Friday, August 11, 2017

Leighton Junction: CN/WC/SOO/WC vs. CN/EJ&E

(CRJ, Satellite)
Chicago and Northern Indiana Railroad Interlocking Towers

Flickr photo

I learned about this junction in a posting about how much train traffic runs through Round Lake Beach on the former Wisconsin Central route. The answer is enough trains run on the route that CN is planning to double track some of it. But the trains now transfer to CN"s EJ&E at this Leighton Junction so the WC route south of here is not used much. In fact, the southern most part of the WC is out-of-service.

In a satellite image, you can see the former connector as a water line and the newer connector. The new connector is double track and has a longer radius (more gentle curve).

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