PASSENGER TRAINS IN CHICAGO

PRIOR TO AMTRAK

Prior to Amtrak's creation in 1971, many private railroads operated passenger trains in and out of Chicago. Included are sample departures and arrivals of trains for each railroad for the years 1942, 1956, and 1971. Also included are descriptions of the many different routings to get in and out of the various downtown terminals. Finally, are timelines graphically showing the decline of passenger trains, beginning in 1956. 1956 was the peak year of the streamliner, and also the first year the Interstate highway system was created.


CENTRAL STATION

Former railroads: Illinois Central, NYC (Big Four, Michigan Central)

Sample Departures and Arrivals
Routings
Declines


DEARBORN STATION

Former railroads: Santa Fe, C&O, C&EI, Erie, GTW, Monon, Wabash

Sample Departures and Arrivals
Routings
Declines


LA SALLE STREET STATION

Former railroads: Rock Island, New York Central, Nickel Plate

Sample Departures and Arrivals
Routings
Declines


GRAND CENTRAL STATION

Former railroads: B&O, C&O (Pere Marquette), CGW, Soo Line

Sample Departures and Arrivals
Routings
Declines


UNION STATION

Former railroads: Burlington, Alton (GM&O), Pennsylvania, Milwaukee Road

Sample Departures and Arrivals
Routings
Declines


NORTHWESTERN STATION

Former railroads: C&NW, UP (via C&NW), B&O/C&O (1969-1971)

Sample Departures and Arrivals
Routings
Declines


RAILROAD MAPS

These maps of railroads in the Chicago area will aid in the understanding of the various passenger train routes.


Information is from various issues of "The Official Guide of the Railways", and from various actual railroad timetables.