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Old August 20th, 2006, 12:48 PM   #141
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Old August 20th, 2006, 12:54 PM   #142
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Old August 20th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #144
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Old August 20th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #145
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From this angle and distant in the air, how many railroad yards can you see?
I found about 5,and that is only Chicago DT's SW side!
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Old August 21st, 2006, 11:10 AM   #148
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They are Shanghai commuter rail, not freight rail...sorry!:}
Please show us some Shanghai freight rail yards!
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 02:13 PM   #149
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Good to see this thread still rollin'.
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Good to see this thread still rollin'.
LOL, yea, for as long as freight trains are still running...
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Freight rail capital of the world with partial Chicago skyline in background!
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Another large one just under the plane wing!
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I acknowledge that Chicago is at least one of the greatest freight rail centres in the world ... now I have a question to ask Chicago Rail freight enthusiasts.

Recently I got into Google Earth (and quickly burnt up half my monthly broadband quota within a few hours), substantially by following railway lines around the south & west of Chicago.

In the course of this, I came across a railway yard, oriented E-W, surrounded by hundreds of white trucking or shipping containers. since I live close to the Port of Melbourne, this was no surprise to me, since within a k or two of me, there are thousands of similar containers stacked 4 to 5 high. This port acts asa hub for Southern Australia, and I understand that most shippiing containers arrive in Adelaide by rail from Melbourne, rather than being unloaded directly at that port.

But to get back to Chicago: these containers appeared to be stacked just one high (Google Earth is good enough for me to judge that), moreover, they were not stacked neatly and in parallel, but as if they had been backed in and dropped there, within ten or so degrees of their neighbours. These containers were oriented east-west. From the look of the image, after this, the original access tracks (roads) have been filled with containers dropped north-south, again, rather haphazardly. Particularly conspicuous south of the railway yard.

OK, despite the fact I've overshot my quota, I had another quick look: it's at 41 49 08 62 north, 87 40 27 63 west. Someone please tell me ... why are these containers lying around in such a state of apparent abandonment around what looks like a functioning railway yard? Most of them you couldn't get out without moving half a dozen others.

Also, to the east of here there is a railway easement which seems to run almost to the shores of Lake Michigan, except that there appear to be bridges removed and quite large trees growing along the roadbed ... what's going on?

ps. ... I'm an Aussie with a house or two ... I'm not looking for a container to live in
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