Calumet River Railway (Illinois)

The Calumet River Railway built a 4-mile (6.4 km) rail line in Chicago, serving industries on the east side of the Calumet River. The company was incorporated on March 5, 1883, and completed the line on September 16, 1895. From opening, it was operated by the Pennsylvania Company, which also operated the lines to which it connected - the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway near 100th Street in South Chicago and the South Chicago and Southern Railroad near 132nd Street in Hegewisch. On February 5, 1901, the Calumet River Railway was merged into the South Chicago and Southern Railroad.[1] The lease was transferred from the Pennsylvania Company to parent Pennsylvania Railroad on January 1, 1918,[2] and to the Penn Central Transportation Company in 1968. In 1954 the South Chicago and Southern Railroad was merged into the Penndel Company,[3] and in 1976 ownership and operation of the line was acquired by the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail).

Calumet River Railway
Dates of operationMarch 5, 1883 (1883-03-05)–February 5, 1901 (1901-02-05)
SuccessorSouth Chicago and Southern Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Length4 mi (6.4 km)

In 1999, with the split on Conrail, the line was transferred to the Norfolk Southern Railway, which calls it the Calumet River Industrial Track.[4] The South Chicago and Indiana Harbor Railway has trackage rights over the north half of the line,[5] which predecessor Chicago Short Line Railway acquired to reach the old Republic Steel coke works near 110th Street.

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  1. ^ Interstate Commerce Commission (1929), Valuation Docket No. 386: South Chicago & Southern Railroad Company, 23 Val. Rep., p. 1
  2. ^ Baer, Christopher T. "PRR Chronology". Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society.
  3. ^ Moody's Transportation Manual. 1976. p. 279.
  4. ^ Norfolk Southern Railway, Dearborn Division track charts, 2007
  5. ^ "STB Finance Docket No. 34188". Surface Transportation Board. May 2, 2002.