Union Pacific / West Line

The Union Pacific West Line (UP-W) is a Metra commuter rail line operated by Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its western suburbs. Metra does not refer to its lines by particular colors, but the timetable accents for the Union Pacific/West line are "Kate Shelley Rose" pink, honoring an Iowa woman who saved a Chicago & North Western Railway train from disaster in 1881. Yellow and green were already selected for the Union Pacific North and Northwest lines respectively, so pink was chosen for this line.[3] In April 2013 the public timetable shows 30 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 22 run to Elburn. Of the 8 trains on weekdays that do not run through to Elburn, 4 terminate at Elmhurst, 2 at Geneva, 1 at West Chicago, and 1 at La Fox. All weekend trains run through to Elburn. Until 2006, all Metra trains on this line terminated at Geneva. The line runs as part of the Union Pacific Railroad's Geneva Subdivision (ex-C&NW line to Clinton, Iowa.)

Union Pacific West Line
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Overview
TypeCommuter Rail
SystemMetra
TerminiOgilvie Transportation Center
Elburn
Stations19
Daily ridership27,196 (avg. weekday 2014)[1]
Operation
OwnerUnion Pacific Railroad (Leased to Metra)
Operator(s)Union Pacific Railroad
Metra
Technical
Line length43.8 miles[2]
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Route map

44.0 mi
70.8 km
Elburn
Elburn yard
40.8 mi
65.7 km
La Fox
38.1 mi
61.3 km
St. Charles
closed 1951
35.5 mi
57.1 km
Geneva
Freeport branch
29.7 mi
47.8 km
West Chicago
27.5 mi
44.3 km
Winfield
25.0 mi
40.2 km
Wheaton
23.8 mi
38.3 km
College Avenue
22.4 mi
36 km
Glen Ellyn
19.9 mi
32 km
Lombard
17.8 mi
28.6 km
Villa Park
15.7 mi
25.3 km
Elmhurst
14.3 mi
23 km
Berkeley
12.7 mi
20.4 km
Bellwood
11.3 mi
18.2 km
Melrose Park
10.5 mi
16.9 km
Maywood
9.7 mi
15.6 km
River Forest
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9.1 mi
14.6 km
Lathrop
closed 1958
8.5 mi
13.7 km
Oak Park
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8.2 mi
13.2 km
Avenue
closed 1958
7.7 mi
12.4 km
Ridgeland
closed 1958
7.2 mi
11.6 km
Austin Blvd.
closed 1958
6.7 mi
10.8 km
Austin
closed 1958
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4.8 mi
7.7 km
Keeler
(employees only)
3.6 mi
5.8 km
Kedzie
3.0 mi
4.8 km
California Ave. coach yard
Western Ave. Corridor
MD-N MD-W NCS Amtrak
2.6 mi
4.2 km
UP-N UP-NW
Chicago River (
north
branch
)
Wells Street Station
(1853–1911)
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Ogilvie

The line runs from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago through the western suburbs to Elburn. This is the oldest railway route in Chicago, the route of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad along Kinzie street.

Until the late 1940s the line had a branch to Freeport, Illinois. It diverged from the main line at West Chicago and had stations at Elgin, Marengo, Belvidere, Rockford, Freeport, and other communities.

RidershipEdit

Since 2014 annual ridership has declined from 8.4 million to 8.1 million, an overall decline of 3.4%.[4]

1,000,000
2,000,000
3,000,000
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2015
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Station stopsEdit

Zone Location Station Connections and notes
  Freeport Freeport Freeport branch
Ridott Ridott Freeport branch
Pecatonica Pecatonica Freeport branch
Winnebago Winnebago Freeport branch
Rockford Rockford Freeport branch
East Rockford Freeport branch
Cherry Valley Cherry Valley Freeport branch
Belvidere Belvidere Freeport branch
Garden Prairie Garden Prairie Freeport branch
Marengo Marengo Freeport branch
Union Union Freeport branch
Huntley Huntley Freeport branch
Gilberts Gilberts Freeport branch
Aurora Aurora Aurora branch
I Elburn Elburn Huskie Line: Elburn Shuttle
North Aurora North Aurora Aurora branch
Elgin Elgin (West Side) Freeport branch
Mooseheart Mooseheart Aurora branch
La Fox La Fox
  South Elgin South Elgin Freeport branch
Batavia Batavia Aurora branch
St. Charles St. Charles St. Charles branch
H Geneva Geneva Pace: 592, 596, 801, 802
G Wayne Wayne Freeport branch
F West Chicago West Chicago
Winfield Winfield Pace: 591
E Wheaton Wheaton Pace: 301, 591, 709, 711, 714
College Avenue Pace: 714
Glen Ellyn Glen Ellyn Pace: 715
D Lombard Lombard Pace: 674
Villa Park Villa Park
Elmhurst Elmhurst Pace: 309, 332
C Berkeley Berkeley Formerly named Proviso
Bellwood Bellwood Pace: 313, 330
Melrose Park Melrose Park Pace: 303, 309, 311
Maywood Maywood Pace: 309, 313, 331
B River Forest River Forest Pace: 309, 313
Lathrop Closed December 1, 1958
Oak Park Oak Park Chicago "L": Green Line (at Harlem/Lake)
CTA Bus: 90
Pace: 307, 309, 313, 318, 757, 770
  Avenue Closed December 1, 1958
Ridgeland Closed December 1, 1958
Austin Boulevard Closed December 1, 1958
Chicago Austin Closed December 1, 1958
Keeler Employee only stop, serves adjacent maintenance facility
A Kedzie Chicago "L": Green Line (CTA) (at Kedzie)
CTA Bus: 52
Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra: Union Pacific / Northwest Line, Union Pacific / North Line
Chicago "L": Green Line, Pink Line (at Clinton)
CTA Bus: J14, 19, 56, 60, 120, 124 Navy Pier, 125, 126, 128, 130, 157, 192

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - Union Pacific/West
  3. ^ "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-02.
  4. ^ "RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANNUAL REPORT 2018" (PDF). Metra. p. 4. Retrieved 12 May 2019.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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