OLD Chicago Tribune Railroad Crossing
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OLD Chicago Tribune Railroad Crossing

August 14, 2019

hello ladies and gentlemen, Railrol82 here
railroad archaeologist so here just a few things from the Chicago River it is
an ancient railroad crossing and she right there the backlight probably
doesn’t let you see very well I’m gonna go to the other one there’s an ancient
one on the other side as well yeah this actually has LED lights so it’s a safe
train write it up there this is not sure on the manufacturer ya see
penny grow so it’s an old I’m guessing the friggin 1970s or 80s model
cantilever but the one on that side is ancient
that’s 350 BC so this year’s the Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune follow the gap so this thing was going
Street between is going streetlights in the country here we have a crossing fibular colada
Chicago Tribune it has a cloud of safe transit some signal base they’ve been LED lights back there they
serve why apologize and then a Union Pacific emergency contact them for here all right now let me show you the
ancient bossing on this yeah you guys I know people need to stop
the stop signs you okay the struggle is real guys not always on
Victor grammar my world so there you have it look at that just sit back and take in
all that old news this is a wrs right here has any lights on the inside and here we
have a safe ten sigma v’s we try nice so yeah this is a wrs
bracket sorry sit and let me give you the track I said I
spend working with that that way that’s going to the old abandoned dog tried to
don’t want to use anyone there is a reader case right there and
switch the target if you look at the old buildings running
there’s actually some other tankers there in the distance so yeah there’s the Chicago River
there’s a drawbridge on this Avenue right there
it’s a kind of room that say beauty absolute beauty you have the Salvation Army in the back
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  • Reply DouglasP201 May 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    That's cool, I've never seen a crossing like that! Nice find ROL82!! 😀

  • Reply level crossing spotter May 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm


  • Reply Ethan the Railfanner May 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Nice video, as always!

  • Reply Taslim Chaudhry May 22, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Nice Video. 🇮🇳

  • Reply Dziad TV May 22, 2019 at 2:31 pm


  • Reply Genesee County Railfanning Productions May 22, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Really Like That old Cantilever!
    Plus, Ever Heard of a "1 Track" Sign? Lol

  • Reply Shannon Thompson May 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Cool Video, I live an hour away from Chicago, New to your Channel and i do enjoy Video keep up the great work

  • Reply Castle Rock RAIL FAN May 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    very Awesome old grade crossing signal 🙂 railrol82

  • Reply TheRobdock May 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Wow!! This was an awesome crossing!! Very interesting how there’s 2 different very old cantilevers!! Those are my favorite!! The crossing is definitely used, just probably not frequently. I haven’t been to Chicago in 4 years, BEST place for railroad crossings since chicago is America’s crossroads for railroads! And it’s a Drawbridge City, only types that span the Chicago River!! With the first being a double deck bascule on Lake Shore Dr!!

  • Reply Curt Nicholson May 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    The rails looked slightly used yet, I wonder if they still receive their huge tools of paper by rail in boxcars? It looks like you had to take your life into your own hands trying to get across the street. I hope your loving being in Chicago!

  • Reply Tim Daugherty May 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Your on a road trip!! That’s great stuff Love ole relics like that !!

  • Reply Gametrain Productions May 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Been meaning to get up there, great video!

  • Reply James Stallings May 22, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for posting !!!

  • Reply mark m May 22, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Cool, big city crossing! stressed out driver at 3:18🤣🤣

  • Reply 12 Volts May 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    My most Floridian < is that a word? Railway archaeologist.

  • Reply Chessie The Railfanning Cat May 22, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Nice video, btw there's a lot of a banned railroads in Chicago, I found some locates in Chicago I can send some google map links to you if you would like to check them out?

  • Reply Doug Cowern May 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    It looks like at some point there may have been a signal in the median on the one side with the old cantilever signal /flasher . Perhaps taken out by a vehicle at some point ? I say that because there is a grassy area ( in the median ) that is in alignment with that cantilever and flasher combo . As always great video my friend .

  • Reply Jamestheredenginefan1994 May 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    cool crossing video.

  • Reply BNSF- Railfan34 May 22, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    The first cantilever that you viewed is a safetran cantilever.

  • Reply Bryant's Railfan Productions May 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome crossing! Intresting "1 track" sign!

  • Reply Joel Christensen May 22, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Awesome stuff man!

  • Reply GhostlyPlayz94 May 22, 2019 at 5:15 pm


  • Reply Roblox Rocc May 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    my neck of the woods when i'm there 🙂

  • Reply w8lifter1 May 22, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    that track use to run all the way to the water filtration plant just north of Navy Pier.

  • Reply w8lifter1 May 22, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Check out the old RR bridge over the Chicago River.I think it is still there

  • Reply Martha Gutierrez May 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Very nice. Ty

  • Reply Floridian Railfan May 22, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Oh my gosh that is OLD! Awesome find!

  • Reply Musicman The FAM May 22, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Pretty cool old crossing!

