List of Illinois railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Illinois.

Current railroads[edit]

Common freight carriers[edit]

Private freight carriers[edit]

Passenger carriers[edit]

Defunct railroads[edit]

Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Addison Railroad IC 1890 1892 Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad
Albany Railroad Bridge Company CNW 1857 1909 Chicago and North Western Railway
Alton Railroad A GM&O 1931 1947 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Alton and Eastern Railroad ITC 1925 1937 Illinois Terminal Railroad
Alton and St. Louis Railroad GM&O 1859 1899 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Alton and Sangamon Railroad GM&O 1847 1852 Chicago and Mississippi Railroad
Alton and Southern Railroad MP/ SSW 1910 1968 Alton and Southern Railway
Alton and Southern Railway MP/ SSW 1911 1913 Alton and Southern Railroad
Alton Terminal Railway ITC 1889 1937 Illinois Terminal Railroad
American Bottom Lime, Marble and Coal Company 1857 1873 East St. Louis and Carondelet Railway
American Central Railway CB&Q 1859 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Ashdale and Thomson Railway MILW 1902 1903 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad ATSF 1889 1895 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Chicago ATSF 1887 1902 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway ATSF ATSF 1895 1996 BNSF Railway
Atlanta and Lawndale Railroad GM&O 1905 1915 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Atlantic and Pacific Railroad MILW 1865 1872 Chicago and Pacific Railroad
Aurora Branch Railroad CB&Q 1849 1852 Chicago and Aurora Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad B&O, BO B&O 1874 1987 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Baltimore and Ohio and Chicago Railroad B&O 1876 1949 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio Connecting Railroad B&O 1892 1990 CSX Transportation
Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railroad B&O 1899 1949 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railway B&O 1893 1899 St. Louis, Springfield and Vincennes Railway
Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Chicago Railway B&O 1873 1876 Baltimore and Ohio and Chicago Railroad
Belleville and Carondelet Railroad IC 1881 1897 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
Belleville, Centralia and Eastern Railroad SOU 1889 1889 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Consolidated Railroad
Belleville City Railway IC 1867 1895 St. Louis, Belleville and Southern Railway
Belleville and Eldorado Railroad IC 1861 1897 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
Belleville and Illinoistown Railroad NYC 1849 1856 Terre Haute, Alton and St. Louis Railroad
Belleville and O'Fallon Railroad L&N 1869 1871 St. Louis and Southeastern Railway
Belleville and Southern Illinois Railroad IC 1857 1897 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
Benton Southern Railroad IC 1915 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Bloomington and Ohio River Railroad WAB 1869 1872 Chicago and Paducah Railroad
Bloomington and Pekin Railroad NYC 1853 1867 Danville, Urbana, Bloomington and Pekin Railroad
Blue Island Railroad IC 1891 1987 Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation
Bridgeport and South Chicago Railroad B&O 1887 1890 Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad
Bureau County Mineral Railway MILW 1904 1909 Rochelle and Southern Railway
Burlington, Monmouth and Illinois River Railway MSTL 1875 1881 Peoria and Farmington Railway
Burlington Northern Inc. BN 1970 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN 1981 1996 BNSF Railway
Cairo and St. Louis Railroad GM&O 1865 1881 St. Louis and Cairo Railroad
Cairo Terminal Railroad CTML 1982 1996 Shawnee Terminal Railway
Cairo and Thebes Railroad MP 1905 1956 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Cairo and Vincennes Railroad NYC 1867 1880 Cairo and Vincennes Railway
Cairo and Vincennes Railway NYC 1880 1881 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Cairo, Vincennes and Chicago Railway NYC 1889 1913 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Calumet and Blue Island Railway EJ&E 1889 1897 Chicago, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway
Calumet, Hammond and Southeastern Railroad 1906 1919 Chicago Short Line Railway
Calumet River Railway PRR 1883 1901 South Chicago and Southern Railroad
Calumet and Southeastern Railroad 1902 1909 Chicago, West Pullman and Southern Railroad
Calumet Western Railway NYC/ PRR/ RI 1897 Still exists as a nonoperating subsidiary of Chicago Rail Link
Camanche, Albany and Mendota Railroad CB&Q 1856 1859 Illinois Grand Trunk Railway
Carbondale and Shawneetown Railroad IC 1869 1897 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
Carthage and Burlington Railroad CB&Q 1867 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Casey and Kansas Railroad 1926 1937 N/A
Central Illinois Railway 1905 1906 Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway
Central Illinois and Wisconsin Railway MILW 1880 1900 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Central Iowa Railway MSTL 1882 1886 Iowa Central Railway
Central Military Tract Railroad CB&Q 1851 1856 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Central Terminal Railway CP 1911 1987 Soo Line Railroad
Central Wisconsin Railroad CWRC 1982 1985 Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad
Centralia and Altamont Railroad MP 1889 1894 Centralia and Chester Railroad
Centralia and Chester Railroad MP 1883 1900 Illinois Southern Railway
Centralia and Sandoval Railroad CB&Q 1909 1917 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Champaign, Havana and Western Railway IC 1879 1880 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Champaign and Southeastern Railway WAB 1880 1903 Wabash Railroad
Charleston, Neoga and St. Louis Railroad NKP 1880 1881 Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway C&O, CO C&O 1921 1987 CSX Transportation
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway of Indiana C&O 1910 1934 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Chester and Iron Mountain Railroad MP 1873 Iron Mountain, Chester and Eastern Railroad
Chester and Kaskaskia Railroad MP 1877 1878 Wabash, Chester and Western Railroad
Chester and Mount Vernon Railroad MP 1927 1956 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Chester and Tamaroa Coal and Railroad Company MP 1869 1873 Iron Mountain, Chester and Eastern Railroad
Chicago and Alton Railroad C&A GM&O 1861 1931 Alton Railroad
Chicago and Alton Railway GM&O 1900 1906 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad GM&O 1855 1856 St. Louis, Alton and Chicago Railroad
Chicago and Atlantic Railway ERIE 1873 1890 Chicago and Erie Railroad
Chicago and Atlantic Extension Railway ERIE 1873 1873 Chicago and Atlantic Railway
Chicago and Aurora Railroad CB&Q 1852 1855 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Northern Railroad CB&Q 1885 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad CB&Q, CBQ CB&Q 1855 1970 Burlington Northern Inc.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway CB&Q 1901 1907 N/A Operated the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad under lease, but did not own any railroad
Chicago and Calumet River Railroad 1901 1956 N/A
Chicago and Calumet Terminal Railway B&O 1886 1898 Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad
Chicago and Canada Southern Railway 1871 1888 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in Illinois
Chicago and Carbondale Railroad IC 1895 1895 Chicago and Texas Railroad
Chicago Central Railway B&O 1889 1891 Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville Railroad C&O 1907 1910 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway of Indiana
Chicago, Danville and St. Louis Railroad C&EI 1887 1887 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Chicago, Danville and Vincennes Railroad C&EI 1865 1877 Chicago and Nashville Railroad
Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad C&EI, CEI C&EI 1940 1976 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad C&EI 1877 1922 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railway
Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railway C&EI C&EI 1922 1940 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Chicago and Erie Railroad ERIE 1890 1941 Erie Railroad
Chicago and Evanston Railroad MILW 1861 1885 Chicago, Evanston and Lake Superior Railway
Chicago, Evanston and Lake Superior Railway MILW 1885 1900 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway CN 1880 1900 Chicago Lake County Railway
Chicago and Great Eastern Railway PRR 1863 1868 Columbus, Chicago and Indiana Central Railway
Chicago Great Western Railroad CGW CGW 1909 1941 Chicago Great Western Railway
Chicago and Great Western Railroad B&O 1873 1890 Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad
Chicago Great Western Railway CGW CGW 1941 1968 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago Great Western Railway CGW 1892 1909 Chicago Great Western Railroad
Chicago, Hammond and Western Railroad NYC 1896 1898 Chicago Junction Railway
Chicago, Harlem and Batavia Railway B&O 1885 1890 Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Havana and Western Railroad IC 1886 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Chicago Heights and Northern Railway EJ&E 1897 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer Railroad CHTT C&EI 1898 Still exists as a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway C&IM, CIM 1906 1996 Illinois and Midland Railroad
Chicago and Illinois River Railroad GM&O 1867 1879 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Chicago and Illinois Southern Railroad IC 1877
Chicago and Illinois Southern Railroad IC 1871 1872 Chicago and Illinois Southern Railway
Chicago and Illinois Southern Railway IC 1872 1876 Decatur, Sullivan and Mattoon Railroad, Grayville and Mattoon Railroad
Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad C&IW, CIW IC 1903 Illinois Central Railroad
Chicago and Indiana Railroad CINR 1979 1979 N/A
Chicago, Indiana and Southern Railroad NYC 1906 1914 New York Central Railroad
Chicago and Indiana State Line Railway NYC 1880 1898 Chicago Junction Railway
Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway CI&L, CIL MON 1897 1956 Monon Railroad
Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis Short Line Railway NYC 1903 1913 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Chicago and Iowa Railroad CB&Q 1869 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago Junction Railway NYC 1898 1958 Chicago River and Indiana Railroad
Chicago and Kenosha Railway EJ&E 1889 1913 Illinois Steel Company
Chicago Lake County Railway CN 1900 1900 Grand Trunk Western Railway
Chicago and Lake Huron Railroad CN 1873 1879 North Western Grand Trunk Railway
Chicago, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway EJ&E 1897 1938 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Chicago and Lake Superior Railroad MILW 1883 1885 Chicago, Evanston and Lake Superior Railway
Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad 1980 1982 Central Wisconsin Railroad
Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad IC 1886 1903 Illinois Central Railroad
Chicago, Millington and Western Railway 1872 N/A
Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad CNW 1853 1863 Chicago and Milwaukee Railway
Chicago and Milwaukee Railway CNW 1863 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee and North Western Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee and Gary Railway CM&G MILW 1908 1930 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Milwaukee and North Western Railway CNW 1881 1883 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway MILW 1872 1928 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad MILW MILW 1928 1985 The Milwaukee Road, Inc.
Chicago and Mississippi Railroad GM&O 1852 1855 Chicago, Alton and St. Louis Railroad
Chicago, Missouri and Western Railway CMNW 1987 1990 Gateway Western Railway, SPCSL Corporation
Chicago and Nashville Railroad C&EI 1877 1877 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Chicago and North Western Railway CNW CNW 1859 1972 Chicago and North Western Transportation Company
Chicago and North Western Transportation Company CNW CNW 1972 1995 Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago and North Wisconsin Railway CB&Q 1883 1887 Chicago, Burlington and Northern Railroad
Chicago Northern Railway CNW 1902 1903 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad B&O 1889 1896 Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad
Chicago and Ohio River Railroad B&O 1873 1893 Peoria, Decatur and Evansville Railway
Chicago and Pacific Railroad MILW 1872 1900 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Chicago and Paducah Railroad WAB 1872 1880 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Chicago, Paducah and Memphis Railroad C&EI 1893 1897 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Chicago, Palatine and Wauconda Railroad 1921 1924 N/A
Chicago, Pekin and Southwestern Railroad ATSF 1869 1881 Chicago, St. Louis and Western Railroad
Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad 1909 1924 Alton and Eastern Railroad, Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis Railway, Jacksonville and Havana Railroad, Springfield, Havana and Peoria Railroad
Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railway 1888 1896 Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad of Illinois
Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad of Illinois 1896 1900 Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railway of Illinois
Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railway of Illinois 1900 1912 Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad
Chicago, Peoria and Western Railway 1898 Still exists as a lessor of the Belt Railway of Chicago
Chicago and Plainfield Railroad ATSF 1859 1869 Chicago, Plainfield and Pekin Railroad
Chicago, Plainfield and Pekin Railroad ATSF 1869 1869 Chicago, Pekin and Southwestern Railroad
Chicago Produce Terminal Company CPTC 1929 1977 N/A
Chicago River and Indiana Railroad CRI NYC 1904 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Chicago and Rock Island Railroad RI 1851 1866 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCK RI 1948 1980 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Iowa Railroad, La Salle and Bureau County Railroad, Norfolk and Western Railway, Peoria and Pekin Union Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI 1866 1880 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RI RI 1880 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicago and Rock River Railroad CB&Q 1869 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Chicago, Rockford and Northern Railroad CB&Q 1874 1892 Chicago and Iowa Railroad
Chicago and St. Louis Railway ATSF 1885 1886 Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway
Chicago, St. Charles and Mississippi Air Line Railroad CNW 1853 1855 Galena and Chicago Union Railroad
Chicago, St. Louis and Ohio River Railroad IC 1900 1901 St. Louis and Ohio River Railroad
Chicago, St. Louis and Paducah Railway IC 1887 1897 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh Railroad PRR 1883 1890 Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Chicago, St. Louis and Western Railroad ATSF 1882 1885 Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac Railroad CNW 1855 1859 Chicago and North Western Railway
Chicago and Santa Fe Railroad 1889
Chicago, Santa Fe and California Railway ATSF 1886 1900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Chicago Short Line Railway CSL 1900 2002 South Chicago and Indiana Harbor Railway
Chicago South Branch Dock Company B&O 1859 1888 Bridgeport and South Chicago Railroad
Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad CSS 1925 1990 Chicago SouthShore and South Bend Railroad
