FORMERLY Chicago & North Western Railway
OPENED 1855 by Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1882 (Chicago-Evanston)/1888-1895 (Evanston-Milwaukee)
ABS installed 1892 (Chicago-Waukegan)/1893 (Oak Creek-Milwaukee)
ABS installed 1903 (Waukegan-Oak Creek)
COLOR LIGHT/SEARCHLIGHT ABS installed 1935-1936 (Wilmette-St. Francis)
AUTOMATIC TRAIN STOP installed 1952
NORTH SEGMENT DOWNGRADED/ABANDONED 1980's (Kenosha-Milwaukee)
CTC installed 1990's (Clybourn-Winnetka)
LAST INTERCITY PASSENGER TRAIN: Chicago-Milwaukee/1971
COMMUTER SERVICE: Metra Union Pacific North Line
By 1899, 3 tracks existed as far north as Rose Hill, later extended to Wilmette, removed in 1984. The center track, though with bidirectional signaling, was assigned a current of traffic according to the time of day, with signals apparently not set up to protect against opposing movements.
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Radio Frequency - 160.890 (AAR Channel 52) (Chicago-CY)
Radio Frequency - 161.040 (AAR Channel 62) (CY-Milwaukee)
Direction is northward from Chicago to Milwaukee
ITALICS INDICATE ABANDONED SEGMENTS
0.2 Lake Street (tower)
0.3 Clinton Street
0.5 Northwest Jct.
2.2 North Ave. Yard.
2.7 CY (tower/junction)
3.3 Deering Bridge
9.4 ROGERS PARK
10.6 RP (remote-CY)
11.0 MAIN STREET
13.3 CENTRAL STREET
15.8 INDIAN HILL
17.0 WK (remote-CY)
17.7 HUBBARD WOODS
20.9 RAVINIA PARK
23.0 HIGHLAND PARK
25.7 FT. SHERIDAN
28.3 LAKE FOREST
30.2 LAKE BLUFF (junction-UP/remote-dispatcher-Omaha)
32.2 GREAT LAKES
33.7 NORTH CHICAGO
44.5 WINTHROP HARBOR
69.3 Oak Creek
74.7 South Milwaukee
79.9 St. Francis
81.8 Tower BA (CP crossing)
82.5 KK River Bridge
83.0 Washington St.
83.1 End Of Track
83.2 National Avenue
4 tracks from Clinton Street to CY, signaled for both directions with a Controlled Block System.
2 tracks from CY to WK, CTC in use, controlled from CY.
2 tracks from WK to Kenosha, signaled for normal left hand operation.
Automatic Train Stop in use between Clinton Street and Kenosha.
1 track from Kenosha to St. Francis, Track Warrants in use.
A bridge reconstruction project is underway between Clybourn and Evanston, resulting in changes. A third track to the west was removed in 1984. And the first phase of the bridge reconstruction project has involved construction of a new track and bridges at the location of the removed track.
(Click for diagram of Chicago Terminal*.)
(*The former Chicago & North Western terminal at 500 W. Madison St. has been known by many different names through its history. Including "North Western Station", "Madison Street Station", "Chicago Passenger Station", "Metra Passenger Terminal", and currently "Ogilvie Transportation Center". This lack of a consistent name has resulted in many confused passengers over the years.)
Classic Track Diagrams
Line between Chicago and Milwaukee, prior to removal of third track between Chicago and Evanston in 1984, downgrading of line north of Kenosha, and installation of CTC between Chicago and Winnetka during the 1990's. Between Winnetka and Kenosha, the line has largely remained unchanged since the 1930's.