Monday, October 23, 2017

BRC: Belt Railway Company of Chicago

(Shortlines)  (source)
Dennis DeBruler I've noticed that their herald is still on their bridge over I-290,!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sEzO5O...
Paul Schlichting Because that is there main line that connect to the CPRS (former MILW)
20140906 0114 view from the west side of Cicero Ave. Bridge
The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is the largest intermediate switching terminal railroad in the United States. It interchanges with every railroad serving the Chicago rail hub and serves about 100 industries. It has 28 miles of mainline track and more than 300 miles of switching tracks. Their main yard, Clearing Yard, already has its own post. Their web site has a nice introduction and history and a timeline.

The charter railroads in 1882 have some names I have never heard of -- the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railway, Chicago & Atlantic Railway, Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad, Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway, and Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway. So the todo list now includes determining into which railroads these evolved. The railroads that joined in 1910 are much more familiar -- the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, Pennsylvania Railroad, and Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The Pere Marquette Railway joined in 1924. Due to mergers and the bankruptcy of the Rock Island, today's owners are BNSF, CN, CP, CSXT, NS, and UP.

ChicagoRailFan has more details including a list of mileposts, a track diagram, and links to interlocking towers and track elevation ordinances.

BBC Show Announcement (source)
BRC's photo gallery has steam locomotives and maps as well as pictures of their current locomotives.

The photo gallery also has a more detailed map with mile posts and street names on the sides. But that map is dated because it still shows Conrail tracks.

Brian Morgan comment in Ed's posting
[I wish the text was readable. I saved it because some of the trackage right lines were new to me.]

David Daruszka enhanced a map posted by Bill Molony
This map of The Belt Railway of Chicago is from their 2000 annual report.

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