RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

METRA

Rock Island District/Southwest Subdistrict (C&WI)

FORMERLY Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad
OPENED 1880
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1880
ADDITIONAL TRACKS constructed 1890-1893
CTC installed 1973/segments of multiple track eliminated
PASSENGER SERVICE: Metra Southwest/Amtrak Cardinal

Primary route out of Dearborn Station, which closed in 1971 with the creation of Amtrak, with virtually all passenger trains discontinued. Only the Norfolk & Western commuter train remained, one daily round trip which eventually evolved to the Metra Southwest service. From 1971 to 1976, that train used a platform immediately west of Dearborn Station. In 1976, a connection was constructed at 21st Street, enabling that train to use Union Station. Meanwhile, a few intercity passenger trains returned to this route during the mid 1970's, with the deterioration of Penn Central trackage in Indiana. Prior to construction of the connection at 21st Street, a backup move was required to and from the former Pennsylvania Railroad main line at 40th Street, for access to Union Station.

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Radio Frequency - 160.440 (AAR Channel 22)
Radio Frequency - 160.305 (AAR Channel 13) (Chicago Union Station)

Stations/Former Stations/Milepost Locations

(Current Metra stops are capitalized)

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

--- CHICAGO
1.7 21st Street (CN crossing/remote-Amtrak Train Director)
4.0 CP 518 (junction-NS/remote-Dearborn MI)
4.6 47th St.
5,6 55th St.
6.2 CP 59th Street
6.6 Englewood
7.7 CP 74th Street (junction-NS)

1 and 2 tracks from 21st Street to CP 74th Street. CTC in use between 21st Street and CP 74th Street, controlled from Metra's Consolidated Control Facility. Trains may also use NS tracks from 21st Street to CP 518, 2 tracks with CTC in use. The NS Chicago West Dispatcher located in Dearborn, Michigan.


TRACK DIAGRAM

(Click for diagram of Chicago Union Station.)

Classic Track Diagrams

Track diagram as the Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad might have existed at its peak.


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.