|Facebook: 1901 Railway Guide|
The corporate history between Streator, IL and South Bend, IN is easy to determine because the 3I built it. The stretch from Streator to North Judson, IN was built in 1881 and extended to South Bend in 1894. (StockLobster)
|NS .pdf file|
|Large version of above 1901 map|
|Google plus Paint|
|KankakeeBeltMap found on HoosierValley, rotated|
Even though the II&I was a competitor of CB&Q/IV&N between Ladd and Streator, including having its own bridge over the Illinois River, it seems to have shared the RoW with CB&Q/IV&N to Walnut, IL and then CB&Q/Illinois Grand Trunk Railway all the way to Fulton, IL.
The 1901 map above was the high-water mark of the 3I because the New York Times reported on December 29, 1901 that the above Kankakee Belt Route segment had been purchased by Vanderbilt. The article also states that every year the 3I earned a surplus because it carried through freight around Chicago. (NYtimes) Wikipedia indicates that in 1907 Vanderbilt combined the 3I with Indiana Harbor Railroad and Danville and Indiana Harbor Railroad to form the Chicago, Indiana and Southern Railroad (CI&S). This was the corporate name for the Kankakee Belt Route. Wikipedia also states that the western terminus was at Seatonville, IL. But it went on to Ladd, with a branch to Churchill and a connection to Zearing. In 1914, the CI&S was one of several Vanderbilt railroads that were consolidated to form the modern New York Central Railroad.
As described in the Kankakee Belt Railroad posting, the II&I has also been abandoned east of Walkerton, IN.
|Matthew Ginkel -> NS Kankakee Line|
I whipped this up a little awhile ago for the Indiana Railroads forum, should help make sense of what the group covers.Marty Bernard caught a couple of engines and a caboose at the end of the line in Zearing, IL.
A couple of comments to help answer a question posted by Brian McCarty provides some more details about the Zearing/Ladd/river area:
Steven Holding That was the old Three I that today is the NS. use to come out of Streator like today but crossed the Illinois River and ran thru Ladd to Zearing. Later the Chicago Indiana & Southern NYC The Milw Rd used this line to cross the river and service the coal mines in Granville area. 32 pool turns in the Ladd RH in the '20's Check out " Charles J. Devlin Coal Mines & Railroads His Empire" by Lewis Wabel In the back are plat maps of the area which show all the roads. .
Bruce Liebe The 3I line did not run to Zearing per se. The line to Zearing was CB&Q (BN). The Q ran from Zearing to LaSalle and on to Streator. The MILW went through Ladd and continued north to their major east-west main. The NYC ran to Ladd on that trackage. Ladd also and the CNW and LS&BC to the east. The MILW ran through Granville, Standard, etc. because of coal mines. It terminated in Oglesby where it served Marquette Cement. The 3I bridge has an interesting history. Was hit by a barge jn the 60s, caught fire and the bridge tender killed.
|Excerpt from 1897 Map provided by Samuel Samara|
Larry Mangan also posted the 3I map.
The comments in this post have maps that show t he Plymouth, Kankakee & Pacific was a predecessor to the II&I.