is today a Metra line. Back then it was the N&W line to St Louis.


Subject: Inland Steel and EJ&E Lakefront Line
Location: 10/18/1968
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot shows the south side of massive Inland plant.You can barely make out where the EJ&E main is, by finding the odd high tension power tower on the far left of the photo, which is shaped like a house. The track ran under that. On the right near the lake is where the J had yard tracks to exchange cars with Inland. The main was next to those.


Subject: American Bridge Company, Kirk Yard and US Steel - Gary Works
Location: Gary, IN
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: The first shot shows the American Bridge Co., right next to the highway. To the right is the top half of Kirk Yard. The top part of USS can be seen in the upper right. On the second shot, the roundhouse at Kirk Yard is in the middle. The middle area of USS is seen at the top. The very last bridge at the bottom is the EJ&E Gary City Track. The third shot shows the mid section of Kirk Yard, with the top part of USS just behind it.

   

Subject: Stockton Jct. Area and Dean Mitchell Power Plant
Location: Gary, IN
Date: Unknown
Credit: RJS?

Notes: This is looking North. The track going over two bridges is the EJ&E East Sub main just west of Kirk Yard. The track curving downhill to the right is the Gary City Track branch. Just above the long bridge, you can see where the track splits to the Lakefront Line on the left and Kirk Yard on the right. The power plant is up next to the lake.


Subject: Ford Stamping Plant
Location: Chicago Heights, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: RJS?

Notes: Seen back in it's heyday.


Subject: Superior Match Company
Location: Frankfort, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: RJS?

Notes: Located off Maple Street. This is looking west. Not much else happening around there back then.


Subject: Buffington Harbor
Location: Gary, IN
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This was before the rest of the fill had been done to the east. This was a cement making plant, owned by many groups, but originally started by a subsidiary of USS. They used limestone from Michigan (brought on ships) and slag from the mills. You can see where they had an impressive high-line there. All of the buildings in the left half were apparently torn down in the 90's. The bottom of the photos are stamped: "Kaufmann & Fabry Co. - Chicago"

   

Subject: US Steel - Waukegan Works
Location: Waukegan, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This has been all cleaned up, and is just a big field now. This shot basically looks northwest.


Subject: Gary Sheet & Tin - US Steel - Gary Works
Location: Gary, IN
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This is the western-most section of USS Gary. This shot basically looks northeast.


Subject: US Steel - South Works
Location: South Chicago, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: Like many other mills, this property is now a large empty field. At one point, EJ&E ran trains along the Lakefront Line daily, between Gary Works and South Works. Some of those trains carried hot ingots and other special loads.


Subject: US Steel - Joliet Works
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This is looking north at the old USS Joliet Works. This plant sat west of East Joliet Yard. You can see Bridge 198 for the EJ&E Western Sub main up at the top. The tracks that curve down from the middle right of the photo and go along the bottom of the mill, are the tracks that came out of EJ&E's H Yard.


Subject: US Steel - Gary Works
Location: Gary, IN
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot is looking north and shows the better part of the mill. Half of the coke facility area is out of the shot, below the ship basin. Kirk Yard can be seen up at the top left. Just to the right of that is the Gary Sheet & Tin area. This was Gary Works at it's peak. Much of the central area buildings are now gone.


Subject: American Bridge Company
Location: Gary, IN
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot look northeast. You can see Kirk Yard in the background, and then the Gary Sheet and Tin facility. Notice the large yard full of bridge pieces and the impressive administration building in the lower right.


Subject: East Joliet Yard
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: Unknown
Credit: Unknown

Notes: This shot basically looks Southeast. Most buildings were still standing at this time. However the yard looks little empty.


Subject: East Joliet Yard
Location: Joliet, IL
Date: Unknown Credit: Unknown

Notes: The first shot is looking north from the south end of the yard. A VO-1000 can be seen under the bridge. The second shot is looking to the southwest.

       


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