Re: C&NW's Wood Street Terminal/ The Potato Yard

Jack Mullen

Unfortunately, referencing a specific photo in the CNWHS archives is
difficult. Bob's link won't get you there.

best I can offer is a link to the photo archive:
then enter the search string "Wood Street" in the box, and the search
will get you to the photo in question.

As Bob says, there is no storage building. Potatoes went direct from
reefer to truck, thus the concrete driveways between pairs of tracks.
The admin building at left in the photo provided office space for
vegetable brokers as well as railroad clerks. There are truck scales
and scalehouse in the driveway in front of the office bldg.

As far as I know there was no ice platform at the Spud Yard. After
all, it was a terminal for inbound perishables. I think what's
visible in the photo is a covered unloading platform.

Jack Mullen

--- In STMFC@..., "Bob Chaparro" <thecitrusbelt@...>

While reviewing the June 2002 issue of RAILMODEL JOURNAL I came
across a 1920s photo of C&NW's Wood Street Terminal in Chicago. This
facility also was known as "The Potato Yard".

The image shows scores of reefers and an ice deck. There is no
storage terminal building visible. Instead, the tracks for unloading
reefers are in pairs with space between each pair of tracks for
trucks to be loaded directly from the cars.

Fortunately, you won't have to look for the magazine as one can
locate the same image on the C&NW Historical Society's website. The
images can be seen at:


Bob Chaparro
Citrus Industry Modeling Group

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