RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE

Aurora Subdivision (La Crosse)

FORMERLY Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route)
(Savanna & North La Crosse Subdivision)
CONSTRUCTED 1886 by Chicago Burlington & Northern Railroad
ABS installed 1915-1917
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1926-1929
CTC installed 2010's
LAST PASSENGER TRAIN: Twin Zephyr/1971

Between Ports and Crawford is the single track bridge over the Wisconsin River. CTC reportedly was installed here in 1917, but that might have actually been a controlled manual block system. A newer CTC installation in 1963 also included the double track from Crawford to Prairie Du Chien. The segment between Graf and La Crosse was double tracked only in recent years. In La Crosse, a CTC installation in 1946 originally included the double track south of Graf to Herrington. Herrington was a previously interlocked junction with an earlier separate passenger route, which provided more central access to La Crosse.

Between Portage and East Cabin, the line in 1888 was acquired by the paralleling Illinois Central, which operated both tracks as a double track line, with Burlington having trackage rights. In 1994, BNSF gained control of the segment, and quickly installed CTC.

Radio Frequency - 161.100 (AAR Channel 66)

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is westward from Savanna to La Crosse
Distance is from Chicago

143.7 Savanna
144.8 Canadian Pacific Crossing (automatic interlocking)
146.2 CP 1462
156.9 Robinson Spur
158.1 Whitton
163.8 Blanding
171.6 Galena
172.2 Portage (junction-CN)
177.2 Menominee
180.3 Budd
183.2 Murphy
184.6 East Cabin (junction-CN)
185.2 East Dubuque
200.0 Potosi
213.0 Cassville
222.8 Glen Haven
228.4 Bagley
232.0 Wyalusing
235.8 Ports
237.0 Crawford
239.7 Prairie Du Chien
247.4 Charne
254.4 Lynxville
262.2 Ferryville
270.1 De Soto
274.8 Victory
280.7 Genoa
286.7 Stoddard
294.7 Herrington
296.3 Graf
299.9 Grand Crossing
300.2 North La Crosse

2 tracks, CTC in use. 1 track CTC between Galena and Portage and between Ports and Crawford. Controlled by La Crosse Dispatcher in Fort Worth, Texas.


TRACK DIAGRAM

CTC has recently been extended over this line, accuracy of the the Google satellite images is not entirely certain.


LOST STATIONS (ILLINOIS)

LOST STATIONS (WISCONSIN)

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.

INTERLOCKING TOWERS (ILLINOIS)

INTERLOCKING TOWERS (WISCONSIN)

Past and present towers and interlockings.