Thursday, July 12, 2007

Southbound Canadian Pacific transfer train. Hawthorne Junction. Chicago Illinois USA. June 2007.

A southbound Canadian Pacific Railroad transfer train, has just crossed over the former Illinois Central / CN crosstracks at Hawthorne junction, and is traveling south to Clearing Yard.
The train is seen on the Belt Railway of Chicago's North -South connecting trunk line. Hawthorne Junction is located at the Chicago City Limits at approximately west 33rd Street a few blocks east of South Cicero Avenue, and the West suburban village of Cicero Illinois. This is a very busy railroad junction and interchange, with numerous BRC transfer trains from other railroads, and east / west traffic from the Canadian National Railroad.


tlee169 said...

Was this the CIW portion of IC rail that crossed Cicero Avenue at grade?

Eddie said...

Hi tlee.
No. The Illinois Central subsidiary terminal switching line known as the Chicago & Illinois Western, crossed South Cicero Avenue at Grade just north of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal at West 39th Street. The former Illinois Central Railroad line that goes east and west through here, is the old Iowa Division Mainline. The Iowa Division Mainline operates between Chicago Illinois, and Waterloo Iowa. Both the C&I,W affiliate, and the old Illinois Central have been Canadian National since the 1999 merger and corporate absorbtion.

Thank You.