METRA TIPS/PHOTOS

MILWAUKEE DISTRICT - WEST LINE

Tower A-5 is the junction between the Milwaukee District north and west lines. Although this former Milwaukee Road line is now owned by Metra, the line is controlled by CP Rail/Soo Line. The west line passes mostly industrial areas between Chicago and Bensenville. Trains stop at Mars during rush hours only, and serve the Mars/M&M candy plant. Bensenville is the location of CP Rail's main freight yard in the area. Between Franklin Park and Bensenville, the line passes south of O'Hare Airport. West of Bensenville is a mixture of industrial, newer suburban residential, and undeveloped areas. Tower B-12 is the crossing with the CN/Wisconsin Central line, and where Metra's new North Central Service trains turn north towards Antioch. Service ends in Elgin, where Metra has three stations. In Elgin across the Fox River from the National Street stop is the Grand Victoria casino boat. Freight traffic is moderate over the entire route. Weekday Metra trains operate 3 miles beyond the original Elgin station to the new Big Timber Road stop, while weekend service continues to terminate at the original Elgin station.

Speed Limit: 70 mph
Chicago-Tower A-5: 60 mph


PHOTOS

Scenes along the line.