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Schiller Park yard

South end Irving Park Road

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Looking north into the Schiller Park yard from near Irving Park Road. The mainline tracks pass in the foreground.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), Rail Yards, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Looking north into the Schiller Park yard from near Irving Park Road. The mainline tracks pass in the foreground.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), Rail Yards, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Looking south from beside Schiller Park yard, with Schiller Park yard South end Irving Park Road at the end of a northbound freight train. Irving Park Road passes under the yard in a viaduct just beyond the signal bridge. A FRED (Flashing Rear End Device) can be seen attached to the rear coupler.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), WC 84552, FRED, Rail Yards, WC, Covered hopper cars, Freight cars, other, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Looking south from beside Schiller Park yard, with Schiller Park yard South end Irving Park Road at the end of a northbound freight train. Irving Park Road passes under the yard in a viaduct just beyond the signal bridge.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), WC 84552, Signal bridges, Rail Yards, WC, Covered hopper cars, Freight cars, Signals, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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An old wood electrical box, no longer in use.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), Rail Yards, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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An old wood electrical box, no longer in use.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), Rail Yards, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Looking north into the Schiller Park yard from near Irving Park Road. The square device in the left foreground is a switch heater and electric switch machine. The aircraft is about to land at nearby O'Hare Airport.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), Rail Yards, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Looking north into the Schiller Park yard from near Irving Park Road. The square device in the left foreground is a switch heater and electric switch machine.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), Rail Yards, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Looking south from beside Schiller Park yard, with Schiller Park yard South end Irving Park Road at the end of a northbound freight train. Irving Park Road passes under the yard in a viaduct just beyond the signal bridge.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), WC 24239, Signal bridges, Rail Yards, WC, Box cars, Freight cars, Signals, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

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Wisconsin Central 24239 Box car at the end of a northbound freight train passing through the Schiller Park yard. Irving Park Road is just behind us. The square device in the left foreground is a switch heater and electric switch machine. A FRED (Flashing Rear End Device) can be seen attached to the rear coupler.

(Schiller Park yard (south end), WC 24239, FRED, Rail Yards, WC, Box cars, Freight cars, other, photographed on 1 October 1999 at Schiller Park yard).     Image size is available.

The Schiller Park yard runs essentially north and south and is west of River Road and east of 25th Avenue. The bulk of the yard is north of Irving Park Road and south of Lincoln Avenue. This former SOO Line yard is now used by the Wisconsin Central. It handles a considerable number of containers, as well as a variety of mixed freight. A few Metra commuter trains pass the yard (on the North Central line) during weekday mornings and afternoons, as well as both slow and fast freights throughout the day.

On the northwest corner of Irving Park Road and the railroad viaduct (underpass, subway) is a small park that provides fairly good views of the yard and passing trains. Do use caution to stay clear of the tracks, as both fast and slow trains operate, and the limit of the park (and the yard) is not clearly indicated. Parking is available on side streets just off of Irving Park Road west of the tracks.

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