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

Several former railroads between Kankakee and Bloomington.

BURLINGTON JUNCTION RAILWAY

Former Burlington Route line south of Quincy.

CHICAGO RAIL LINK

Former Rock Island route through South Chicago.

DECATUR JUNCTION RAILWAY

Former Illinois Central route south of Decatur.

EASTERN ILLINOIS RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate route.

EVANSVILLE WESTERN RAILWAY

Former Louisville & Nashville route northwest of Evansville IN.

ILLINOIS RAILWAY

Former Burlington Route branches.

IOWA INTERSTATE

Former Rock Island routes.

KANKAKEE BEAVERVILLE & SOUTHERN

Several former railroads between Kankakee and Lafayette.

KEOKUK JUNCTION RAILWAY

Former Toledo Peoria & Western line.

TAZEWELL & PEORIA RAILROAD

Former Peoria & Pekin Union Railway.

WISCONSIN & SOUTHERN

Former Milwaukee Road lines.