HISTORIC MAIN PASSENGER ROUTES

Included are lists of stations, crossings and junctions, mileposts, number of tracks, signal systems, and track diagrams for signaled lines. Also included are brief histories of each line, including construction, double tracking, and installation of signal systems.

This section emphasizes "corridors", typically in the 100 to 500 mile range. Some of these corridors are being developed or have been developed by Amtrak. While other corridors have been discontinued, either lacking sufficient potential or because they historically were "competing" routes to the routes adopted by Amtrak.

Also included are abandoned lines and segments, with stations indicated in italics. And included are "classic track diagrams" for many routes, showing the way they were as higher capacity passenger main lines.


CHICAGO'S MAIN PASSENGER ROUTES

Organized by downtown station.

CENTRAL STATION

Former railroads: Illinois Central, NYC (Big Four, Michigan Central)

DEARBORN STATION

Former railroads: Santa Fe, C&O, C&EI, Erie, GTW, Monon, Wabash

LA SALLE STREET STATION

Former railroads: Rock Island, New York Central, Nickel Plate

GRAND CENTRAL STATION

Former railroads: B&O, C&O (Pere Marquette), CGW, Soo Line

UNION STATION

Former railroads: Burlington, Alton (GM&O), Pennsylvania, Milwaukee Road

NORTHWESTERN STATION

Former railroads: Chicago & North Western


CLASSIC HIGH SPEED ROUTES

Scanned images from various railroad employee timetables during the golden age of passenger trains, when certain speed limits were actually higher than at present.

METHODS OF TRAIN OPERATION

Descriptions of the various methods of train dispatching and signal systems, including explanations of CTC and other methods of authorizing train movements.

TRACK DIAGRAMS EXPLAINED

Explanations of the track diagrams on this Web site, which are color coded according to methods of train operation.