Chicago and Southern Railroad CN 1874 1878 Chicago and State Line Railway
Chicago and Southeastern Railway EJ&E 1889 1913 Illinois Steel Company
Chicago Southern Railway MILW 1904 1910 Chicago, Terre Haute and Southeastern Railway of Illinois
Chicago and Southwestern Railroad B&O 1890 1891 Chicago and Northern Pacific Railroad
Chicago and Springfield Railroad IC 1877 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis Railroad IC 1883 1886 Litchfield and St. Louis Railway
Chicago, Springfield and St. Louis Railway 1925 1942 Springfield and Southwestern Railroad
Chicago and State Line Railroad NKP 1887 1923 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Chicago and State Line Railway CNW 1905 1905 Milwaukee and State Line Railway
Chicago and State Line Railway CN 1878 1879 North Western Grand Trunk Railway
Chicago and Strawn Railway WAB 1879 1880 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Chicago Suburban Railway MILW 1882 1898 Chicago, Evanston and Lake Superior Railway
Chicago and Superior Railroad MILW 1873 1880 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad B&O 1897 1910 Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad
Chicago, Terre Haute and Southeastern Railway CTSE MILW 1910 1948 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, Terre Haute and Southeastern Railway of Illinois MILW 1910 1910 Chicago, Terre Haute and Southeastern Railway
Chicago and Texas Railroad IC 1893 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Chicago and Tomah Railroad CNW 1880 1880 Milwaukee and Madison Railway
Chicago Union Station Company CUST CB&Q/ MILW/ PRR 1915 Still exists as a subsidiary of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
Chicago Union Transfer Railway C&EI/ CN/ ERIE/ MON/ WAB 1888 1912 Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad
Chicago, West Pullman and Southern Railroad CWP 1909 1996 Chicago Rail Link
Chicago, West Pullman and Southern Railway 1900 1909 Chicago, West Pullman and Southern Railroad
Chicago and West Ridge Railroad 1893
Chicago and Western Dummy Railway B&O 1879 1885 Chicago, Harlem and Batavia Railway
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad C&WI, CWI C&EI/ CN/ ERIE/ MON/ WAB 1879 Still exists as a nonoperating subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago and Western Indiana Belt Railway C&EI/ CN/ ERIE/ MON/ WAB 1881 1882 Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad
Chicago and Wisconsin Railroad CP 1884 1899 Wisconsin Central Railway
Chicago, Zeigler and Gulf Railway 1902
Christopher and Herrin Railroad IC 1903 1903 Illinois Central Railroad
Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railway B&O 1905 1915 N/A Leased the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Western Railway
Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago Railway NYC 1880 1889 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Western Railroad CIWN B&O 1915 1990 CSX Transportation
Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Western Railway B&O 1902 1915 Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Western Railroad, Sidell and Olney Railroad
Cincinnati, Lafayette and Chicago Railroad NYC 1871 1938 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Cincinnati, Louisville and Vincennes Railway B&O 1899 1899 Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railroad
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway NYC 1889 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Clinton, Bloomington and North Eastern Railway IC 1878 1880 Kankakee and South Western Railroad
Coal Belt Railway MP 1903 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Collinsville and Troy Railroad ITC 1899 1902 St. Louis, Troy and Eastern Railroad
Columbus, Chicago and Indiana Central Railway PRR 1868 1883 Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh Railroad
Consolidated Rail Corporation CR 1976 1999 CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway
Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties Railway MILW 1899 1901 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Danville and Grape Creek Railroad C&EI 1880 1881 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Danville and Indiana Harbor Railroad NYC 1905 1906 Chicago, Indiana and Southern Railroad
Danville, Olney and Ohio River Railroad B&O, IC 1869 1886 Chicago and Ohio River Railroad
Danville and Pekin Railway NYC 1878 1879 Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway
Danville and Rosedale Railway C&EI 1870 1872 Evansville, Terre Haute and Chicago Railway
Danville and Southwestern Railroad NYC 1879 1881 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Danville, Tuscola and Western Railroad C&EI 1887 1887 Chicago, Danville and St. Louis Railroad
Danville, Urbana, Bloomington and Pekin Railroad NYC 1867 1869 Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway
Davenport and Rock Island Railway Bridge Company CB&Q/ MILW 1884 1895 Davenport and Rock Island Bridge, Railway and Terminal Company
Davenport and Rock Island Bridge, Railway and Terminal Company CB&Q/ MILW 1895 1898 Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway DRI CB&Q/ MILW 1898 1995 Burlington Northern Railroad, Soo Line Railroad
Davenport, Rock Island and Northwestern Railway CB&Q/ MILW 1900 1901 Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
Decatur and East St. Louis Railroad WAB 1867 1870 Toledo, Wabash and Western Railway
Decatur and Eastern Railway B&O 1894 1895 Indiana, Decatur and Western Railway
Decatur and Indianapolis Railroad B&O 1853 1855 Indiana and Illinois Central Railway
Decatur, Mattoon and Southern Railroad IC 1878 1879 Peoria, Decatur and Evansville Railway
Decatur, Sullivan and Mattoon Railroad IC 1876 1877 Decatur, Mattoon and Southern Railroad
Decatur, Sullivan and Mattoon Railroad IC 1869 1872 Chicago and Illinois Southern Railway
De Kalb and Great Western Railway CGW 1895 1911 Chicago Great Western Railroad
Denverside Connecting Railway MP/ SSW 1910 1913 Alton and Southern Railroad
De Pue, Ladd and Eastern Railroad CNW 1888 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Depue and Northern Railroad 1904
Des Plaines Valley Railway CNW 1909 1913 Chicago and North Western Railway
Dixon, Peoria and Hannibal Railroad CB&Q 1867 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Dixon and Quincy Railroad CB&Q 1869 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Dixon, Rock Falls and Southwestern Electric Railway 1903 1913 Hooppole, Yorktown and Tampico Railroad Operated by steam
Dixon, Rockford and Kenosha Railway CNW 1864 1864 Chicago and North Western Railway
Dixon, Rockford and State Line Railroad CNW 1864 1864 Dixon, Rockford and Kenosha Railway
Dunleith and Dubuque Bridge Company IC 1857 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
East St. Louis Belt Railroad 1898 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
East St. Louis and Carondelet Railway 1873 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
East St. Louis Connecting Railway 1878 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
East St. Louis Junction Railroad ESLJ CNW 1918 Still exists as a lessor of the Union Pacific Railroad
East St. Louis, Madison and Granite City Railroad SOU 1900 1904 Southern Railway
East and West Illinois Railway MP 1902 1902 St. Louis Valley Railway
Eastern Illinois and Missouri Railroad C&EI 1899 1899 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Eastern Illinois and St. Louis Railroad C&EI 1903 1905 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Eldorado, Marion and Southwestern Railroad MP 1906 1913 Marion and Eastern Railroad
Electric City and Illinois Railway 1889 1891 Madison, Illinois and St. Louis Railway
Elgin and State Line Railroad CNW 1859 1883 Chicago and North Western Railway
Englewood Connecting Railway PRR 1885 1954 Penndel Company
Erie Railroad ERIE ERIE 1941 1960 Erie–Lackawanna Railroad
Erie–Lackawanna Railroad EL 1960 1968 Erie Lackawanna Railway
