Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by Otto Vondrak
CHTT1 wrote:After Amtrak Day, Dearborn Street station was closed and the N&W trains used a platform at the west side of the station property. This continued for several years until the Regional Transportation Authority (pre Metra, I believe), took over and moved the Cannonball to Union Station. The Dearborn Station headhouse still exists and has been reborn as a shopping center/office building. South and east of the station is a thriving residential area and no tracks exist anywhere near the old station.
So after Amtrak Day, the N&W just made their own little make-do facility until 1976? Interesting!

Thanks all who provided photos and interesting data about this unique operation...