RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

BELT RAILWAY OF CHICAGO

CONSTRUCTED 1882-1883
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1882-1883

Main yard is Clearing Yard. The east end of the yard is reached from 65th Street. The west end of the yard can be reached via the 59th St. Branch, diverging from the Main Line at 55th Street.

Radio Frequency (Dispatcher-North) - 160.695 (AAR Channel 39)

Radio Frequency (Dispatcher-South) - 160.500 (AAR Channel 26)

Stations

Direction is southward from Cragin to Pullman Jct.

0.0 Cragin (junction - CP/remote-Metra Tower B-12 Dispatcher)
3.2 14th Street (connection - CSX)
3.5 22nd Street (connection - Manufacturer's Junction)
5.6 Hawthorne (crossing - CN/BNSF)
6.6 Lemoyne (crossing - CN)
8.3 55th Street (junction - Clearing Yard)
10.0 67th Street (junction - Clearing Yard)
11.4 East End Switches
11.6 Hayford (crossing - CSX)
12.4 Rockwell Street Yard
13.0 Western Avenue (crossing - CSX)
13.4 Forest Hill
14.3 Belt Junction (junction - Metra)
15.8 80th Street (junction - UP)
16.8 87th Street
19.5 Pullman Jct. (junction - NS)
21.4 Rock Island Jct.
22.3 South Chicago Yard
24.0 End Of Track

0.0 55th Street (junction)
3.1 Narragansett (junction - IHB)
4.3 65th Street
4.7 West Sub Office
6.4 Clearing Yard

Cragin to 55th St. - 2 tracks, CTC in use, controlled by North Dispatcher.

55th St. to Rock Island Jct. - 2 tracks, CTC in use, controlled by South Dispatcher.

59th St. Branch - 2 tracks, CTC in use, controlled by North Dispatcher.


TRACK DIAGRAM


INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Past and present towers and interlockings.

CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

City ordinances and history of track elevation in Chicago.