RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION/TRACK DIAGRAMS

Information from railroad employee timetables and other sources, detailing stations, crossings and junctions, mileposts, number of tracks, and signal systems. Also included for most lines are track diagrams.

Many of these routes can be accessed through more than one of these links.

MIDWEST RAILROADS

METRA COMMUTER RAIL ROUTES

AMTRAK ROUTES SERVING CHICAGO

HISTORIC MAIN PASSENGER ROUTES

All track diagrams are as current as possible, except for the "Classic Track Diagrams", which show certain railroads as they previously existed, prior to elimination of multiple tracks, downgrading, or occasionally abandonment.

Operating Information Links
Known links to Web sites, where railroad track charts and old employee timetables can be downloaded, usually in PDF format.

Chicago Track Elevation
A chronological list of ordinances passed by the City of Chicago, requiring the main line railroads to elevate their trackage. Much of the trackage was elevated between the 1890's and the early 1900's, these elevation projects contributed to Chicago becoming a great railroad center.