Erie Lackawanna Railway EL 1968 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Erie Western Railway ERES 1977 1979 Chicago and Indiana Railroad
Evansville, Mount Carmel and Northern Railway NYC 1906 1938 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Evansville and Southern Illinois Railway L&N 1869 1871 St. Louis and Southeastern Railroad
Evansville, Terre Haute and Chicago Railway C&EI 1872 1899 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Fairbury, Pontiac and Northwestern Railway WAB 1867 1872 Chicago and Paducah Railroad
Fenton and Thomson Railroad CB&Q 1903 1906 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Fond du Lac, Amboy and Peoria Railway MILW 1874 1883 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad PRR 1853 1856 Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad
Fox River Valley Railroad CNW 1852 1858 Elgin and State Line Railroad
Franklin and Waverly Railway CB&Q 1908 1917 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Fredonia and Reeds Railroad IC 1914 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Freeport, Dodgeville and Northern Railroad IC 1887 1888 Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad
Fulton County Extension Railway CB&Q 1881 1908 Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railway
Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railway CB&Q 1878 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Galena and Chicago Union Railroad CNW 1836 1864 Chicago and North Western Railway
Galena and Illinois River Railroad PRR 1857 1863 Chicago and Great Eastern Railway
Galena and Southern Wisconsin Railroad CNW 1853 1879 Galena and Wisconsin Railroad
Galena and Wisconsin Railroad CNW 1879 1880 Chicago and Tomah Railroad
Galesburg, Etherly and Eastern Railroad 1894 1898 Galesburg and Great Eastern Railroad
Galesburg and Great Eastern Railroad 1898 1960 N/A
Galesburg and Rio Railroad CB&Q 1886 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Galesburg, Rockford and Northern Railroad 1917 1922 Hooppole, Yorktown and Tampico Railroad
Gardner, Coal City and Northern Railway EJ&E 1891 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Gateway Western Railway GWWR 1990 2001 Kansas City Southern Railway
Gilman, Clinton and Springfield Railroad IC 1867 1877 Chicago and Springfield Railroad
Grand Tower and Cape Girardeau Railroad IC 1889 1893 Chicago and Texas Railroad
Grand Tower and Carbondale Railroad IC 1882 1893 Chicago and Texas Railroad
Grand Tower Mining, Manufacturing and Transportation Company IC 1869 1882 Grand Tower and Carbondale Railroad
Grand Trunk Junction Railway CN 1880 1901 Grand Trunk Western Railway
Grand Trunk Western Railway CN 1900 1928 Grand Trunk Western Railroad
Granite City and East St. Louis Terminal Railroad 1906
Granite City and Madison Belt Line Railroad 1892 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Grayville and Mattoon Railroad IC 1876 1880 Peoria, Decatur and Evansville Railway
Grayville and Mattoon Railroad IC 1857 1871 Chicago and Illinois Southern Railroad
Great Western Railroad WAB 1853 1865 Toledo, Wabash and Western Railway
Groves and Sand Ridge Railroad IC 1902 1904 Illinois Central Railroad
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad GM&O, GMO GM&O 1940 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Hamilton, Lacon and Eastern Railroad GM&O 1867 1870 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Hammond Belt Railway C&O 1906 N/A
Hammond and Blue Island Railroad NYC 1893 1896 Chicago, Hammond and Western Railroad
Hancock County Bridge Company 1865 1868 Keokuk and Hamilton Bridge Company
Hannibal Bridge Company WAB 1869 1937 Wabash – Hannibal Bridge Company
Hannibal and Naples Railroad WAB 1863 1877 Wabash Railway
Hanover Railway 1906 1934 N/A
Havana, Rantoul and Eastern Railroad IC 1873 1887 LeRoy and Eastern Railroad
Herrin Railway MP 1903 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Herrin and Johnson City Railway MP 1905 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Herrin Northern Railroad IC 1915 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
Herrin and Southern Railroad CB&Q 1909 1914 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Hooppole, Yorktown and Tampico Railroad 1922 1953 N/A
Hooppole, Yorktown and Tampico Railroad 1913 1917 Galesburg, Rockford and Northern Railroad
I&M Rail Link IMRL 1997 2002 Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad
Illinois Central Railroad IC IC 1851 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad ICG 1972 1988 Illinois Central Railroad
Illinois and Eastern Railroad IC 1899 1899 Illinois and Indiana Railroad
Illinois Farmers' Railroad CB&Q 1867 1872 Jacksonville, North Western and South Eastern Railway
Illinois Grand Trunk Railway CB&Q 1859 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Illinois and Indiana Railroad IC 1899 1906 Indianapolis Southern Railroad
Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota Railway MILW 1902 1908 Chicago, Milwaukee and Gary Railway
Illinois Midland Railway 1913 N/A
Illinois Midland Railway PRR 1874 1886 Terre Haute and Peoria Railroad
Illinois and Mississippi Valley Terminal Railroad ITC 1899 1899 Illinois Terminal Railroad
Illinois–Missouri Terminal Railway ITC ITC 1954 1956 Illinois Terminal Railroad
Illinois Northern Railway IN ATSF 1901 1975 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Illinois Parallel Railroad CNW 1851 1853 Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad
Illinois RailNet IR 1997 2005 Illinois Railway
Illinois River Railroad 1853 1864 Peoria, Pekin and Jacksonville Railroad
Illinois and St. Louis Bridge Company 1867 1878 St. Louis Bridge Company
Illinois and St. Louis Railroad and Coal Company SOU 1865 1889 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Consolidated Railroad
Illinois South Eastern Railway B&O 1867 1870 Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway
Illinois Southern Railway MP 1900 1920 Missouri–Illinois Railroad
Illinois and Southern Iowa Railroad WAB 1857 1865 Toledo, Wabash and Western Railway
Illinois Terminal Company ITC 1922 1937 Illinois Terminal Railroad
Illinois Terminal Railroad ITC ITC 1956 1981 Norfolk and Western Railway
Illinois Terminal Railroad ITC ITC 1937 1956 Illinois–Missouri Terminal Railway
Illinois Terminal Railroad ITC 1895 1922 Illinois Terminal Company
Illinois Transfer Railroad 1899 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Illinois Valley Belt Railroad 1902
Illinois Valley and Northern Railroad CB&Q 1887 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad CNW 1851 1855 Chicago, St. Paul and Fond du Lac Railroad
Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway NYC 1879 1887 Pekin and Danville Railway
Indiana, Decatur and Western Railway B&O 1895 1902 Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Western Railway
Indiana Harbor Railroad NYC 1907 1907 Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation IHRC 1986 1997 N/A
Indiana and Illinois Central Railway B&O 1855 1875 Springfield, Decatur and Indianapolis Railway
Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Railroad NYC 1881 1906 Chicago, Indiana and Southern Railroad
Indiana and Illinois Southern Railroad IC 1882 1890 St. Louis, Indianapolis and Eastern Railroad
Indiana and Western Railway NYC 1887 1887 Ohio, Indiana and Western Railway
Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway IC, NYC 1869 1879 Champaign, Havana and Western Railway, Danville and Pekin Railway
Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Danville Railroad NYC 1868 1869 Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway
Indianapolis, Decatur and Springfield Railway B&O 1875 1887 Indianapolis, Quincy and Missouri River Railway
Indianapolis, Decatur and Western Railway B&O 1888 1894 Decatur and Eastern Railway
Indianapolis, Quincy and Missouri River Railway B&O 1887 1888 Indianapolis, Decatur and Western Railway
Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad NYC 1869 1882 Indianapolis and St. Louis Railway
