On a current road map, it is easy to identify some of the early century segments.
- 0.82 red
- 2.40 green
- By 1938 the town must have expanded to the east because I can't find the 0.85 and 1.44 segments nor C&EI branches in a 1938 aerial photo.
- 0.81 blue
- 0.37 orange
|1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP|
HotTimes provides some insight as to how the non-Ford part of CHTT worked.
It is easy to see how the CHTT connected with UP/MoPac/C&EI and CN/EJ&E because those routes still exist. Aban/CR/NYC/Michigan Central is now the dirt path just north of the EJ&E on east of town. In fact, MC is still on the Google Road Map to State Street. If you draw a line straight west to the Old Plank Road Trail on the west side, that would have been the MC RoW. Not to be left out of the action in Chicago Heights, B&OCT built a branch south from New Holland, IL. This branch still extends to the Chicago Heights Glenwood Road because it still has tracks to the Hanson Material Services. It used to have a branch to the west to the Woodcrest engine servicing part of Illinois Central's Markham Yard, but a satellite image shows that track has been torn up.
The Chicago, Terre Haute & Southeastern Railway used to join the B&OCT in Chicago Heights to gain access to Chicago. Looking at the 1938 aerial photo, the CHTT was used between 17th and 22nd Streets. CTH&SE had its own route between the CHTT and Stewart Avenue.