Rail Infrastructure Tour

Please join us for a mid-day tour of Chicago’s South Side on SUNDAY, September 20th, the day after the conference. You can view and print the Tour Flyer Here.

South Chicagoland:

Rail Logistics and the Oil Boom

    Join us for a tour of the region’s critical rail infrastructure and a close-up view of Chicago as a unique continental rail hub. How does stuff move through the region? How do local and faraway pathways get connected, rerouted or switched? What are the hazards and implications for workers, residents and the larger ecology? Rail workers and local organizers will be on hand to offer insights on the locations visited; participants are invited to share their own knowledges. The trip is a guided experience as well as an opportunity for further dialogue between rail workers, environmental justice activists, researchers and residents.
    We will travel along the Indiana Harbor Belt (IHB) Railway to visit critical junctions and facilities including: Blue Island Junction; CSX Barr Yard and IHB Blue Island yards, and UP Yard Center. We will pause to explore the IHB Gibson yard and the Buckeye Hammond crude-by-rail terminals, before heading to visit the Whiting refinery and finally the KCBX pet coke storage terminal.
    For more information and help navigating, click on this googlemap from on your computer or smartphone.

Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Times & Meet-Up Spots: The Northside Group departs the UE Hall at 9:30 AM and will join the Main Southside Group at McDonald’s at 11900 S. Western Ave, Chicago 60406. The Southside group will meet up with them at 10:00 AM. The Tour will then depart McDonald’s at 10:15 AM sharp. Tour will conclude by mid afternoon (folks can be back to the UE Hall by 3:30 PM).

Directions: Taking I 94 East (heading south, sign says “Indiana”) to I 57 (sign says Memphis). Proceed to 119th St. Exit at 119th Street, proceed WEST for 1 mile to Western Avenue. McDonald’s is on the corner.

Itinerary: We will visit a junction in Blue Island, the Indiana Harbor Belt and CSX yards in Riverdale, the Union Pacific yard in Dolton, and then stop for lunch. After lunch we will visit Gibson yard, Buckeye Terminal and NW Indiana and possibly the BP pet coke storage facility.

Maps: A map listing all stops on the tour will be provided for all participants in case anyone gets separated/lost. See the interactive map for further details.

Lunch: A fine lunch has been arranged at $11 per person, complete.


CSX Barr Yard


BRC Clearing Yard

IHB Blue Island