Indianapolis and St. Louis Railway NYC 1882 1889 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Indianapolis Southern Railroad IC 1906 1911 Illinois Central Railroad
Iowa Railroad IRRC 1981 1984 Iowa Interstate Railroad
Iowa Central Railway MSTL 1888 1912 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad
Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad ICE 2002 2008 Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad
Iron Mountain, Chester and Eastern Railroad MP 1873 1878 Wabash, Chester and Western Railroad
Jacksonville, Alton and St. Louis Railroad GM&O 1857 1862 St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago Railroad
Jacksonville and Carrollton Railroad GM&O 1851 1857 Jacksonville, Alton and St. Louis Railroad
Jacksonville and Concord Railway CB&Q 1903 1904 Jacksonville and St. Louis Railway
Jacksonville and Havana Railroad 1925 1938 N/A
Jacksonville, Louisville and St. Louis Railway CB&Q 1890 1896 Jacksonville and St. Louis Railway
Jacksonville, North Western and South Eastern Railway CB&Q 1867 1879 Jacksonville Southeastern Railway
Jacksonville and St. Louis Railway CB&Q 1896 1905 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Jacksonville and Savanna Railroad CB&Q 1855 1861 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Jacksonville Southeastern Railway CB&Q 1879 1890 Jacksonville, Louisville and St. Louis Railway
Johnston City Connecting Railway MP 1911 1913 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Johnston City Southern Railroad IC 1914
Joliet, Aurora and Northern Railway EJ&E 1884 1888 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Joliet and Blue Island Railway EJ&E 1889 1938 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Joliet and Chicago Railroad GM&O 1855 1950 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Joliet Junction Railroad 1994 1999
Joliet and Northern Indiana Railroad NYC 1854 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Joliet, Rockford and Northern Railroad CB&Q 1881 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Joliet and Terre Haute Railroad CB&Q 1852 1859 Illinois Grand Trunk Railway
Joliet Union Depot Company ATSF/ GM&O/ RI 1911
Junction Railway CNW 1889 1891 Chicago and North Western Railway
Kankakee and Illinois River Railroad NYC 1869 1870 Plymouth, Kankakee and Pacific Railroad
Kankakee and Indiana Railroad NYC 1869 1873 Cincinnati, Lafayette and Chicago Railroad
Kankakee and Seneca Railroad NYC/ RI 1881 1933 N/A
Kankakee and South Western Railroad IC 1880 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Kankakee and South-Western Coal Branch Railroad IC 1882 1883 Kankakee and South Western Railroad
Kankakee and Southwestern Railroad IC 1878 1880 Kankakee and South Western Railroad
Kankakee and Western Railroad IC 1879 1880 Kankakee and South Western Railroad
Kansas and Sidell Railroad 1919 1938 N/A
Keithsburg Bridge Company MSTL 1885 1901 Iowa Central Railway
Keithsburg and Eastern Railroad MSTL 1873 1880 Peoria and Farmington Railway
Kenosha and Rockford Railroad CNW 1856 1857 Kenosha, Rockford and Rock Island Railroad
Kenosha, Rockford and Rock Island Railroad CNW 1864 1864 Dixon, Rockford and Kenosha Railway
Kenosha and State Line Railroad CNW 1857 1864 Kenosha, Rockford and Rock Island Railroad
Kensington and Eastern Railroad IC 1904 1996 Chicago SouthShore and South Bend Railroad
Keokuk and Hamilton Bridge Company 1868
LaFayette, Bloomington and Mississippi Railroad NKP 1876 1879 LaFayette, Bloomington and Muncie Railway
LaFayette, Bloomington and Mississippi Railway NKP 1867 1876 LaFayette, Bloomington and Mississippi Railroad
LaFayette, Bloomington and Muncie Railway NKP 1879 1879 Lake Erie and Western Railway
LaFayette, Muncie and Bloomington Railroad NKP 1876 1879 Muncie and State Line Railroad
La Salle and Bureau County Railroad LSBC 1890 1985 Chicago Rail Link
La Salle and Chicago Railroad B&O 1867 1873 Chicago and Great Western Railroad
Lake Erie and Mississippi Railway NKP 1884 1885 Lake Erie and Western Railway
Lake Erie and Western Railroad NKP 1887 1923 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Lake Erie and Western Railway NKP 1879 1886 Lake Erie and Western Railroad
Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway NYC 1869 1914 New York Central Railroad
Lee County Railway CNW 1906 1910 Chicago and North Western Railway
LeRoy and Eastern Railroad IC 1886 1887 Rantoul Railroad
Le Roy Narrow Gauge Railroad IC 1876 1878 Havana, Rantoul and Eastern Railroad
Libertyville Railway MILW 1878 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Litchfield, Carrollton and Western Railroad GM&O 1882 1892 Litchfield, Carrollton and Western Railway
Litchfield, Carrollton and Western Railway GM&O 1889 1899 Quincy, Carrollton and St. Louis Railway
Litchfield and Madison Railway LM CNW 1900 1958 Chicago and North Western Railway
Litchfield and St. Louis Railway IC 1886 1887 St. Louis and Chicago Railway
Logansport, Peoria and Burlington Railroad TP&W 1861 1864 Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw Railway
Louisiana and Pike County Railroad WAB 1867 1984 N/A
Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Railroad SOU 1886 1889 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Consolidated Railroad
Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Railway SOU 1882 1886 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Railroad
Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Consolidated Railroad SOU 1889 1900 Southern Railway of Illinois
Louisville and Nashville Railroad L&N, LN L&N 1880 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Louisville, New Albany and Chicago Railway MON 1884 1897 Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway
Louisville, New Albany and St. Louis Railway SOU 1878 1882 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Railway
Louisville, New Albany and St. Louis Air Line Railway SOU 1872 1877 St. Louis and Mount Carmel Railway
Louisville and St. Louis Railway SOU 1886 1897 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Consolidated Railroad
Lowell and Southern Railroad CB&Q 1925 N/A
Lyons and Chicago Railroad B&O 1897
Macomb, Industry and Littleton Railway 1913 1930 N/A
Macomb, Vermont and Bath Railroad CB&Q 1853 1854 Peoria and Hannibal Railroad
Macomb and Western Illinois Railway 1901 1911 Macomb, Industry and Littleton Railway
Macoupin County Railway CNW 1903 1912 St. Louis, Peoria and North Western Railway
Macoupin County Extension Railway CNW 1913 1920 Chicago and North Western Railway
Madison County Railroad WAB 1865 1871 Wabash Railway
Madison, Illinois and St. Louis Railway 1891 1953 St. Louis Merchants Bridge Terminal Railway
Marion and Eastern Railroad MP 1913 1956 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Marion and Harrisburg Railway MP 1905 1913 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Marion and Johnston City Railway MP 1905 1913 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Marquette, Spring Valley and Northwestern Railroad 1901 1907 Illinois Valley Railway (electric)
Mattoon and Evansville Railroad IC 1900 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Mercer County Bridge Company MSTL 1881 1885 Keithsburg Bridge Company
Michigan Air Line Railroad 1869 1871 Chicago and Canada Southern Railway
Michigan Central Railroad MC NYC 1852 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
The Milwaukee Road, Inc. MILW MILW 1985 1986 Soo Line Railroad
Milwaukee and Madison Railway CNW 1880 1881 Chicago, Milwaukee and North Western Railway
Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad NYC 1855 1869 Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway
Milwaukee and State Line Railway CNW 1905 1909 Chicago and North Western Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad MSTL 1912 1943 Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway MSTL MSTL 1939 1960 Chicago and North Western Railway
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad SOO CP 1944 1961 Soo Line Railroad
