RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

CHESAPEAKE & INDIANA

Wabash Subdivision

FORMERLY Chesapeake & Ohio Railway
(Wabash Subdivision)
CONSTRUCTED 1901-1907 by Chicago Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad
CTC installed 1953-1954
LAST PASSENGER TRAIN: Cardinal (Amtrak)/1986
ABANDONED 1981 (Griffith-Malden)/1987 (North Judson-Peru)
REMAINDER DOWNGRADED

Segment was part of Chesapeake & Ohio main line between Chicago and Cincinnati. Through passenger service from Chicago was discontinued in 1933, operating only from Hammond until 1949. In 1974, because of deteriorated trackage on the then Penn Central, Amtrak's James Whitcomb Riley began using this route. This main line previously extended northwest of La Crosse, connecting with the Erie Railroad in Hammond, and subsequently via the Chicago & Western Indiana to enter Chicago. After Conrail abandoned the successor Erie Lackawanna line in 1976, the then Chessie System did not want to assume responsibility for the Erie Lackawanna line, instead opting to operate Chicago-Cincinnati freight trains via the former Baltimore & Ohio main line, and the former Pere Marquette La Crosse Subdivision between Wellsboro and La Crosse. Amtrak's James Whitcomb Riley, later the Cardinal, also used this routing via Wellsboro. Beginning in 1986, most of the Chicago-Cincinnati line was abandoned or downgraded, with the Cardinal shifted to a new routing via Indianapolis.

Radio Frequency - unknown

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is eastward from Chicago to Peru
Distance is from Cincinnati

ITALICS INDICATE ABANDONED SEGMENTS

260.5 HY Tower
257.2 Highland (NYC crossing)
253.8 Griffith (GTW/EJ&E/NYC crossing)
248.8 Merrillville
240.1 Beatrice
231.0 Malden
223.5 Wade (Monon crossing)
222.6 La Crosse
217.7 English Lake
213.4 North Judson
212.8 End Of Track
209.8 Park
202.8 Beardstown
194.2 Lake Bruce
189.9 Kewanna (PRR crossing)
180.5 Fulton
174.6 Twelve Mile
170.1 Hoover (PRR crossing)
163.1 CW Tower (Wabash crossing)
161.0 Peru

1 track, unsignaled.


CLASSIC TRACK DIAGRAMS

Track diagram as the line existed in the late 1970's.


LOST STATIONS

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.

INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Past and present towers and interlockings.