HISTORIC PASSENGER TRAIN ROUTES

DEARBORN STATION

Main intercity passenger routes out of Chicago.

Links to "railfan timetable" information for present railroads, whether successor Amtrak service or freight only, along with information on abandoned routes. Also included are current or "classic" track diagrams.

Station was owned by Chicago & Western Indiana, which was jointly owned by all railroads using the station except Santa Fe. All railroads except Santa Fe used at least part of the Chicago & Western Indiana main line to serve Chicago. In 1976, a connection was constructed at 21st Street between the Chicago & Western Indiana main line and Chicago Union Station trackage, enabling trains to use that station. Chicago & Western Indiana was eventually dissolved, with trackage acquired by several railroads.


Chicago & Western Indiana

Chicago-74th Street - Metra Southwest Sub District
74th Street-81st Street - Belt Railway Of Chicago
81st Street-State Line - NS Chicago District
81st Street-Dolton - UP Villa Grove Subdivision

Grand Trunk Western

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and 47th Street.

Passenger service discontinued in 1971 with the creation of Amtrak. In 1974, Amtrak introduced service between Battle Creek and Port Huron, using same route west of Battle Creek as used by trains between Chicago and Detroit.

47th Street-Munster - CSX Elsdon Subdivision
Munster-Battle Creek - CN South Bend Subdivision
Battle Creek-Port Huron - CN Flint Subdivision
Durand-Detroit - CN Holly Subdivision

Wabash (Decatur Division)

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and 74th Street.

Passenger service discontinued in 1971 with the creation of Amtrak.

74th Street-Manhattan - Metra Southwest Sub District
Manhattan-Forrest - Wabash/6th District (abandoned)
Forrest-Gibson City - Bloomer Line
Gibson City-Bement - NS Bloomington District
Bement-Decatur - NS Lafayette District
Decatur-St. Louis - NS Brooklyn District

Chicago & Eastern Illinois

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and Dolton.

Passenger service discontinued in 1971 with the creation of Amtrak. Service southwest of Woodland Jct. through Villa Grove was discontinued in 1958, although that route is occasionally used by Amtrak trains detouring between Chicago and St. Louis.

Dolton-Woodland Jct. - UP Villa Grove Subdivision
Woodland Jct.-Danville - CSX Woodland Subdivision
Danville-Evansville - CSX CED Subdivision
Woodland Jct.-Villa Grove - UP Villa Grove Subdivision

Wabash (Montpelier Division)

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and State Line.

Passenger service discontinued 1960's, by then mixed train service operating only east of Gary.

State Line-Clarke Jct. - CSX Barr Subdivision
Clarke Jct.-Montpelier - Wabash/4th District (abandoned)

Monon

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and State Line.

Passenger service originally discontinued in 1967. Between 1975 and 1979, Amtrak's "Floridian" operated over this line, due to deteriorated track conditions on what had become Penn Central Railroad between Chicago and Louisville. In 1980, Amtrak introduced service between Chicago and Indianapolis using a portion of this route, but using different routings north of Munster.

State Line-Monon-Lafayette - CSX Monon Subdivision
Lafayette-Bloomington - CSX Lafayette Subdivision (portions abandoned)
Bloomington-Louisville - CSX Hoosier Subdivision (portions abandoned)
Monon to Indianapolis - CSX Monticello Branch (mostly abandoned)

Erie

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and State Line.

Passenger service discontinued 1970.

State Line-Huntington - Erie Chicago Subdivision (abandoned)
Huntington-Marion - Erie Lima Subdivision (abandoned)

Chesapeake & Ohio

Trains used above Chicago & Western Indiana route between Chicago and State Line, and above Erie route between State Line and Griffith.

Historically, this line's main passenger access in Chicago involved the Chicago & Western Indiana route. But this was only from 1910 to 1925, with trains using Dearborn Station. And from 1974 to 1977, Amtrak trains between Chicago and Cincinnati had no choice but to use this route, due to deteriorated track conditions on what had become Penn Central Railroad. The Amtrak trains used Union Station. Chesapeake & Ohio passenger service had been discontinued between Chicago and Hammond in 1933. From the line's opening in 1907 to 1910, trains used Central Station, using Chesapeake & Ohio's obscure Hammond Belt Railway subsidiary between Riverdale and Hammond. From 1925 to 1933, trains again used Central Station, but trains used the Nickel Plate line from near 83rd St. to Hammond. Chesapeake & Ohio passenger service between Hammond and Cincinnati was discontinued in 1949.

Griffith-Peru - C&O Wabash Subdivision (mostly abandoned)
Peru-Cincinnati - C&O Miami Subdivision (abandoned)

When Conrail abandoned the Erie line in 1976, Chesapeake & Ohio began routing its freight trains over the Baltimore & Ohio line east to Wellsboro, and via the Chesapeake & Ohio La Crosse Subdivision south to La Crosse. Amtrak switched to that routing in 1977. And in 1986, the Cardinal routing was changed again to allow CSX, the new owners of the line, to downgrade the line.

Santa Fe

Passenger service continued under Amtrak until 1996, using the former Alton/Gulf Mobile & Ohio route between Union Station and Bridgeport. In 1996 after BNSF merger, Amtrak trains began using former Burlington Route between Chicago and Galesburg.

Chicago to Pequot - BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision/1st District
Pequot to Chillicothe - BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision/1st District
Chillicothe-Fort Madison - BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision/2nd District
Fort Madison to Marceline - BNSF Marceline Subdivision/3rd District
Marceline to Kansas City - BNSF Marceline Subdivision/4th District


MAP OF PASSENGER TRAIN ROUTINGS