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway SOO CP 1909 1944 Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad
Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad CGW 1886 1894 Chicago Great Western Railway
Mississippi Railroad MILW 1865 1865 Northern Illinois Railroad
Mississippi River Bridge Company GM&O 1873 1895 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Mississippi River Railroad and Toll Bridge Company ATSF 1886 1900 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Mississippi and Rock River Junction Railroad CNW 1851 1855 Galena and Chicago Union Railroad
Mississippi and Wabash Railroad TP&W 1853 1865 Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw Railway
Missouri–Illinois Railroad MI MP 1921 1978 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Missouri and Illinois Bridge and Belt Railroad Company CB&Q 1904 1966 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railroad MP MP 1918 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railroad in Illinois MP 1917 1918 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railway 1881 1890 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Mobile and Ohio Railroad GM&O 1886 1940 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Moline and Peoria Railway CB&Q/ MILW 1900 1901 Davenport, Rock Island and North Western Railway
Moline and Southeastern Narrow Gauge Railway 1878 1885 N/A
Momence and State Line Railroad C&EI 1887 1888 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Monon Railroad MON MON 1956 1971 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Morris Terminal Railway RI 1905 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Mound City Railroad IC 1855 1885 Mound City Railway
Mound City Railway IC 1882 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Mounds and Olive Branch Railroad IC 1902 1903 Illinois Central Railroad
Mount Carbon Coal Railroad IC 1861 1869 Grand Tower Mining, Manufacturing and Transportation Company
Mount Carmel and Alton Railroad WAB 1836 1865 Madison County Railroad
Mount Olive Coal Railroad IC 1888 1888 St. Louis and Chicago Railroad
Mount Vernon Railroad L&N 1855 1869 St. Louis and Southeastern Railway
Muncie and State Line Railroad NKP 1879 1879 LaFayette, Bloomington and Muncie Railway
Murphysboro and Shawneetown Railroad IC 1867 1869 Carbondale and Shawneetown Railroad
Nauvoo and Warsaw Railroad MILW 1847 1849 Warsaw and Rockford Railroad
New Castle and Danville Railroad NYC 1854 1869 Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Danville Railroad
New York Central Railroad NYC NYC 1914 1968 Penn Central Transportation Company
New York and Chicago Railway NKP 1881 1881 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad NKP NKP 1887 1964 Norfolk and Western Railway
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railway NKP 1881 1887 Chicago and State Line Railroad
Norfolk and Western Railway N&W, NW 1964 1998 Norfolk Southern Railway
North and South Railroad of Illinois IC 1890 1896 St. Louis, Peoria and Northern Railway
North Western Grand Trunk Railway CN 1879 1880 Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway
Northern Cross Railroad CB&Q 1849 1857 Quincy and Chicago Railroad
Northern Cross Railroad and Transportation Company WAB 1843 1847 Sangamon and Morgan Railroad
Northern Illinois Railroad MILW 1859 1866 Western Union Railroad
Northern Illinois Railway CNW 1884 1888 Chicago and North Western Railway
Northern Indiana Railroad NYC 1855 1855 Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Railroad
Northern Indiana and Chicago Railroad NYC 1850 1855 Northern Indiana Railroad
Northern Pacific Railroad NP 1890 1893 N/A Leased the Wisconsin Central Company
Northern and Southern Illinois Railroad CB&Q 1904 1908 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Ogle and Carroll County Railroad CB&Q 1857 1871 Chicago and Iowa Railroad
Oglesby and Granville Railway MILW 1905 1913 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Ohio, Indiana and Western Railway NYC 1887 1890 Peoria and Eastern Railway
Ohio and Mississippi Railroad B&O 1851 1862 Ohio and Mississippi Railway
Ohio and Mississippi Railway B&O 1861 1893 Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railway
Orion and Minersville Railroad CB&Q 1872 1875 St. Louis, Rock Island and Chicago Railroad
Ottawa, Oswego and Fox River Valley Railroad CB&Q 1852 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Paducah and Illinois Railroad PI CB&Q/ IC/ L&N 1910 Still exists as a joint subsidiary of the BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway, and CSX Transportation
Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda Railroad 1918 1921 Chicago, Palatine and Wauconda Railroad
Pana, Springfield and North Western Railroad B&O 1865 1870 Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway
Paris and Danville Railroad NYC 1869 1881 Danville and Southwestern Railroad
Paris and Decatur Railroad PRR 1861 1874 Peoria, Atlanta and Decatur Railroad
Paris and Terre Haute Railroad PRR 1873 1874 Peoria, Atlanta and Decatur Railroad
Pawnee Railroad 1888 1905 Central Illinois Railway
Peabody Short Line Railroad IC 1958 1961 Illinois Central Railroad
Pekin and Danville Railway NYC 1887 1887 Indiana and Western Railway
Pekin, Lincoln and Decatur Railroad IC 1861 1876 Pekin, Lincoln and Decatur Railway
Pekin, Lincoln and Decatur Railway IC 1876 1879 Peoria, Decatur and Evansville Railway
Peninsular Railway CN 1869 1873 Chicago and Lake Huron Railroad
Penn Central Transportation Company PC 1968 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Penndel Company PRR 1954 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Pennsylvania Company PRR 1871 1918 Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad PRR PRR 1918 1968 Penn Central Transportation Company
Peoria, Atlanta and Decatur Railroad PRR 1869 1874 Illinois Midland Railway
Peoria and Bureau Valley Railroad RI 1853 1980 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Peoria and Burlington Railroad CB&Q 1863 1864 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Peoria, Decatur and Evansville Railway B&O, IC 1879 1900 Illinois Central Railroad, Indiana, Decatur and Western Railway, Mattoon and Evansville Railroad, Peoria, Decatur and Mattoon Railroad
Peoria, Decatur and Mattoon Railroad IC 1900 1905 Illinois Central Railroad
Peoria and Eastern Railway PAE, PE NYC 1890 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Peoria and Farmington Railway MSTL 1869 1882 Central Iowa Railway
Peoria, Hanna City and Western Railway RI 1918 1951 N/A
Peoria and Hannibal Railroad CB&Q 1854 1868 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Peoria, Pekin and Jacksonville Railroad
Peoria and North-Western Railway CNW 1900 1901 Chicago and North Western Railway
Peoria and Oquawka Railroad TP&W 1849 1861 Logansport, Peoria and Burlington Railroad
Peoria, Pekin and Jacksonville Railroad 1863 1881 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Peoria and Pekin Terminal Railway RI 1899 1907 Peoria Railway Terminal Company
Peoria and Pekin Traction Company RI 1897 1899 Peoria and Pekin Terminal Railway
Peoria Railway Terminal Company RI 1906 1926 Peoria Terminal Company
Peoria and Rock Island Railway RI 1867 1877 Rock Island and Peoria Railway
Peoria and Springfield Railroad CNW/ IC/ NKP/ NYC/ PRR 1859 1882 Peoria and Pekin Union Railway
Peoria Terminal Company PT, PTC RI 1926 1980
Peoria Terminal Railway RI 1885 1903 Rock Island and Peoria Railway
Pere Marquette Railroad PM 1903 1917 Pere Marquette Railway
Pere Marquette Railway PM PM 1917 1947 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Peru, La Salle and Deer Park Railroad 1905 1934 N/A
Petersburg and Springfield Railroad GM&O 1853 1854 Sangamon and North West Railroad
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad PRR 1956 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Pike County Bridge Company WAB 1867 1869 Hannibal Bridge Company
Pike County Railroad WAB 1857 1865 Hannibal and Naples Railroad
