North Shore Gateman's Shanty #1
|Interurban gateman's shanty
This gateman’s shanty is typical of the ones used on the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee electric interurban railway at its ground-level road crossings. Before the ubiquity of automatic crossing gates, railroad crossings needed to be staffed by a gate operator, and these men were given small buildings – known as gateman’s shanties – to protect them from inclement weather. This gateman’s shanty was acquired by IRM around 1963, when the North Shore was abandoned, and has been repurposed as the museum’s ticket booth.
Year Built: Unknown
Condition: Incomplete / restored / in use