A former Chicago South Shore and South Bend freight locomotive
The South Shore Line was created in 1903. Freight and passenger service on the South Shore Line were operated as the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (CSS&SB) under several owners until the line went bankrupt in 1989. Dispatching and the main line was taken over at that time by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) for continued operation of passenger service. The line's freight service and non-passenger track was picked up in 1990 by the new Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, owned by Anacostia and Pacific. The Kensington and Eastern Railroad (the piece of the railroad in Illinois) was acquired from the Illinois Central Railroad in 1996.