RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

NORFOLK SOUTHERN

Chicago Line

FORMERLY Pennsylvania Railroad (Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad)
CONSTRUCTED 1856-1858
DOUBLE TRACK completed before 1906
ABS installed before 1912
POSITION LIGHT ABS installed 1939
CTC installed around 1980's
PASSENGER SERVICE: Amtrak Michigan and Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited

New York Central originally used La Salle Street Station, sharing a route with the Rock Island Railroad as far south as Englewood. But after merging with the Pennsylvania Railroad to form Penn Central, all trains were consolidated onto the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad route, serving Union Station.

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Radio Frequency - 160.800 (AAR Channel 46)
Radio Frequency - 160.305 (AAR Channel 13) (Chicago Union Station)

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is eastward from Chicago to Whiting
Distance is from Buffalo

522.8 Chicago Union Station (Amtrak)
521.2 South Branch Bridge (drawbridge)
521.1 21st Street-Alton Jct. (CN crossing/remote-Amtrak Train Director)
518.5 CP 518 (junction-Metra)
516.9 55th Street Yard
516.5 58th Street
515.8 Englewood
515.1 Park Manor Yard
513.3 CP 513
509.7 CP 509 (drawbridge)
508.7 Colehour
508.3 State Line (IL-IN)
508.0 Colehour Yard
507.2 CP 507
507.0 Hammond-Whiting (Amtrak station)
506.5 CP 506
506.0 Whiting

2 tracks, CTC in use. Some segments of 3 and 4 tracks. CTC controlled from Dearborn, MI. Chicago West Dispatcher controls trackage.

Mileposts are distances from Buffalo via former New York Central. Mileposts have been changed from former Pennsylvania Railroad mileposts.


TRACK DIAGRAM

Classic Track Diagrams

Track diagram as the line existed until the 1950's, when much of the line still had four tracks.


LOST STATIONS

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.

INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Past and present towers and interlockings.

CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

City ordinances and history of track elevation in Chicago.