Thursday, May 28, 2015

The abandoned Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad's former Illinois Northern Railroad industrial branchline. Chicago Illinois. January 2015.

Operated Monday thru Friday, with a switching local
originating from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railroad's Corwith Yard. This line departed from the
north end of Corwith Yard, crossed the Illinois Central
Gulf Railroad ex Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad crosstracks.
The line then crossed the Chicago, Sanitary and Ship Canal,
crossed the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad's Iowa Division
Mainline crosstracks, curved northeast, and served the once
numerous industries, in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.
The line terminated and interchanged with the former
Burlington Northern Railroad, at South Western and Blue
Island Avenues.
The BNSF Railway leased the line in 2001, to the short
line operator Central Illinois Railroad, who switched
the remaining and greatly diminished on line industries
as needed, until going defunct in 2010.
The tracks and crossing signals, have since been removed
on the former Illinois Northern branchline.

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