Ashland Ave yard

Conrail's Ashland Ave yard was Conrail's primary yard in the Chicago area.  While mostly used for intermodal trains, this yard originated several transfer trains and local jobs.  It was also referred to as the "CJ" or Chicago Junction based on the name of a predecessor company that originally built the yard.

Ashland Ave yard office

Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard office in July 1983, originally built for the Chicago Junction Railway Company. This is why folks sometimes still refer to the line around here as the CJ even though this building no longer exists today(2010). Doug Davidson photo with permission

Ashland Ave yard overview

View looking northeast off the Damen Avenue bridge of Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard in Brighton Park, IL on a foggy morning in October 1984. Doug Davidson photo with permission

BN 441 Chicago, IL 04-01-1986

BN SW1000 No. 441 visits Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard in a view looking east from the Damen Avenue bridge in April 1986. Look at all those Conrail Trailvan trailers in the background. Doug Davidson photo with permission

Conrail cattle cars Brighton Park, IL

Not far from the famous Chicago stockyards, these cattle carriers sit on a back track in Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard in October 1984.

CR 1678 at Ashland Ave yard

A set of C&NW light power led by GP50 No. 5053 is seen heading east on the CJ, meeting a Conrail GP15 No.1678 working the west end of Ashland Avenue Yard. The old hump signal still stood in April 1988. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3327 at Ashland Ave yard

As SD50 6768 looks on, an eastbound Conrail grain train led by GP40-2 3327 awaits a crew change at Ashland Avenue Yard in February 1990. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 3350 at Ashland Ave yard

View looking east at the engine terminal where GP40-2 3350 sits with EMD switchers 8922 and 8637 at Ashland Avenue Yard in November 1990. The yard office can be seen across the yard leads and mains. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 5411 at Ashland Ave yard

Conrail GP8 No. 5411 is in front of the Chicago Junction Railway office at Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard in February 1990. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 6189 at Ashland Ave Chicago, IL

Conrail C40-8W No. 6189 leads a westbound double-stack train at the west end of Ashland Avenue Yard, enroute to UP's Global One, in October 1998. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8634 at Ashland Ave yard

C&NW GP7 No. 4297 delivers TOFC traffic to Conrail's Ashland Avenue, while Conrail SW900 No. 8634 watches from the pit in April 1991. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8908 at Ashland Ave yard

In this view looking west of Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard in November 1987, CR 8908 switches cars as the GP35 3657 sits waiting for a call to action. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8942 at Ashland Ave yard

The engine pit at Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard. The usual Conrail switchers, including 8942, are joined by the silver Amtrak CF7 589. The yard office is seen behind in this view from April 1986. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR 8943 Brighton Park, IL

Conrail switcher 8943and transfer hack 18466(a class N11)in Ashland Avenue Yard from the Damen Avenue bridge in October 1984. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CR Ashland Ave yard Chicago, IL

Conrail's "Chicago Junction" Ashland Avenue Yard in July 1983. View looking west at Ashland Avenue. The engine terminal is to the left. Doug Davidson photo with permission

CRL train at CR Ashland Ave yard

View looking east from the Damen Avenue bridge of Conrail's Ashland Avenue Yard. In the center of the photo, a CWP&S(Chicago, West Pullman & Southern - a CRL predecessor) caboose marks the rear of a Chicago Rail Link transfer preparing to depart from the east end of the yard in October 1994. Doug Davidson photo with permission

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