  • Reply E.M. Larson May 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    LOTS of rail. Under, on and elevated lines roll all around that city. I remember an "L" stop that left you off in the Marshall Fields store basement. Marshall Fields got bought out by Macy's, maybe the stop is still in the basement of some stores down on State Street, IDK for sure. There were even other below ground rail lines that took care of deliveries, trash and other services. You can bet your last $ that there is ALOT of rail history in that town. Did you find Union Station or the Ogilvie Transportation Center (it was the Chicago and North Western Station) yet? Need to get around the city? Call 1-312-836-7000, tell them where you are and where you want to go and they will direct you to the correct bus, train, trolly whatever it takes to get you around the City and the surrounding suburbs. I live in FL now but lived in the Chicagoland area for over 50 years. I miss all the mass transportation and the good food. Neither are here in Florida, LOL! HAPPY TRAILS!

  • Reply Walter elcanalla May 22, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Super video 👍

  • Reply E.M. Larson May 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    There are a ton of rail on the land, below ground and also elevated all around the city and the suburbs. Need to get somewhere and don't want to take your car (and pay unreal parking fees)? Just call the RTA: 312-836-7000 and tell them where you are and where you want to go and they will find you a route using mass transportation (bus, rail, trolley etc). I lived in the Chicagoland area over 50 years, I remember a stop on the "L" subway on State Street that was in the basement of the Marshall Field Store. There are even older rails under the city that were used for deliveries, services, trash removal etc. Did you find the Ogilvie Transportation Center (was the Chicago & North Western Station before) or Union Station? Lots of history there. Look for the GARRETT POPCORN store, try the CHICAGO MIX. It is to die for. So much good food in Chicago, bring home some, there is no good food in Florida except the fresh seafood…. FYI: I used to take the Broadway Limited every spring break from Union Station (Pennsylvania RR, NY Central then Penn Central then Amtrak) to Western PA. Lots and LOTS of rail history in and around Chicago for sure. It was a big HUB back in the day and still is a big hub for many Amtrak routes. Thanks for the great video's!

  • Reply Erik Max Q Mcc May 22, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Hey R, your getting closer to me in St Louis Mo cool love this catch, visit St louis and see our amazing trains here 🙂

  • Reply Gagethedarkgamer 74 May 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Wow nice video RailROL82, I was maybe thinking about starting to film some trains where I live but I'll see though, nice video and great job on it and keep it up, I love watching them

  • Reply Shakir Chaffee May 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Dude I can't believe you're in my city I would like to meet you

  • Reply Trucks & Trains May 22, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    very awesome video!

  • Reply Mike 1958 May 22, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Nicely done. If those old cantilever arms could talk the stories they could tell. There are some old ones we have some around town but they are replacing them as they possibly can

  • Reply Victorian Rail Heritage May 22, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Great Video is that a GS Type 1?

  • Reply Alan Bowler May 22, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Great video railrol keep it up at least they keep those crossings there history

  • Reply michael May 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Another nice video, one of the greatest railroad towns in the USA 🇺🇸/ if you haven’t checked out Chattanooga TN ( another town built by the railroads) I think you can find lots of RR gems there. Also Atlanta. Take care and stay safe!

  • Reply Ferenc Takács May 22, 2019 at 10:31 pm


  • Reply A Cat May 22, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    amazing video!

  • Reply Glenn Reynolds May 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Your a long way from home my friend!
    A very interesting video. Great job as always!

  • Reply Walt Nelson May 22, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Railrol82. Suspense!Action! Will Chcago drivers run over our hero? Tune in next week! Great video. Keep em coming!

  • Reply TheBamaguy334 May 22, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    love the video,but it looks like someone had a bit of road rage or a fender bender from the look of it?

  • Reply 335i monster May 23, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Check out new video

  • Reply 335i monster May 23, 2019 at 12:01 am

    And keep up the good work

  • Reply Completely Disinterested May 23, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Right after I leave Chicago, you come to Chicago? And I worked right down the street from there!
    They bring ink and big rolls of paper in on trains there.

  • Reply Audra Saltzman May 23, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Dude! I live about 45 mins south of Chicago! When were you here? Would have loved to watch you film. I love driving out in the country and figuring out where the old rail lines were from the early 1900s

  • Reply IBStevieB May 23, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Nice find!

  • Reply walter langston May 23, 2019 at 2:12 am

    on one of your road trips you should come to west virginia you would like the rail lines here with deep rail cuts and tunnels and hi trestles

  • Reply Scootaloo May 23, 2019 at 3:34 am

    For anyone in the Chicagoland area visiting. These are great spots to hit up if you love trains.

    Some excellent railfanning spots in the Chicagoland area and that are accessible via Metra or via short drive.

