RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE

Chillicothe Subdivision (Chicago Terminal)

FORMERLY Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (Santa Fe)
(Illinois Division/1st District)
CONSTRUCTED 1875 by Chicago & Alton Railroad (Plaines-Pequot/south track)
CONSTRUCTED 1885 by Chicago & St. Louis Railway (Chicago-Pequot)
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1905-1911 (Chicago-Plaines)
ABS installed 1922-1925 (Chicago-Willow Springs)
BIDIRECTIONAL ABS installed 1927 (Willow Springs-Joliet)
BIDIRECTIONAL ABS installed 1953 (Chicago-Willow Springs)
CTC installed 1960's (Chicago-Joliet)
ABS installed 1927 (Joliet-Pequot)
CTC installed 2000's (Joliet-Pequot)
DOWNGRADED/ABANDONED after 1971 (Chicago-Bridgeport)
LAST PASSENGER TRAIN: Southwest Chief (Amtrak)/1996
DOWNGRADED/ABANDONED after 1996 (Bridgeport-Ash Street)

Between 1905 and 2008, between Plaines and Pequot, Santa Fe had a paired track arrangement with Chicago & Alton and various successor railroads. And that segment did not have complete CTC until the early 2000's. And in 2008, the connection was broken at Pequot with Alton successor Union Pacific, and Santa Fe successor BNSF assumed complete control of the paired track.

Radio Frequency (NS Connection-McCook) - 161.385 (AAR Channel 85)

Radio Frequency (McCook-Pequot) - 160.650 (AAR Channel 36)

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is westward from Chicago to Pequot
Distance is from Chicago

ITALICS INDICATE ABANDONED SEGMENTS

0.0 Chicago
1.3 C&WI Jct.
1.4 21st Street (PRR crossing)
3.2 Bridgeport
4.4 Ash Street (B&O/PRR/CJ crossing)
4.6 CP 46
5.8 California
5.9 Corwith (CN crossing)
6.1 Pulaski
7.3 Nerska (BRC crossing/remote-BRC dispatcher)
12.9 McCook (IHB crossing/remote-IHB dispatcher)
13.4 CP 134
14.4 Harbor
15.1 CP 151
15.5 CP 155
17.0 Willow Springs
17.3 CP 173
17.6 CP 176
18.7 CP 187
23.0 Argonne
25.1 Lemont
29.3 Romeo
32.7 Lockport
36.2 Joliet Yard
37.5 Joliet Union Station (Metra crossing/remote-Metra dispatcher)
41.5 Plaines
46.0 CP 460
46.1 Millsdale
47.0 Logistics Park
47.2 CP 472
48.2 CP 482
49.6 CP 496
50.3 Blodgett
52.8 Lorenzo
57.2 Pequot

2 tracks, CTC in use, controlled by dispatchers in Fort Worth, Texas. DS1 Dispatcher controls trackage CP 46 to Romeoville, DS25 Dispatcher controls trackage Romeoville to Pequot.


TRACK DIAGRAM

Significant changes are under way in Joliet, as the station is reconfigured. In May 2015, UD Tower was closed, with control transferred to the Metra dispatcher.

Classic Track Diagrams

Track diagram of segment between Chicago and Coal City, as of early 1950's, prior to installation of CTC. Between Joliet and Coal City, line was a paired track with Gulf Mobile & Ohio.


LOST STATIONS

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.

INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Past and present towers and interlockings.

CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

City ordinances and history of track elevation in Chicago.