Pittsburgh Railroad and Coal Company SOU 1859 1865 Illinois and St. Louis Railroad and Coal Company
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad PRR 1917 1956 Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway PRR 1890 1917 Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad PRR 1856 1861 Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway
Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway PRR 1861 1976 Consolidated Rail Corporation
Plymouth, Kankakee and Pacific Railroad NYC 1870 1881 Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Railroad
Polk and Forty-ninth Streets Junction Railway CN 1889 1889 Grand Trunk Junction Railway
Prairie Central Railway PACY 1981 N/A
Prairie Trunk Railway PARY 1977 1984 N/A
Preemption Eastern Railroad RI 1893 1903 Rock Island and Peoria Railway
Pullman Railroad PLM RI 1906 1980 Norfolk and Western Railway
Quincy, Alton and St. Louis Railway CB&Q 1867 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Quincy, Carrollton and St. Louis Railway GM&O 1899 1904 Chicago and Alton Railroad
Quincy and Chicago Railroad CB&Q 1857 1864 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Quincy, Missouri and Pacific Railroad CB&Q 1869 1886 Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railway
Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad CB&Q 1897 1939 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railway CB&Q 1887 1897 Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City Railroad
Quincy Railroad Bridge Company CB&Q 1867 1903 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Quincy and Toledo Railroad WAB 1857 1865 Toledo, Wabash and Western Railway
Quincy and Warsaw Railroad CB&Q 1865 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Racine and Mississippi Railroad MILW 1855 1868 Western Union Railroad
Railroad Bridge Company CB&Q 1853 1867 Quincy Railroad Bridge Company
Randolph County Railroad MP 1894 1895 Centralia and Chester Railroad
Rantoul Railroad IC 1887 1903 Illinois Central Railroad
Riverside and Harlem Railroad IC 1901 1902 Illinois Central Railroad
Rochelle and Southern Railway MILW 1902 1913 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Rock Island and Alton Railroad CB&Q 1855 1859 St. Louis, Alton and Rock Island Railroad
Rock Island and Eastern Illinois Railway CB&Q/ MILW 1896 1900 Davenport, Rock Island and Northwestern Railway
Rock Island and La Salle Railroad RI 1847 1851 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad
Rock Island and Mercer County Railroad RI 1876 1903 Rock Island and Peoria Railway
Rock Island and Peoria Railroad RI 1855 1869 Peoria and Rock Island Railway
Rock Island and Peoria Railway RI 1877 1908 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway
Rockdale, Joliet and Lockport Terminal Railway EJ&E 1905 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Rockford Railroad IC 1906 1906 Illinois Central Railroad
Rockford Belt Railway MILW 1905 1908 Chicago, Milwaukee and Gary Railway
Rockford Central Railroad MILW 1869 1873 Chicago and Superior Railroad
Rockford Central Railroad CNW 1855 1856 Kenosha and Rockford Railroad
Rockford and Mississippi Railroad CNW 1857 1857 Kenosha and State Line Railroad
Rockford, Rock Island and St. Louis Railroad CB&Q 1876 1899 St. Louis, Rock Island and Chicago Railroad
Rockton and Freeport Railroad MILW 1853 1855 Racine and Mississippi Railroad
Rossville and Eastern Railroad C&EI 1902 1903 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Rossville and Indiana Railroad C&EI 1872 1872 Chicago, Danville and Vincennes Railroad
Rutland, Toluca and Northern Railroad GM&O 1909 1938 N/A
St. Charles Railroad CNW 1859 1881 Elgin and State Line Railroad
St. Charles Branch Railroad CNW 1849 1853 Chicago, St. Charles and Mississippi Air Line Railroad
St. Clair Railroad SOU 1841 1853 St. Clair Railroad and Coal Company
St. Clair Railroad and Coal Company SOU 1853 1857 Pittsburgh Railroad and Coal Company
St. Clair Coal Railway PRR 1904 1908 Vandalia Railroad
St. Clair, Madison and St. Louis Belt Railroad CB&Q 1890 1904 Missouri and Illinois Bridge and Belt Railroad Company
St. Francisville and Lawrenceville Railroad NYC 1879 1881 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
St. Louis, Alton and Chicago Railroad GM&O 1857 1862 Chicago and Alton Railroad
St. Louis, Alton and Rock Island Railroad CB&Q 1859 1868 Rockford, Rock Island and St. Louis Railroad
St. Louis, Alton and Springfield Railroad 1887 1892 St. Louis, Chicago and St. Paul Railroad
St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad IC, NYC 1862 1904 Illinois Central Railroad
St. Louis and Belleville Electric Railway IC 1897 1958 Peabody Short Line Railroad Electric until 1949
St. Louis, Belleville and Southern Railway IC 1895 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
St. Louis Bridge Company 1878 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
St. Louis and Cairo Railroad GM&O 1881 1913 Mobile and Ohio Railroad
St. Louis Central Railway IC 1881 1886 St. Louis Southern Railroad
St. Louis and Central Illinois Railroad 1886 1888 St. Louis, Alton and Springfield Railroad
St. Louis and Chicago Railroad IC 1888 1889 St. Louis and Chicago Railway
St. Louis and Chicago Railway IC 1885 1889 North and South Railroad of Illinois
St. Louis, Chicago and Peoria Railway IC 1886 1886 St. Louis and Chicago Railway
St. Louis, Chicago and St. Paul Railroad 1892 1897 St. Louis, Chicago and St. Paul Railway of Illinois
St. Louis, Chicago and St. Paul Railway of Illinois 1897 1900 Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railway of Illinois
St. Louis Coal Railroad IC 1881 1886 St. Louis Southern Railroad
St. Louis and Eastern Railway IC 1889 1896 St. Louis, Peoria and Northern Railway
St. Louis and Illinois Belt Railway ITC 1905 1937 Illinois Terminal Railroad
St. Louis and Illinois Bridge Company 1865 1868 Illinois and St. Louis Bridge Company
St. Louis, Indianapolis and Eastern Railroad IC 1889 1899 Illinois and Eastern Railroad
St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway MP 1901 1917 Missouri Pacific Railroad in Illinois
St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago Railroad GM&O 1862 1899 Chicago and Alton Railroad
St. Louis, Jerseyville and Springfield Railroad 1880 1888 St. Louis, Alton and Springfield Railroad
St. Louis Merchants Bridge Company 1886 1920 St. Louis Merchants Bridge Terminal Railway
St. Louis Merchants Bridge Terminal Railway SLMB 1887 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
St. Louis and Mount Carmel Railway SOU 1878 1878 Louisville, New Albany and St. Louis Railway
St. Louis, Mount Carmel and New Albany Railroad SOU 1869 1872 Louisville, New Albany and St. Louis Air Line Railway
St. Louis and O'Fallon Railway SLOF C&EI 1896 1954 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
St. Louis and Ohio River Railroad MP/ SSW 1920 1948 Alton and Southern Railroad
St. Louis and Ohio River Railroad IC 1901 1903 Illinois Central Railroad
St. Louis and Peoria Railroad IC 1889 1896 St. Louis, Peoria and Northern Railway
St. Louis, Peoria and North Western Railway CNW 1911 1913 Chicago and North Western Railway
St. Louis, Peoria and Northern Railway GM&O, IC 1898 1900 Chicago and Alton Railway, Illinois Central Railroad
St. Louis, Rock Island and Chicago Railroad CB&Q 1876 1899 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
St. Louis and South Eastern Railway L&N 1872 1879 South East and St. Louis Railway
St. Louis and Southeastern Railroad L&N 1871 1871 St. Louis and Southeastern Railway
St. Louis and Southeastern Railway L&N 1871 1872 St. Louis and South Eastern Railway
St. Louis and Southeastern Railway L&N 1869 1871 St. Louis and Southeastern Railroad
St. Louis Southern Railroad IC 1886 1897 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
St. Louis and Southern Illinois Railroad MP 1901 1902 Illinois Southern Railway
St. Louis Southwestern Railway SSW SSW 1905 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
