Chicago has both a C&WI and a C&IW railroad. The Chicago & Western Indiana was a terminal railroad serving the Dearborn Station. The Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad (CIW) was incorporated on February 26, 1903. (Wikipedia) It ended up being a switching railroad owned by Illinois Central and Commonwealth Edison (DonsDepot) serving industries in the southwestern Chicago area. Cicero Central Railroad now switches the Koopers chemical plant.
|Doug Kaniuk posted|
CN 9610 (IC) returning (heading East) from dropping off a car, crossing the Des Plaines River (just South of 47th St.) on the former C&IW line. 8-14-2014Mark Bilecki Sr. Wow I am surprised this line is still active, I can remember when it crossed old Lawndale Ave (old 171) years back and ran along side of the ATSF to Fisher body. [Which is now the UPS Chicago Area Consolidation Hub.]
The rare Rall Bascule Bridge still exists even though it is not used.
Doug's 1908 map indicates they planned to build west from the Panhandle north of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and west of the Des Plaines River to Joliet. As the above comment and the the 1908 map indicate, they made it as far as the GM Fisher body plant. The SPV Map indicates that it crossed the IC at the IC/IN crossing (for which I cannot find a name for this junction on a few maps that I have looked at).
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
Looking at a satellite image of Pulaski Road, I assume the top two crossings are the original IC tracks and the bottom crossing was the C&IW. It is interesting that CN evidently upgraded all three crossing with modern rubber crossings and maintains crossing gates for the old C&IW track even though just a little bit east CN has removed the turnout connecting it to the mainline. This severed connection makes the maintenance of the crossing gates rather silly.
Update: It had the nickname "Wobbly." (HotTimes)
|Bill Molony posted|
This map of the Chicago & Illinois Western Railroad is from the February 1950 edition of the Official Guide.
|Nick Hart posted|
After dumping in the fields of Summit, the Sanitary District of Chicago leads 13 cars under the former C&IW (now a CN branch line) in Forest View, bound for the plant in Stickney.
May 12th, 2017
- C&WI or Cicero Central or Koopers: photo of C&WI track on the left in eighteenth photo of posting?(album) Two smokestack in background belong to Crawford? Lots of info in comments on a Marty posting. (second photo has Crawford smokestacks in the background) A comment has a 1980 photo of ICG era crossing Des Plaines River. Mark Bilecki Sr. Their yard was near 33rd and Pulaski
While researching Chicago & Illinois Western I found the following links that I save for future research: