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ryanch wrote: ↑Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:08 am Does more freight move through Chicago on weekends because of the lower levels of commuter service?Sometimes, but not always. Taken as a whole, I'd say the overall day-to-day traffic is fairly steady throughout the area, but can and does vary by railroad, location, and logistics. Here in the land of the ex-CNW for instance, I've noticed Fridays are usually UP's busiest days for freight with more bulk commodities coming and going; the uptick often precedes weekend maintenance windows. Other roads may prefer to hold back traffic until after the work is done, some areas are more conducive to this than others; again, it depends.
eolesen wrote: ↑Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:17 am Yes, they do, but are they using the former Soo mainline all that much? Seems they favor using the EJ&E due to the lack of commuter interference.I think there's still a CN local based out of Schiller Park that serves maybe 2-3 customers between there and Leithton Jct, the latter being the point most freight traffic hops on/off the old J. CP has used Schiller Park yard in the past to augment their nearby Bensenville operation, don't know if that's still the case, especially since Bensenville was downgraded to flat switching and its hump removed.