SHORT LINE RAILROADS - ILLINOIS

Smaller companies operating former main line trackage, no longer wanted by the large railroads. In 1976, the bankruptcy of Penn Central and other northeast railroads led to the formation of Conrail, which was free to abandon routes with limited traffic potential. Thus began a new trend of forming short line railroads, which could operate certain routes more successfully than the large railroads.


BLOOMER LINE

Acquired two lines in area between Kankakee and Bloomington.

Kempton-Colfax
Forrest-Gibson City


BURLINGTON JUNCTION RAILWAY

Former Burlington Route line south of Quincy.

Quincy-Marblehead


CHICAGO RAIL LINK

Former Rock Island route through South Chicago.

Gresham Jct.-South Chicago


DECATUR & EASTERN ILLINOIS RAILROAD

Acquired several lines in eastern Illinois.

Hillsdale IN-Decatur IL
Terre Haute-Paris
Vermillion Grove-Paris


DECATUR JUNCTION RAILWAY

Former Illinois Central route south of Decatur.

Assumption-Decatur


EASTERN ILLINOIS RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate route.

Metcalf-Neoga


EVANSVILLE WESTERN RAILWAY

Former Louisville & Nashville route northwest of Evansville IN.

Evansville-Okawville


ILLINOIS RAILWAY

Several branch lines acquired from BNSF.

Fox River Line (Montgomery-Streator)
La Salle Line (La Salle-Zearing)
Rockford Line (Flag Center-Rockford)
Mt. Morris Line (Oregon-Mt. Morris)


IOWA INTERSTATE

Former Rock Island routes.

Subdivision 1 (Utica-Davenport)
Subdivision 2 (Bureau-Peoria)


KANKAKEE BEAVERVILLE & SOUTHERN

Several former railroads between Kankakee and Lafayette IN.

Kankakee-Templeton
Cheneyville-Lafayette
Hooper-Danville


KEOKUK JUNCTION RAILWAY

Former Toledo Peoria & Western line.

Peoria-Keokuk


TAZEWELL & PEORIA RAILROAD

Former Peoria & Pekin Union Railway.

Peoria-Pekin


VERMILLION VALLEY RAILROAD

Former New York Central Peoria & Eastern line east of Danville IL.

Olin-Danville


WISCONSIN & SOUTHERN

Former Milwaukee Road lines.

Fox Lake Subdivision (Fox Lake-Janesville)