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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.[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
TypeCommuter Rail
TerminiOgilvie Transportation Center
Daily ridership27,196 (avg. weekday 2014)[1]
OwnerUnion Pacific Railroad (Leased to Metra)
Operator(s)Union Pacific Railroad
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 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
Freeport branch
29.7 mi
47.8 km
West Chicago
27.5 mi
44.3 km
25.0 mi
40.2 km
23.8 mi
38.3 km
College Avenue
22.4 mi
36 km
Glen Ellyn
19.9 mi
32 km
17.8 mi
28.6 km
Villa Park
15.7 mi
25.3 km
14.3 mi
23 km
12.7 mi
20.4 km
11.3 mi
18.2 km
Melrose Park
10.5 mi
16.9 km
9.7 mi
15.6 km
River Forest
9.1 mi
14.6 km
closed 1958
8.5 mi
13.7 km
Oak Park
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8.2 mi
13.2 km
closed 1958
7.7 mi
12.4 km
closed 1958
7.2 mi
11.6 km
Austin Blvd.
closed 1958
6.7 mi
10.8 km
closed 1958
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4.8 mi
7.7 km
(employees only)
3.6 mi
5.8 km
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
Chicago River (
Wells Street Station
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Ogilvie Transport'n Center

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.


Annual ridership[4]
Year Annual ridership
2014 8,423,188
2015 8,367,264
2016 8,375,067
2017 8,332,483
2018 8,139,344
Average weekday ridership
Period Avg. weekday ridership
2008 30,900 [5]
July 2008–
June 2009
30,800 [6]
2010 29,400 [7]
July 2011–
June 2012
30,300 [8]
July 2015–
June 2016
27,200 [9]
July 2016–
June 2017
26,900 [10]
Average weekend ridership
Period Avg. weekend ridership
July 2011–
June 2012
14,100 [11]

Station stopsEdit

Zone Station Municipality County Notes
I Elburn Elburn Kane Connections:
  Huskie Line buses: Elburn Shuttle
La Fox La Fox
H St. Charles St. Charles St. Charles branch (Closed 1951)
Geneva Geneva Connections:
  Pace buses: 592 St. Charles - Geneva Call-n-Ride, 596 Batavia Call-n-Ride, 801 Elgin/Geneva, and 802 Aurora-Geneva via Lake
F West Chicago West Chicago DuPage
Winfield Winfield Points of interest:
Central DuPage Hospital

  Pace buses: 591 Wheaton - Winfield Call-n-Ride

E Wheaton Wheaton Connections:
  Pace buses: 301 Roosevelt Road, 591 Wheaton - Winfield Call-n-Ride, 709 Carol Stream/North Wheaton, 711 Wheaton/Addison, and 714 College of DuPage/Naperville/Wheaton Connector
College Avenue Points of interest:
Wheaton College

  Pace buses: 714 College of DuPage/Naperville/Wheaton Connector

Glen Ellyn Glen Ellyn Connections:
  Pace buses: 715 Central DuPage
D Lombard Lombard Connections:
  Pace buses: 674 Southwest Lombard
Villa Park Villa Park
Elmhurst Elmhurst Points of interest:
Elmhurst College and Wilder Park Conservatory

  Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 332 River Road - York Road

C Berkeley Berkeley Cook (Formerly: Proviso)
Bellwood Bellwood Connections:
  Pace buses: 313 St. Charles Road and 330 Mannheim - LaGrange Roads
Melrose Park Melrose Park Connections:
  Pace buses: 303 Forest Park/Rosemont, 309 Lake Street, and 313 St. Charles Road
Maywood Maywood Connections:
  Pace buses: 309 Lake Street, 313 St. Charles Road, and 331 Cumberland/5th Avenue
B River Forest River Forest Connections:
  Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 313 St. Charles Road
Lathrop Closed December 1, 1958
Oak Park Oak Park Connections:
  CTA "L" lines:      Green Line (at Harlem/Lake)
  CTA buses: 90 Harlem
  Pace buses: 307 Harlem, 309 Lake Street, 313 St. Charles Road, 318 West North Avenue, 757 Oak Park/Schaumburg Limited, and 770 Brookfield Zoo Express/CTA Green Line
N/A Avenue Closed December 1, 1958
N/A Ridgeland Closed December 1, 1958
N/A Austin Blvd Closed December 1, 1958
N/A Austin Chicago Closed December 1, 1958
N/A Keeler Employee only stop; serves adjacent maintenance facility
A Kedzie Connections:
  CTA "L" lines:      Green Line (at Kedzie)
  CTA buses: 52 Kedzie/California
Ogilvie Transportation Center Connections:
  Metra trains:      Union Pacific / Northwest and      Union Pacific / North
  CTA "L" lines:      Green Line and      Pink Line (at Clinton)
  CTA buses: J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, and 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "RIDERSHIP TRENDS ANNUAL REPORT 2018" (PDF). Metra. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Operations and Ridership Data". Metra. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2013.

External linksEdit

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