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ATSF 101, an EMD FP45, brand new at Corwith Yard, Chicago, IL on January 17, 1968.  Photo by Roger Puta

Steam era action at Corwith Yards. A Santa Fe freight train about to leave for the West Coast, March, 1943.  Jack Delano, Library of Congress

BNSF's Corwith Intermodal Facility in March, 2018.
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ATSF Officers, Mr, Maish, Chairman; Mr. Reed, President; official of Essex Wire; Mr. Caiazza, VP-Traffic; Mr, Shelton, VP-Operations, inaugural of Super C train Corwith Yard on Jan. 17, 1968.  Photo by Roger Puta.

ATSF 101, an EMD FP45, brand new at Corwith Yard, Chicago, IL on January 17, 1968. Photo by Roger Puta
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BNSF's Corwith Intermodal Facility in March, 2018.

By formulanone from Huntsville, United States - Corwith Intermodal Facility Chicago, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72632141

Steam era action at Corwith Yards. A Santa Fe freight train about to leave for the West Coast, March, 1943. Jack Delano, Library of Congress
ATSF Officers, Mr, Maish, Chairman; Mr. Reed, President; official of Essex Wire; Mr. Caiazza, VP-Traffic; Mr, Shelton, VP-Operations, inaugural of Super C train Corwith Yard on Jan. 17, 1968. Photo by Roger Puta.
Modern-day action at BNSF Corwith rail yard, with downtown Chicago in background, January 23, 2017.
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Modern-day action at BNSF Corwith rail yard, with downtown Chicago in background, January 23, 2017.

By Richard Hurd from Green Bay, USA - BNSF Corwith rail yard with downtown Chicago in background 01-23-2017, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72632250

Corwith Yard
Corwith Yards, a railroad intermodal freight terminal located at Pershing Road (39th Street) and Kedzie Avenue in the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, in the neighborhood of Brighton Park, is a landmark in the history of railroad freight transport. At the time it was built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1887, it was the world's largest railway yard. With adjacent parking and buildings it covers nearly a square mile of land. In the late 19th century Corwith Yards was the end of the line for trains of livestock loaded at AT&SF stations such as Dodge City, Kansas, and bound for the Union Stock Yards, as well as grain and other cargo from the western United States.

Now called the Corwith Intermodal Facility, it now handles much more freight than it did in its 19th-century heyday, for the BNSF Railway, mostly in the form of shipping containers. Corwith container cranes load approximately 1,900 containers per day. Human Intelligence systems are used to sort and route the containers.

See also:

AT&SF Railway

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