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NSL Photos from Glass Slides




01-View South from Harrison St. - 05/19/1925
Distant view SW from CNW track showing west approach to bridge on NS&W




02-Removing Harrison St Overhead Evanston ILLS - 02/18/1926
Steam crane lifting section of NS&W bridge




03-Rail Bond Welding - 03/24/1926
Large rail bond welding crew working near crossover




04-Asbury Ave View N.E. - 12/26/1924
View NE from embankment Asbury, showing steel columns for stations, forms for platform mostly complete




05-Auto-Substation North of Main St. - 12/26/1924
Exterior view SE of substation building at Main St, Niles Center




06-Interior Schreiber Rd Station Final Progress Construction photo - 04/23/1925
Final interior photo of Kostner station, view W, showing entrance to station house and ticket booth




07-Skokie Valley Line Substation No 1 - 12/31/1925
View NW showing construction Lake Av substation building, high tension tower being constructed




08-Auto-Substation No 2 Skokie Valley Line - 12/17/1925
View NE building being constructed, Kotz Rd substation Northbrook




09-Substation No 1 - 12/03/1925
View NW Lake Av substation, men working on high tension tower




10-Auto-Substation North of Main St. - 01/09/1925
Interior view construction progress of substation




11-Auto-Substation No 3 Skokie Valley Line - 12/17/1925
Exterior view, substation building under construction




12-Poster, Washington Park Milwaukee by the North Shore Line




13-Poster, Milwaukee with fountain




14-Poster, Suburban Communities by the North Shore Line




15-Poster, Autumn Woods North Shore Line




16-Poster, Northern Michigan Resorts - Pere Marquette Steamers




17-waiting room at Adams & Wabash




18-Poster, Green Bay Trail




19-Poster, Wisconsin Resorts by North Shore Line, Rail and Bus Route




20-Poster, St Marys of the Lake




21-Poster, University Campus Lake Forest




22-Interior, 209 Wabash - First floor including stairway




23-Interior, 209 Wabash - First floor including stairway




24-Skokie Valley Line Substation No 3 - 12/03/1925
View NW, substation building under construction at Deerfield




25-Some sort of machinery room in building (Not marked)




26-Section House, Racine
Exterior view south from Racine Section House, Ryan tower in distance




27-Skokie Valley Line Rail Bond Welding - 03/17/1926
Close view of man preparing to weld bond onto rail




28-Final Progr' Constr' Photo, view N.W. Dodge Ave Station - 04/15/1925
Completed view of station platform at Dodge




29-Skokie Creek Diversion South of L. BR. View N.E. - 09/23/1925
Left half of two-plate photo




30-Skokie V.L. Sub-Sta No3 - 12/31/1925
View N of construction progress, Deerfield substation




31-Skokie Valley Line Substation No 4 - 12/03/1925
View SW of building construction, Substation 4 at Old Mill Rd Lake Forest




32a-Skokie Valley Line Sub-Station No 2 - 12/31/1925
View NE of Substation building, high tension tower being constructed




32b-N.S. Skokie Valley Line Sub-Station No2 - 12/03/1925
View of substation building under construction.




33-Skokie Valley Line Sub-Station No 4 - 12/31/1925
View E to substation 4 building (Old Mill Rd LF) showing excavation for conduits to feed overhead




34-Auto-Sub-Station North of Main St. - 01/03/1925
Exterior view mostly completed substation building, high tension tower mostly constructed




35-Auto-Substation No 4 Skokie Valley Line - 12/17/1925
View SW showing substation building, footings in high tension yard




36-Auto-Substation No 1 Skokie Valley Line - 12/17/1925
View W of construction near substation building.




37-View N.W. from East Side of Canal - 12/26/1924
Progress on bridge construction near sanitary channel bridge, steel over CNW tracks




38-Office blg at Camp Deerfield Rd View N.W. - 05/20/1925
View of wood frame construction camp buildings




39-E. Prairie Rd. View North - 09/26/1924
View of construction at E. Prairie Rd, wooden fenced transformer, horse on ROW




40-Final Progr' Constr' photo view east from E. Prairie Rd - 04/23/1925
View E from E. Prairie Rd of completed track, crossover




41-Three photos of steam ship, horse drawn wagons. Mound City Excelsior Mfg Co.
(No date)




42-N.S.S.V. Line. Northbrook Sta' - 05/05/1929
View NW of construction at Northbrook station, showing part of foundation, windows being installed




43-N.S. Skokie Valley Line Telephone Boxes opposite No 1 Sub-Station - 03/17/1926
View SE of 600 volt disconnect switches on catenary near Lake Av substation




44-N.S. Skokie Valley Line View North From Dempster St - 02/24/1926
View N Dempster St, showing catenary being strung and high tension towers constructed




45-View N, likely Milw Div, showing freshly ballasted SB track and original NB track.
(No date)




46-Skokie Valley Line Pier Opposite No 2 Sub Station View N.E. - 03/17/1926
View showing 600 volt disconnect switches being installed near Substation 2, Kotz Rd Northbrook




47-Skokie Heights Subdivision entrance, now Bluff Rd near 500 Dundee Rd Glencoe
(No date)




48-Skokie Heights Subdivision entrance, now Bluff Rd near 500 Dundee Rd Glencoe
(No date)




49-Reservation Picnic Grounds View South - 02/06/1925
Appears to be some sort of bluff, possibly along lake, at Fort Sheridan




50-Building at Great Lakes with tents near street (No date)




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