CHICAGO'S INTERLOCKINGS

BELT RAILWAY OF CHICAGO

Double track line. Most interlockings eventually came under dispatcher control. And a few non interlocked junctions also eventually came under dispatcher control, as control evolved into a CTC system.


Click for Google Map of Chicago/South

46TH AVENUE
Mechanical interlocking installed 1896

Crossing, prior to elevation over Baltimore & Ohio Altenheim Subdivision in early 1900's.

HAWTHORNE
Tower listed with Illinois Central

LEMOYNE
Mechanical interlocking installed 1892
Closed around 1960's

Crossing with CN former Alton Route and BNSF former Santa Fe main line. Those two paralleling railroads are now separated by the Stevenson Expressway but were always part of one interlocking.

55TH STREET
Tower listed with Indiana Harbor Belt

Click for Google Map of Chicago/Far South

HAYFORD
Electric interlocking installed 1939
Closed around 1980's

East end of Clearing Yard, crossing with CN former Grand Trunk Western line, and west end Rockwell Yard formerly used by Chesapeake & Ohio.

WESTERN AVENUE
Remote interlocking installed 1958, controlled from Hayford

East end Rockwell Yard formerly used by Chesapeake & Ohio, and connections with NS former Wabash Landers Yard.

FOREST HILL (75TH STREET)
Tower listed with Baltimore & Ohio

BELT JCT.
Electric interlocking installed 1941
Closed around 1980's

Junction where Belt Railway of Chicago and paralleling Metra Southwest line (former Wabash) would "switch places". East of here, the Metra line is to the north. While west of here, the Metra line is to the south.

80TH STREET
Remote interlocking installed recent years

Freight connections formerly between Chicago & Western Indiana and Belt Railway of Chicago.

BURNSIDE
Tower listed with Illinois Central

PULLMAN JCT.
Remote interlocking installed recent years

Junction involving Norfolk Southern's former Nickel Plate and Chicago & Western Indiana lines, and crossing with the Chicago Rail Link former Rock Island line. Norfolk Southern now uses the Chicago & Western Indiana line west of here, and the Nickel Plate line southeast of here. The Chicago & Western Indiana line southeast of here has been abandoned, while the Nickel Plate line north of here is now a lightly used industrial line.

ROCK ISLAND JCT.
Remote interlocking installed recent years

Junction with Chicago Rail Link (former Rock Island), and Baltimore & Ohio. Baltimore & Ohio passenger trains used trackage rights over the Rock Island, as far west as Beverly Jct. Those passenger trains were discontinued May 1, 1971, with the creation of Amtrak.