    Naperville Metra station: Sit back and watch Metra commuter trains come in and out of the station every hour here and watch BNSF freight trains. Lots of train action here. A Portillos is also in town and is just an easy Uber ride away. https://goo.gl/maps/z2dUYZrLRs9au4uC8

    Check out this Metra Station in Elmhurst and have access to a Lou Malnati's right across the street and a small mom and pop coffee shop. Bring a USB portable battery, as there are no power outlets to charge your phone at this station. This is an extremely busy rail line that is also better known for serving the famous Rochelle Illinois Railroad Park. It's not uncommon to have a train coming through nearly every 20 minutes. https://goo.gl/maps/MQRGFaSa4n4KU3tUA

    The famous Rochelle Railroad park that is exactly 80.5 miles straight west of the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) It's a 1 hour and 20 minute ride by car from the Willis Tower. (The Willis Tower by the way, is the first tourist spot on Route 66, along with the Chicago Art Institute, since Route 66 begins it's 2,448 mile journey west, starting at the Chicago Art Institute.) Historic beginning of Route 66 → https://goo.gl/maps/dQLT7KihLTpiUQdR7

    Rochelle Railroad Park: https://goo.gl/maps/49ugoLqcX3551aWw7

    The Union Illinois Railroad Museum. The largest rail museum in the United States. (1 hour and 3 minutes) outside of downtown Chicago. https://goo.gl/maps/tz9xNpGMX4u55fZ86

    I figure these links are a good starting spot. ^_^

  • Reply Computist40 May 23, 2019 at 3:41 am

    The thing that would make this tour better is if the UPPR kept a WRRS mechanical bell, not a GS type 2 ebell I think.

  • Reply Lance Reagan May 23, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    RailROL, do you have a good email address? The aol account doesn't seem to work.

  • Reply Meach Pieters May 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    You're a good railroad Hunter nice video keep up the good work and I love you best friend

  • Reply Carl Stclair May 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Great find RailROL82 awesome video might check out this crossing myself

  • Reply RedSmoke FZW May 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    The only place you’ve been on the west side of the US, was only the SF Bay. Not even the LA Metro Area. Man, where’s the love?

  • Reply Freedomtower Studios May 23, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    If you follow this line toward the river, if and or when you film whats left of the crossing on N. Canal Street, try also to get shots of the drawbridge there, thats the ex-CNW Railroad Bridge! Also we have some really old, abandoned signals here in Jersey i can show you if you ever come to NJ!

  • Reply Skeleton May 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Epic vid Bro Those crossings are very old i say

  • Reply Mike Keller May 24, 2019 at 4:39 am


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  • Reply Stan Patterson May 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    As for the switches,  it's very likely that the last time any traffic passed over that switch, that's the direction it did indeed go,  but in the railway world, it's standard practice to ensure that all switches are lined and locked in the "normal" position (which this switch indeed was in), no matter which way the last traffic was going over the switch.  It's both for safety and for courtesy to the next crew or RR movement that will be coming through there.  "Normal" is considered to be the "main" route, while lining the switch in the "reverse" position would divert the traffic onto the siding or spur or a line leading off of the "main".  When you're already on a spur,  and come to a diverging switch point, one will still be given the status of Main.  The target indicator (the colors that show, often green/red, or green/yellow) can help both RR crews and railfans alike understand at a quick glance how a switch is lined, though seeing a certain color at a distance is not a guarantee that the switch is 100% lined and locked,  thus the generally accepted practice of leaving the switch in the "Normal" position (no matter how you used it last) when leaving the area. Crews who have passed through and used switches that (could) divert traffic off a main line on to a spur or siding must announce to the RTC or dispatcher of what condition they have left the switches that they used or encountered while at that location, so that the RTC can be assured that it is safe to send through-traffic through the area and not have them diverted unexpectedly.  In this video, the target indicator is showing green facing an oncoming traffic, so that's an indicator that the switch was left in the "normal" position, but it is still good practice to approach any lesser-used switches with caution, to ensure that the switch is indeed properly lined and locked down so that it cannot self-activate while equipment rolls over it. The target indicator in this location could use some TLC to straighten it out a bit and ensure that it's properly aligned to reasonably display the correct indication.

  • Reply John Van Teeckelenburgh May 25, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Love that old signal. Great catch!

  • Reply James Benton May 25, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Your from chicago? So am I? Im a big railfan, do you know if we have any excursions coming this year? I hope youll know! By the way, I love your videos!

  • Reply datautisticgamer May 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I live just down the river from there!

  • Reply astrogater May 26, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Hey Roly! Great tour! Keep up the great work! Thanks Bro!

  • Reply Rodney Morgan Brown May 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Love Chicago Railrol82….I’m in the city a lot……But Miami is where I want to be

  • Reply Chicago Aussie May 28, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Very cool, learning a lot. Thanks for this video

  • Reply Tom Y. June 1, 2019 at 12:20 am

    So sit back, and take in all that oldness. Lol!! Interesting find!

  • Reply Toilets For Life June 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Nice crossing and video! I've seen an ancient cantilever in a lightly used railroad in Norfolk, VA. It's on Effingham Street by I-264.

  • Reply Nate's Trains June 16, 2019 at 1:24 am

    On some Wisconsin & Southern track in janesville, Wi, you can find the old Wrrs cantilevers, exept they are branded by Federal signal.

  • Reply Elliott Wolcott June 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Nice. What were you doing in Chicago?

  • Reply Ty Con Sherri M June 19, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I wish I was there with you i love exploring crossings!

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