SHORT LINE RAILROADS - ILLINOIS
Smaller companies operating former main line trackage, no longer wanted by the large railroads. In 1976, the bankruptcy of Penn Central and other northeast railroads led to the formation of Conrail, which was free to abandon routes with limited traffic potential. Thus began a new trend of forming short line railroads, which could operate certain routes more successfully than the large railroads.
Acquired two lines in area between Kankakee and Bloomington.
BURLINGTON JUNCTION RAILWAY
Former Burlington Route line south of Quincy.
CHICAGO RAIL LINK
Former Rock Island route through South Chicago.
Gresham Jct.-South Chicago
DECATUR & EASTERN ILLINOIS RAILROAD
Acquired several lines in eastern Illinois.
Hillsdale IN-Decatur IL
DECATUR JUNCTION RAILWAY
Former Illinois Central route south of Decatur.
EASTERN ILLINOIS RAILROAD
Former Nickel Plate route.
EVANSVILLE WESTERN RAILWAY
Former Louisville & Nashville route northwest of Evansville IN.
Several branch lines acquired from BNSF.
Fox River Line (Montgomery-Streator)
La Salle Line (La Salle-Zearing)
Rockford Line (Flag Center-Rockford)
Mt. Morris Line (Oregon-Mt. Morris)
Former Rock Island routes.
Subdivision 1 (Utica-Davenport)
Subdivision 2 (Bureau-Peoria)
KANKAKEE BEAVERVILLE & SOUTHERN
Several former railroads between Kankakee and Lafayette IN.
KEOKUK JUNCTION RAILWAY
Former Toledo Peoria & Western line.
TAZEWELL & PEORIA RAILROAD
Former Peoria & Pekin Union Railway.
VERMILLION VALLEY RAILROAD
Former New York Central Peoria & Eastern line east of Danville IL.
WISCONSIN & SOUTHERN
Former Milwaukee Road lines.
Fox Lake Subdivision (Fox Lake-Janesville)