South Shore Michigan City Shop in 1969

The wayback machine has landed us in Michigan City, Indiana, On March 30, 1969. We’re standing on the North Roeske Avenue bridge that spans the tracks of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend facility. This is where the South Shore used to maintain its venerable interurban cars.

More than six decades later this shop building has been razed and made way for a modern facility. The South Shore is separate entities with the passenger operations known as the South Shore Line and the freight operations still called by the railroad’s original name but also known as South Shore Freight.

Each has its own maintenance shops in Michigan City with the passenger equipment maintained on the east side of Roeske and the freight locomotives maintained in a modern shop on the west side.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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