RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

METRA

Rock Island District

FORMERLY Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (Rock Island Lines)
OPENED 1854
DOUBLE TRACK constructed before 1874
ABS installed before 1893 (Chicago-Englewood)/before 1907 (Englewood-Joliet)
AUTOMATIC CAB SIGNALS installed 1921 (Blue Island-Joliet)
CTC installed 1943 (Blue Island-Joliet)
CTC installed 1990's (Chicago-Blue Island)
LAST INTERCITY PASSENGER TRAIN: Peoria Rocket and Quad Cities Rocket/1978
COMMUTER SERVICE: Metra Rock Island District

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Radio Frequency - 161.340 (AAR Channel 82)

Stations/Former Stations/Milepost Locations

(Current Metra stops are capitalized)

Direction is westward from Chicago to Joliet

0.0 CHICAGO/LA SALLE STREET
0.3 Polk Street
0.5 Taylor Street
1.1 16th Street (tower/IC crossing)
3.1 35TH STREET
3.8 CP Pershing (junction-CRL)
4.2 CP Wash
4.5 CP 46th Street
5.5 CP 54th Street
6.7 Englewood
9.0 CP 81st St.
9.8 GRESHAM
9.9 Gresham Jct. (junction)
10.9 LONGWOOD MANOR
12.0 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS
14.4 Purington
15.7 BLUE ISLAND-VERMONT STREET (tower)
15.9 Western Avenue Jct. (junction/remote-Blue Island)
17.2 ROBBINS
17.3 Robbins (junction-CSX/remote-Blue Island)
18.4 MIDLOTHIAN
20.4 OAK FOREST
23.2 CP 66th Court
23.5 TINLEY PARK
25.1 80TH AVENUE
27.2 HICKORY CREEK
29.6 MOKENA
29.6 CP Mokena
34.0 NEW LENOX
35.5 CP 35.5
38.9 CN Crossing
39.5 CP Miller Street
39.9 CP Richards Street
40.1 UD Tower (UP/BNSF crossing)
40.2 JOLIET
40.6 End Metra (connection-CSX)

3 tracks from Polk Street to 16th Street, Controlled Block System in use.

2 tracks from 16th Street to Richards Street, CTC in use, controlled from Metra's Consolidated Control Facility. Terminal Dispatcher controls trackage east of Gresham, and Road Dispatcher controls trackage west of Gresham. Road Dispatcher controls entire line nights and weekends. Cab signals in use between Purington and Richards Street.

1 track from Richards Street to Joliet, CTC in use, controlled from Metra's Consolidated Control Facility by Road Dispatcher.


TRACK DIAGRAM

Significant changes are under way in Joliet, as the station is reconfigured. In May 2015, UD Tower was closed, with control transferred to the Metra dispatcher.


TRACK DIAGRAM - LA SALLE STREET STATION


Classic Track Diagrams

Route between Chicago and Gresham as it likely existed at its peak, including joint operation with New York Central between Chicago and Englewood.


LOST STATIONS

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.

INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Past and present towers and interlockings.

CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

City ordinances and history of track elevation in Chicago.