The size, shape and proximity to multiple railroads makes this look to me like the leftover foundation of a long demolished roundhouse. Google maps show it clearly but Bing maps aerial and Birds eye view show it overgrown. MSR Maps topographic maps of area don't show it.
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By: bucsfan2010
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@ 2010-09-03 17:14:13
No doubt a former roundhouse.

Info on it here and pictures before it was demolished.

http://stlouispatina.blogspot.com/2009/02/old-roundhouse-east-st-louis.html
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@ 2010-09-06 21:45:28
That link refers to a different nearby roundhouse. Google Earth's historical imagery goes back to 1988 at this location. It was torn down before then.
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@ 2010-09-07 13:15:59
Parts of East St. Louis are apocalyptic-like, an abandoned wasteland, almost like nothing else I've ever seen in America. Interesting exploring on foot.
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@ 2013-01-21 16:40:25
Definitely a roundhouse foundation. But with all the mergers and abandonments in the railroad industry since the demise of the steam era, I can't tell you who owned it. Consider posting your query on trainorders.com/eastern discussion and you might have some luck.
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@ 2013-05-14 21:58:25
I grew up there, it is the foundation of the old Illinois Central RR It came down in the early 60's
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