RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

NORFOLK SOUTHERN

Chicago Line

FORMERLY New York Central Railroad (Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway)
CONSTRUCTED 1851-1852 by Northern Indiana & Chicago Railroad
DOUBLE TRACK constructed mostly 1888-1892
FOUR TRACKS constructed 1909-1912 (Whiting-Pine)/eliminated 1960's
FOUR TRACKS constructed 1909-1911 (Durham-La Porte)/eliminated 1960's
THREE TRACKS constructed 1909-1910 (Rolling Prairie-Lydick)/eliminated 1930's
ABS installed before 1912
CTC installed 1966-1967 (Pine-East Pinola)
CTC installed around 1980's (entire segment)
PASSENGER SERVICE: Amtrak Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited

As far east as Porter, the former Pere Marquette Railroad had trackage rights (since 1903), and was used by former Michigan Central trains beginning in 1957. All Amtrak trains serving points in Michigan presently use this route.

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Radio Frequency - 160.800 (AAR Channel 46)

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is eastward from Whiting to Elkhart
Distance is from Buffalo

506.0 Whiting
505.9 CP 505
503.4 CP 503 (junction-IHB/drawbridge)
502.9 Indiana Harbor
502.8 CP 502 (IHB crossing/remote-Hick)
501.0 CP 501 (junction-NS/CSX)
498.1 Pine
497.1 CP 497
496.0 Gary
491.0 CP 491
487.1 CP 487
485.7 Burns Harbor
484.9 CP 485
483.5 CP 483
482.2 CP 482 (junction-NS/Amtrak/CSX)
482.2 Porter
481.1 Chesterton
476.8 Burdick
473.4 Otis
467.5 Pinola
466.6 CP 466
463.8 CP 463
463.4 La Porte
462.4 CP 462 (NS crossing)
456.4 Rolling Prairie
450.1 New Carlisle
448.6 CP 448
448.4 Terre Coupee
443.7 Lydick
438.5 South Bend
437.5 CP 437 (junction-CN)
435.4 CP 435
432.7 Mishawaka
426.4 CP 426
423.1 CP 423
421.6 Elkhart
421.5 CP 421

2 tracks, CTC in use. Some segments of 3 and 4 tracks. CTC controlled from Dearborn, MI. Chicago West Dispatcher controls trackage 21st St. through CP 482, Chicago East Dispatcher controls trackage east of CP 482.


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.