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.
Several former railroads between Kankakee and Bloomington.
Former Rock Island route through South Chicago.
Former Illinois Central route south of Decatur.
Former Nickel Plate route.
Former Louisville & Nashville route northwest of Evansville IN.
Former Burlington Route branches.
Former Rock Island routes.
Several former railroads between Kankakee and Lafayette.
Former Toledo Peoria & Western line.
Former Milwaukee Road lines.