RAILROAD OPERATING INFORMATION

CSX TRANSPORTATION

Elsdon Subdivision

FORMERLY Grand Trunk Western Railroad
OPENED 1880 by Northwestern Grand Trunk Railway (Chicago-Munster)
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1888 (Chicago-Elsdon)
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1892-1893 (Elsdon-Thornton Jct.)
DOUBLE TRACK constructed 1898-1899 (Thornton Jct.-Munster)
ABS installed 1912-1915
CTC installed 1990's (Chicago-Hayford)/second track eliminated
CTC installed around 2000-2001 (Blue Island-Munster)
LAST PASSENGER TRAIN: Chicago-Toronto/1971

Amtrak's Cardinal and Hoosier State now utilize the trackage between Thornton Jct. and Munster, where a connection is made with CSX former Monon trackage south of Munster. In 2013, Grand Trunk Western successor CN transferred this segment to CSX control, eliminating the need for CSX former Monon freight trains to use trackage rights. At Harvey, new connections had been constructed with the former Illinois Central's Markham Yard, accommodating for the merger between the two railroads. But much of the CN traffic has been shifted to the Matteson Subdivision (former Elgin Joliet & Eastern) west of Griffith.

Radio Frequency - 160.230 (AAR Channel 08)
Dispatcher - 160.320 (AAR Channel 14)

Stations/Milepost Locations

Direction is eastward from Chicago to Griffith
Distance is from Chicago (Dearborn Station)

ITALICS INDICATE ABANDONED SEGMENTS

4.9 C&WI Jct.
8.7 Elsdon
11.8 Hayford (BRC crossing/remote-BRC dispatcher)
12.8 Ashburn (Metra crossing/remote-Landers Yard)
19.1 Vermont Street
19.3 BI Jct. (IHB/CSX crossing)
19.5 Broadway
20.2 Blue Island
22.6 CJ (junction-Chicago Heights Subdivision)
23.3 CN Jct. (junction-Chicago Heights Subdivision/CN)
25.1 Thornton Jct. (UP crossing)
28.6 Oak Glen
31.1 Munster (junction-Monon Subdivision)

Railport Yard to Elsdon Yard - yard rules.

Elsdon Yard to Hayford - 1 track, CTC in use.

Hayford to Broadway - 2 tracks, signaled for normal right hand operation.

Broadway to Munster - 2 tracks, CTC in use.

Controlled by CSX "RA" Dispatcher in Calumet City.


TRACK DIAGRAM


LOST STATIONS

Known discontinued passenger railroad stations. Includes zoomable Google maps.

INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Past and present towers and interlockings.