RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

METRA

Rock Island District/Southwest Subdistrict (Wabash)

FORMERLY Wabash Railroad/Norfolk & Western Railway
OPENED 1880 by Chicago & Strawn Railroad
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1902-1904 (Chicago-Ashburn)/1913 (Ashburn-Orland Park)
ABS installed 1912 (Chicago-Orland Park)/1937 (Orland Park-Manhattan)
CTC installed 1957 (Forest Hill-Ashburn/Palos Park-Brisbane)/second track eliminated
CTC installed early 2000's (entire segment)
DOUBLE TRACK restored early 2000's (Palos Park-Orland Park)
LAST INTERCITY PASSENGER TRAIN: City Of Decatur/1971
COMMUTER SERVICE: Metra Southwest

Historically, 143rd Street was the station in Orland Park. And was the terminal for the commuter operation prior to being significantly cut back in 1932.

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Radio Frequency - 160.440 (AAR Channel 22)

Stations/Former Stations/Milepost Locations

(Current Metra stops are capitalized)

Direction is southward from Chicago to Manhattan
Distance is from Chicago (Dearborn Station)

7.7 CP 74th Street (junction-NS)
9.0 Belt Jct. (junction-remote/BRC dispatcher)
10.0 Forest Hill (CSX crossing/remote-CSX dispatcher-Calumet City)
10.3 Landers
11.5 WRIGHTWOOD
12.2 ASHBURN (CSX crossing)
14.7 OAK LAWN
16.4 CP Ridge (IHB crossing)
16.6 CHICAGO RIDGE
17.8 WORTH
18.6 PALOS HEIGHTS
19.1 CP Palos
19.8 PALOS PARK
23.0 ORLAND PARK 143RD STREET
23.1 CP 143rd Street
25.2 ORLAND PARK 153RD STREET
28.7 CP 179th Street
28.7 ORLAND PARK 179TH STREET
29.1 CP Will Cook
35.0 CP Brisbane
35.4 LARAWAY ROAD
36.1 CP Lenox
40.2 CP Brown
40.3 MANHATTAN
40.7 End of Track

1 and 2 tracks from CP 74th Street to Manhattan. CTC in use between CP 74th Street and CP Brown, controlled by NS operator Landers.


TRACK DIAGRAM

Classic Track Diagrams

Track diagram as the line existed as the Wabash Railroad, prior to the installation of CTC and when it existed beyond Manhattan towards Gibson City and St. Louis.


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.