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McHenry Subdivision

FORMERLY Chicago & North Western Railway
OPENED 1854 by Fox River Valley Railroad (Elgin-Genoa City)
OPENED 1871 by State Line & Union Railroad (Genoa City-Lake Geneva)
OPENED 1887 (Lake Geneva-Williams Bay)
COMMUTER SERVICE: Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line (discontinued north of McHenry)
SEGMENTS DOWNGRADED/ABANDONED 1980's

Line was originally a branch off the old Galena Division, diverging north from its original line at Elgin. During the 1930's, service was discontinued between Elgin and Crystal Lake, with all trains using the more direct Wisconsin Division line between Chicago and Crystal Lake. Williams Bay was the northern terminal, with service cut back to Lake Geneva in 1966, Richmond in 1975, and McHenry in 1980.

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Radio Frequency - 161.040 (AAR Channel 62)

Stations/Former Stations/Milepost Locations

(Current Metra stops are capitalized)

Direction is northward from Elgin to Williams Bay
Distance is from Chicago via West Chicago

ITALICS INDICATE ABANDONED SEGMENTS

41.0 Tower B-35 (CMStP&P crossing)
42.8 East Elgin
47.6 Dundee
48.4 Carpentersville
52.9 Algonquin
58.2 Crystal Lake Jct. (junction-UP)
58.6 West Wye Switch
61.3 Terra Cotta
65.8 MCHENRY
69.2 Ringwood
75.6 Richmond
77.3 Genoa City
80.4 Pell Lake
85.9 Lake Geneva
90.1 Lake Como
91.9 Williams Bay

1 track, Track Warrant Control in use.


TRACK DIAGRAM


LOST STATIONS (SOUTH OF CRYSTAL LAKE)

LOST STATIONS (NORTH OF CRYSTAL LAKE)

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.