RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE

Chicago Subdivision

FORMERLY Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route)
OPENED 1864
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1864 (Chicago-Riverside)/1872 (Riverside-Aurora)
TRIPLE TRACK constructed 1887 (Chicago-Belmont)/1914-1922 (Belmont-Aurora)
ABS installed 1913
COLOR LIGHT ABS installed 1925
AUTOMATIC CAB SIGNALS installed 1953-1954
CTC installed 1956-1967
PASSENGER SERVICE: Metra BNSF/Amtrak Quincy Route

Chicago's second railroad was the Aurora Branch Railroad, which in 1850 began operating between Aurora and West Chicago, connecting with Chicago's first railroad, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad. The Aurora Branch Railroad evolved to the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, which in 1864 completed its own line between Chicago and Aurora. This line is now one of the area's busiest lines, noted for its three track operation, and being one of the Chicago area's earliest large CTC installations.

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Radio Frequency - 161.100 (AAR Channel 66)

Stations/Milepost Locations

(Metra stops are capitalized)

Direction is westward from Chicago to Aurora

0.0 CHICAGO
0.8 Roosevelt Road
1.7 Union Avenue
1.8 HALSTED STREET
3.7 WESTERN AVENUE
4.8 Kedzie Avenue
6.7 Cicero "B" Plant (east end Cicero Yard)
7.0 CICERO
7.3 Cicero "A" Plant
8.5 Clyde
9.0 LA VERGNE (west end Cicero Yard)
9.6 BERWYN
10.0 HARLEM AVENUE
11.0 RIVERSIDE
11.7 HOLLYWOOD
12.3 BROOKFIELD
13.0 CONGRESS PARK
13.7 LA GRANGE
14.1 STONE AVENUE
15.4 WESTERN SPRINGS
16.3 HIGHLANDS
16.8 HINSDALE
17.8 WEST HINSDALE
18.2 CLARENDON HILLS
19.4 WESTMONT
20.3 FAIRVIEW AVENUE
21.1 DOWNERS GROVE
22.8 BELMONT
24.4 LISLE
28.4 NAPERVILLE
31.6 ROUTE 59
33.4 Eola
35.3 West Eola (junction-BNSF)
38.4 AURORA (junction-BNSF)

2 tracks from Roosevelt Road to Union Avenue, 4 tracks from Union Avenue to Cicero "B" Plant, 3 tracks from Cicero "B" Plant to West Eola, 2 tracks from West Eola to Aurora, 2 tracks from West Eola via lead to Aurora Transportation Center. CTC in use, controlled from Fort Worth, Texas. Union Avenue Dispatcher controls trackage east of La Vergne, and East End Dispatcher controls trackage west of La Vergne. East End Dispatcher controls entire line nights and weekends. Cab signals in use.


TRACK DIAGRAM

(Click for diagram of Chicago Union Station.)


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.