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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:53 pm

Proviso makes sense. The Elmhurst facility is more west of Elmhurst. It's not a yard, it's where they park the trains between trips/weekends and such. There's one at the end of all the major Metra lines- the Milwaukee District NW is in Elgin, there's a small one in Harvard, and I believe there's one in/near Crystal Lake (UP NW). It's not a yard per say, but there are a lot of tracks next to the main line, like a yard would have...but different.
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:42 am

Are you sure you're not thinking of Elburn?
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:02 pm

SD80MAC wrote:Are you sure you're not thinking of Elburn?


Elmhurst, Elburn, El Paso...lots of places start with 'El'.

When I moved back to Michigan apparently my brain turned to mush. :oops:
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby Toppysager » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:25 pm

I would go with NS Chicago Line. Close to 90 movements when you add CP and IHB trains, add another 16 for Amtraks. I can't account for UP or BNSF as my experience is minimal
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby heypal6878 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:07 pm

I've been watching live rail cams and looks like Coal City is has an active rail line. 60 to 80 trains a day and they move going though there. Mostly intermodal some mixed but rather active. Check it out on You tube.
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby Toppysager » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:33 am

heypal6878 wrote:I've been watching live rail cams and looks like Coal City is has an active rail line. 60 to 80 trains a day and they move going though there. Mostly intermodal some mixed but rather active. Check it out on You tube.


Yeah that's the BNSF Southern Transcon if I'm not mistaken
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby cbehr91 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:10 pm

heypal6878 wrote:I've been watching live rail cams and looks like Coal City is has an active rail line. 60 to 80 trains a day and they move going though there. Mostly intermodal some mixed but rather active. Check it out on You tube.

Yes. Chillicothe Sub, former ATSF Transcon. It's busier now than it ever was during Santa Fe.
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby Tier4GEVO » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:16 am

And if anything, the NS Chicago Line is the busiest it's been in years. I'm averaging around 70 + or - a few a day EAST of Butler.
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby Toppysager » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:15 pm

Tier4GEVO wrote:And if anything, the NS Chicago Line is the busiest it's been in years. I'm averaging around 70 + or - a few a day EAST of Butler.


Yeah my friend got 82 in 24 hours in Wauseon a few months back. It's hoppin
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby Tsidephotos476 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:04 pm

GreatLakesRailfan wrote:
Tsidephotos476 wrote: UP's Geneva sub. Real good, every time I've went there has been lots of UP freights mainly I'd guess because of the intermodal terminal out in Rochelle and the yard in Elmhurst.


Yard in Elmhurst? Is there something near Elmhurst besides Metra's yard/facility?


Yeah, UP has a small yard as the Milwaukee sub and the Geneva meet there in Elmhurst I believe. If you look from the station, you can see into the yard. I also found out the subdivisions name for CN. the Liethon sub.
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Re: busiest freight route into chicago

Unread postby Tsidephotos476 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:46 pm

Sorry my bad, the jurisdiction of Elmhurst ends and the yard is technically in Berkeley, though you can still see it from Elmhurst station.
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