My copy of the BRHS 2021 calendar arrived today. It contains a nice mix of
lines east and lines west photos. My compliments to the featured photographer
and all involved in putting the calendar together. Nice job !
Here’s a few comments to add to the photo captions from a former operating
employees view point that may be of interest to the more general audience.
May 2021-Love Bros. Foundry in the background of the 5632 photo was served by
the “Alley Job”. To learn more about all the industry served in this general
area, order a copy of the BRHS #51 Bulletin,”Railroading in Aurora” from the
BRHS company store on the BRHS site.
July 2021- those pretty E.J. & E. box cars on the CNW interchange track are
almost guaranteed to be loads of tinplate for the Del Monte plant #115 which is
just beyond the trees. The tinplate came from steel mills in NW Indiana. #115
was served by the Q. The plant consumed two cars of tinplate twice a day from
switches by the Q’s Rochelle jobs. A morning switch and an afternoon switch.
Prior to the time of this photo there was only one switch per day by the
The tinplate was turned into tin cans by the “can plant”. These cans were
either filled with product at Rochelle or put in Q box cars for distribution to
Del Monte plants far and wide.
Back Cover- a family member was here today when the calendar arrived. He spent
42 plus years on the BN,BNSF starting in 1974. He wanted to know what the
“fourth signal” was on each signal mast shown at Farnsworth Ave(West Eola
interlocking). For any others who may not know, the signal offset to the top
left was a permissive signal allowing a train to pass the absolute red signals.
Without going into all the operating manual rules it allowed a train to proceed
knowing they were most likely following directly behind another train and “to
be prepared to stop short of ........”.
>From an old “ground pounder”.
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