St. Louis, Springfield and Vincennes Railway B&O 1899 1899 Cincinnati, Louisville and Vincennes Railway
St. Louis, Troy and Eastern Railroad ITC 1899 1937 Illinois Terminal Railroad
St. Louis Valley Railway MP 1901 1903 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
St. Louis Valley Transfer Railway MP 1902 1903 St. Louis Valley Railway
St. Louis, Vandalia and Terre Haute Railroad PRR 1865 1905 Vandalia Railroad
Saline Valley Railway NYC 1907 1917 Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway
Sangamon and Morgan Railroad WAB 1845 1853 Great Western Railroad
Sangamon and North West Railroad GM&O 1854 1859 Alton and St. Louis Railroad
Savanna Branch Railroad MILW 1851 1856 Racine and Mississippi Railroad
Seaboard System Railroad SBD 1983 1986 CSX Transportation
SF&L Railway SFAL 2001 2002 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway
Shawneetown and Eldorado Railroad L&N 1861 1869 St. Louis and Southeastern Railway
Sidell and Olney Railroad 1915 1919 Kansas and Sidell Railroad, Westfield Railroad, Yale Short Line Railroad
South Chicago Railroad IC 1881 1987 Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation
South Chicago and Southern Railroad PRR 1881 1954 Penndel Company
South Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad C&EI/ CN/ ERIE/ MON/ WAB 1880 1882 Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad
South East and St. Louis Railway L&N 1880 1936 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
South Wilmington and Southern Railroad 1907 1918 Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company
Southern Railway SOU SOU 1900 1990 Norfolk Southern Railway
Southern Railway of Illinois SOU 1900 1900 Southern Railway
Southern Illinois and Kentucky Railroad IC 1925 1954 Illinois Central Railroad
Southern Indiana Railway MILW 1908 1910 Chicago, Terre Haute and Southeastern Railway
Sparta and Ste. Genevieve Railroad MP 1889 1894 Centralia and Chester Railroad
SPCSL Corporation SSWN SSW 1989 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Springfield and Decatur Railway B&O 1901 1901 Indiana, Decatur and Western Railway
Springfield, Decatur and Indianapolis Railway B&O 1875 1875 Indianapolis, Decatur and Springfield Railway
Springfield, Effingham and South Eastern Railroad IC 1869 1883 Indiana and Illinois Southern Railroad
Springfield, Havana and Peoria Railroad 1926 1936 Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway
Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway B&O 1870 1874 Ohio and Mississippi Railway
Springfield and Northwestern Railroad 1869 1878 Springfield and Northwestern Railway
Springfield and Northwestern Railway 1878 1881 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Springfield and Pekin Railroad CNW/ IC/ NKP/ NYC/ PRR 1853 1859 Peoria and Springfield Railroad
Springfield and Southwestern Railroad 1942 1945 N/A
Springfield Terminal Railway SFT 1908 1952 N/A
Strawn and Indiana State Line Railroad C&EI 1880 1887 Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
Streator and Clinton Railroad NYC 1899 1900 Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Railroad
Sycamore and Cortland Railroad CNW 1859 1888 Chicago and North Western Railway
Tamaroa and Mount Vernon Railway MP 1891 1892 Wabash, Chester and Western Railroad
Terminal Railroad NYC 1896 1907 Indiana Harbor Railroad
Terminal Railroad of East St. Louis 1880 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
Terre Haute and Alton Railroad NYC 1851 1856 Terre Haute, Alton and St. Louis Railroad
Terre Haute, Alton and St. Louis Railroad NYC 1856 1862 St. Louis, Alton and Terre Haute Railroad
Terre Haute and Indianapolis Railroad PRR 1892 1905 Vandalia Railroad
Terre Haute and Peoria Railroad PRR 1887 1957 Penndel Company
Thayer Junction Railway 1909 1918 Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company
Toledo, Charleston and St. Louis Railroad NKP 1886 1886 Toledo, St. Louis and Kansas City Railroad
Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad NKP 1881 1884 Toledo, Charleston and St. Louis Railroad
Toledo and East St. Louis Railroad NKP 1900 1900 Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad
Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw Railway TP&W 1864 1880 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad TP&W, TPW TP&W 1927 1983 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad TP&W 1879 1886 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway TP&W TP&W 1887 1927 Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad
Toledo, St. Louis and Kansas City Railroad NKP 1886 1900 Toledo and East St. Louis Railroad
Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad NKP 1900 1923 New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Toledo, Wabash and Western Railway WAB 1865 1876 Wabash Railway
Toluca and Eastern Railroad GM&O 1897 1902 Toluca, Marquette and Northern Railroad
Toluca, Marquette and Northern Railroad GM&O 1900 1909 Rutland, Toluca and Northern Railroad
Tonica and Petersburg Railroad GM&O 1857 1862 St. Louis, Jacksonville and Chicago Railroad
Tuscola, Charleston and Vincennes Railroad NKP 1867 1881 Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad
Union Railroad NYC 1852 1881 Michigan Central Railroad
Union Railway and Transit Company 1874 1880 Terminal Railroad of East St. Louis
Union Station Company CB&Q/ MILW/ PRR 1913 1915 Chicago Union Station Company
Union Stock Yard and Transit Company of Chicago NYC 1865 1958 Chicago River and Indiana Railroad
Vandalia Railroad PRR 1905 1917 Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Venice and Carondelet Railway SOU 1880 1889 Louisville, Evansville and St. Louis Consolidated Railroad
Vermilion and State Line Railroad NKP 1881 1881 Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad
Wabash Railroad WAB WAB 1942 1991 Norfolk and Western Railway
Wabash Railroad WAB 1889 1915 Wabash Railway
Wabash Railway WAB 1915 1942 Wabash Railroad
Wabash Railway WAB 1876 1879 Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway
Wabash, Chester and Western Railroad MP 1878 1928 Chester and Mount Vernon Railroad
Wabash Eastern Railway of Illinois WAB 1889 1889 Wabash Railroad
Wabash – Hannibal Bridge Company WAB 1937 1943 Wabash Railroad
Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway WAB 1879 1886 Cairo, Vincennes and Chicago Railway, Chicago, Havana and Western Railroad, Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railway, Wabash Eastern Railway of Illinois
Wabash Southern Railway MP 1905 1909 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway
Wabash Valley Railroad WVRC 1977 1981 Prairie Central Railway
Wabash Western Railway WAB 1887 1889 Wabash Railroad
Warsaw, Rock Island and Galena Railroad MILW 1863 1872 Western Union Railroad
Warsaw and Rockford Railroad MILW 1849 1863 Warsaw, Rock Island and Galena Railroad
Watertown Railroad MILW 1874 1876 Western Union Railroad
Waukegan and Mississippi Valley Railway 1893 1919 American Steel and Wire Company
Waukegan, Rockford and Elgin Traction Company 1909 1918 Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda Railroad Operated by steam
Waukegan and Southwestern Railway EJ&E 1891 Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Western Air Line Railroad CB&Q 1853 1859 American Central Railway
Western Union Railroad MILW 1863 1900 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway
Westfield Railroad WSD 1919 1926 Casey and Kansas Railroad
Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad WICT 1985 1997 Wisconsin and Southern Railroad
Wisconsin Central Company CP 1887 1899 Wisconsin Central Railway
Wisconsin Central Railroad CP 1954 1961 Soo Line Railroad
Wisconsin Central Railway CP 1897 1954 Wisconsin Central Railroad
Wisconsin and Minnesota Railroad CP 1885 1888 Wisconsin Central Company
Yale Short Line Railroad 1919 1933 N/A

Electric railways and predecessors[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

References[edit]

  • Hilton, George W. (1990). American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-2369-9.