West Chicago Line

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West Chicago Line

Postby BN7151 » Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:38 pm

Does anyone know what the status of the (possibly former) BN line to West Chicago, IL is? If it is still active, is there a diamond or flyover near the ex-C&NW line?

West Chicago Line

Postby Engineer Spike » Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:55 pm

The connection in W. Chicago is no longer uesd. There is still lots of local work. I worked the line in '97, and switched industries in Batavia.
Just before the line connected with the CNW, it crossed the EJE. That diamond is out.
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Postby bones » Sat Apr 03, 2004 12:08 pm

The "Irish Mail" was one of my favorite jobs when I worked there.
Uphill slow, downhill fast,
tonnage first, safety last!
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Postby AmtrakFan » Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:33 pm

Now their's talk about selling it I hear.


Postby AmtrakFan » Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:35 pm

Now their's talk about selling it I hear.


Postby arnstg » Sat Oct 09, 2004 8:58 pm

Took a drive up to W. Chicago today and can confirm that the line ends about 1-200 feet beyond the General Mills Distribution Center.

It must have been awhile ago since the residential streets have no hump for a RR crossing but have rails on both sides of the street.
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Postby MR77100 » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:09 pm

Was this the CB&Q's original line?
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Postby AmtrakFan » Wed Oct 13, 2004 8:59 am

MR77100 wrote:Was this the CB&Q's original line?

Yes it was.


Postby Scotty Burkhardt » Sun Jan 02, 2005 10:44 pm

its been awhile since ive been to w. chicago but isnt the diamond still there? all the tracks are gone but just south of the U.P./ EJE junction theres an abandoned diamond on the EJE. (this belongs in an EJE forum)
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