Metra acquired this line from Illinois Central in 1987. Prior to the 1926 electrification, the commuter operation was more intertwined with the Illinois Central main line operations.
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Radio Frequency - 161.025 (AAR Channel 61)
Direction is southward from Randolph Street/Millennium Park to University Park
0.00 RANDOLPH STREET/MILLENNIUM PARK (remote-terminal dispatcher)
0.80 VAN BUREN STREET
1.43 MUSEUM CAMPUS/11TH STREET (remote-terminal dispatcher)
2.22 18TH STREET
2.68 MCCORMICK PLACE/23RD STREET
3.20 27TH STREET
5.90 47TH STREET
6.54 53RD STREET (remote-north dispatcher)
6.99 57TH STREET
7.43 59TH STREET
7.92 63RD STREET
8.33 67TH STREET (remote-north dispatcher)
9.32 75TH-GRAND CROSSING
10.38 83RD-AVALON PARK
12.04 95TH-CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
13.06 103RD STREET
13.54 107TH STREET
14.49 115TH-KENSINGTON (CTC interlocking)
18.98 147TH STREET
22.27 HAZEL CREST
23.51 HOMEWOOD (CTC interlocking)
26.56 OLYMPIA FIELDS
27.62 211TH STREET
29.33 RICHTON PARK (CTC interlocking)
31.50 UNIVERSITY PARK (CTC interlocking)
3 tracks from Van Buren Street to 11th St., numbered west to east. CTC in use, controlled by terminal dispatcher.
4 tracks from 11th St. to Kensington, numbered west to east. Track 1 is southward express, Track 2 is southward local, Track 3 is northward local, and Track 4 is northward express. All tracks signaled for current of traffic between 11th St. and 67th Street. Between 67th Street and Kensington, CTC in use, controlled by north dispatcher.
2 tracks from Kensington to Richton Park, and 1 track from Richton Park to University Park. CTC in use, controlled by south dispatcher.
Dispatchers are located at Metra's Consolidated Control Facility. The terminal dispatcher is on duty except evenings and Sundays, when the station is controlled by the north dispatcher.
Signals are indicated in greater detail, using zoomable Google Maps. Satellite views are also available. Signals are typically numbered according to track number and hundredth of a mile.
Route as it likely existed during 1950's, prior to elimination of certain multiple tracks.