commuter train station


Top: Milwaukee Road FP7 101-A crosses Canal Street as it heads into Chicago Union Station.

Bottom: A Pennsy GP7-powered Panhandle freight crosses Canal Street and will run on the though track on the east side of Chicago Union Station.

Early 1960’s

Photos by Frank Hirsch

chromatographic  asked:

I am suddenly curious to know more about Macy's Elevators To Nowhere. Do they literally go nowhere? Do they go somewhere, but nothing is there? Are they even elevators, or are they an otherworldly monstrosity that Macy's is afraid to get rid of?

Because Macy’s took over a department store in a very elderly building (Marshall Field’s), there are a lot of architectural quirks – hidden stairways, strange tiny rooms only accessible from certain areas, decentralized departments, and a ton of escalators and elevators.

Sometimes an area will only have an up escalator, and you have to go to a different area if you want to get down a floor. There are some elevators that only go between the first and seventh floor (where the food court is, but also where certain shopping areas are). There are some elevators that stop at some floors but not others. But there are still DOORS to those elevators on those other floors, and they don’t always have a sign saying “elevators do not stop on this floor”. There appear to be some elevators that don’t work at all, though I  can’t confirm that. It seems as though there are elevators which will take you to a part of the store not accessible from other parts of the store, though because there are walls, mirrors, and escalators in strange places I can’t actually confirm that either. 

For example, if you go to the central fountain court and take the escalators down to the basement, you come immediately face to face with a massive display of prepackaged edible treats (seasonally themed for whatever holiday is around the corner). This display is about twenty feet long and about ten feet deep, and almost completely visually obscures the fact that there is an entire candy store behind it. 

There is a bookstore that comes and goes like some kind of literary Brigadoon; I can never find it when I’m looking for it, only when I’m looking for an exit (which I then am invariably unable to find, once I’ve found the bookstore). 

And yes, there are some floors that appear to be dark, empty, and deserted when you leave the elevator and step onto them. And there’s no guarantee the elevator will return for you. 

Given the chaos and horror of the Macy’s shopping experience, the level of its unpopularity with the locals, and the strange nature of the basement (which connects via a commuter tunnel to several train stations) I suspect there are actually demons trapped in the store, and the layout and transit routes are keeping them from escaping. 


Top: A C&WI combine from the midday commuter train has been left at the Dolton depot on Lincoln Avenue while the RS1 completes a runaround move prior to returning to Dearborn Station.

Bottom: The RS1 has runaround the combine and the markers have been moved to the other end of the car. The train is seen returning to Dearborn Station and is crossing the manually protected crossing at 138th Street.

Photographer unknown (Dan Murray collection)


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Norfolk and Western 1378 with an Orland Park commuter train at Dearborn Station


August 1976


Caption: “A three-photo sequence of Amtrak 63 (ANF Turbotrain as Train 321 for Milwaukee) outbound and Milwaukee Road 54 (F40C) with an inbound commuter on the north leads of Chicago Union Station on August 20, 1976.”


Photos by Marty Bernard