The Union Pacific North Line (UP-N) is a Metra line in the Chicago metropolitan area. It runs between Ogilvie Transportation Center and Kenosha, Wisconsin; however, most trains terminate in Waukegan, Illinois. Although Metra owns the rolling stock, the trains are operated and dispatched by the Union Pacific Railroad. This line was previously operated by the Chicago & North Western Railway before its merger with Union Pacific, and was called the Chicago and North Western Milwaukee Division and then the Chicago & North Western/North Line before the C&NW was absorbed by Union Pacific in April 1995. It is the only Metra line that travels outside Illinois.
The current timetable as of September 13, 2021, has 37 inbound trains and 37 outbound trains on weekdays. Of these, five inbound trains originate from Kenosha, 18 from Waukegan, six from Highland Park, and eight from Winnetka. Nine outbound trains terminate at Winnetka, five at Highland Park, 18 at Waukegan, and five at Kenosha.
13 inbound trains and 13 outbound trains operate on Saturdays. Of these, five inbound trains originate from Kenosha and eight from Waukegan. Six outbound trains terminate at Waukegan and seven at Kenosha.
Nine inbound trains and nine outbound trains operate on Sundays. Of these, three inbound trains originate from Kenosha and six from Waukegan. Six outbound trains terminate at Waukegan and three at Kenosha.
The route followed by the UP North Line was constructed in 1854 by the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad. Passenger service between Chicago and Waukegan began on January 4, 1855. Initially, a single train operated each day, departing from a terminal in Chicago at Water St. and Kinzie St. at 8:30 am and returning from Waukegan at 3:30 pm. The president of the railroad, former Chicago mayor Walter S. Gurnee, speculated on land in Lake County spurring the development of railway suburbs along the line. The railroad merged with the Green Bay, Milwaukee & Chicago Railroad in 1863, and was acquired by the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1866. Commuter rail services along the line started operating into the new Chicago and North Western Terminal (now Ogilvie Transportation Center) in 1911. In 1966, the Chicago and North Western closed the Lake Front Depot and began operating into the new Milwaukee Union Station. This service would ultimately prove to be relatively short lived as the Chicago and North Western ended operations between Chicago and Milwaukee in 1971 and the line was truncated to Kenosha.
The North line became part of Metra when the agency was formed in 1984. The trains continued to be operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway under contract until that railroad was bought by Union Pacific in 1995. UP now operates passenger services along the line for Metra. Under a longstanding agreement that UP inherited from the C&NW, Metra owns the vehicles and the stations along the line, but Union Pacific employs the crew who actually operate the trains, and they also control the right-of-way along the route.
All stations on the line except for Ravinia Park are open daily. Ravinia Park is only open during the Ravinia Festival in the summer months.
The service uses the Union Pacific Railroad's Kenosha Subdivision between Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago and Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Kenosha Subdivision continues to St. Francis, Wisconsin and a junction with the Union Pacific's Milwaukee Subdivision. No passenger trains operate north of Kenosha.
|State||Zone||Location||Station||Connections and notes|
|Milwaukee||Milwaukee||Closed April 30, 1971|
|National Avenue||Closed between 1943 and 1956|
|Cudahy||Cudahy Depot||Closed between 1956 and 1961|
|South Milwaukee||South Milwaukee||Closed between 1956 and 1961|
|Racine||Racine Depot||Closed April 30, 1971|
|J||Kenosha||Kenosha|| Kenosha Area Transit: 1, 4|
|IL||I||Winthrop Harbor||Winthrop Harbor|
|Zion||Camp Logan||Closed after October 28, 1956, served Camp Logan|
|Zion||Pace: 571 Zion|
|Beach Park||Dunes Park||Closed after October 28, 1956|
|Waukegan||Asbestos||Closed after October 28, 1956|
|H||Waukegan||Pace: 561 Castlecrest via McAree, 562 Gurnee via Sunset, 563 GLNS, 564 Jackson/14th, 565 Grand, 568 Belvidere, 571 Zion, 572 Washington|
|G||North Chicago||Abbott's Platform||Closed 1986|
|North Chicago||Pace: 563 GLNS, 564 Jackson/14th|
|Great Lakes||Pace: 563 GLNS|
|Lake Bluff||Lake Bluff|
|F||Lake Forest||Lake Forest|
|Highwood||Fort Sheridan||Pace: 472 Highland Park–Highwood|
|E||Highwood||Pace: 472 Highland Park–Highwood|
|Highland Park||Highland Park||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road, 471 Highland Park–Northbrook Court, 472 Highland Park–Highwood|
|D||Glencoe||Glencoe||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road|
|Winnetka||Hubbard Woods||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road|
|Winnetka||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road, 423 Linden CTA–The Glen–Harlem CTA|
|Indian Hill||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road|
|Kenilworth||Kenilworth||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road|
|C||Wilmette||Wilmette||Pace: 213 Green Bay Road, 421 Wilmette Avenue, 422 Linden CTA–Glenview–Northbrook Court|
|Evanston||Evanston Central Street|| CTA Bus: 201 Central/Ridge, 206 Evanston Circulator|
Pace: 213 Green Bay Road
|Evanston Davis Street|| Chicago "L": (at Davis)|
CTA Bus: 93 California/Dodge, 201 Central/Ridge, 206 Evanston Circulator
Pace: 208 Golf Road, 213 Green Bay Road, 250 Dempster Street
|Dempster Street||Closed December 1, 1958|
|Evanston Main Street|| Chicago "L": (at Main)|
CTA Bus: 206 Evanston Circulator
Pace: 213 Green Bay Road
|Calvary||Closed December 1, 1958|
|B||Chicago||Rogers Park||CTA Bus: 22 Clark, 96 Lunt|
|Kenmore||Closed December 1, 1958|
|Peterson Ridge||Planned station|
|Rose Hill||Closed December 1, 1958,|
|Summerdale||Closed December 1, 1958|
|Ravenswood|| Chicago "L": (at Damen)|
CTA Bus: 81 Lawrence
|Ravenswood–Wilson||Closed December 1, 1958|
|Northcenter||Closed December 1, 1958|
|Belmont Avenue||Closed December 1, 1958|
|Deering||Closed after June 13, 1943|
|A||Clybourn|| Metra: ■ Union Pacific Northwest|
CTA Bus: 9 Ashland, X9 Ashland Express, 73 Armitage
| Metra: ■ Union Pacific Northwest, ■ Union Pacific West|
Chicago "L": (at Clinton)
CTA Bus: J14, 19, 56, 60, 120, 124, 125, 126, 128, 130, 157, 192
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