Milwaukee District / North Line
|Milwaukee District / North Line|
A Metra train approaches the Deerfield station along the line
|Daily ridership||24,500 (Avg. Weekday 2009)|
|Owner||Metra, Canadian Pacific|
|Operator(s)||Metra (Dispatched primarily by CP)|
|Line length||49.5 miles (79.7 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Milwaukee District / North Line (MD-N) is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs. Metra does not refer to any of its lines by color, but the timetable accents for the Milwaukee District / North line are pale "Hiawatha Orange," honoring the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha passenger trains.
The line runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through northern suburbs to Fox Lake, Illinois. In April 2013 the public timetable shows 30 weekday departures from Chicago, 18 running to Fox Lake.
In the 1980s this line was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). With the demise of the Milwaukee Road, ownership eventually passed to Metra. Today this service is one of several Metra routes operated by Metra crews, but trains are dispatched, under contract, by the Canadian Pacific Railway which runs freight service over parts of this route.
The Milwaukee District/North Line route and Metra's track ownership diverges from the Chicago - Milwaukee - Minneapolis mainline at Rondout, Illinois and proceeds northwesterly toward Fox Lake. This secondary route, owned by Metra, was known as the Janesville Subdivision (J-Sub) of the Milwaukee Road. The mainline north of Rondout is owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). The mainline hosts Amtrak intercity passenger trains, the Hiawatha Service to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Empire Builder to the Pacific Northwest. These trains operate out Union Station stopping only in Glenview, Cook County, Illinois.
Until 1984 there was a stop in Rondout. The station building itself was demolished in the mid-1960s. The station was between the Lake Forest and Libertyville stops. Metra service and track ownership ends at Fox Lake. The tracks beyond Fox Lake are owned by the State of Wisconsin and operated for freight service by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad. Commuter service beyond Fox Lake, abolished in 1982, served the communities of Spring Grove, Illinois, Solon Mills, Illinois, Zenda, Wisconsin, and Walworth, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee District/North Line trains make the following station stops:
- "Ridership Reports - System Facts". Metra. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
- "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009.
- Metra Railfan Tips - Milwaukee District/North Line
- Chicago's Lost Stations - Milwaukee Road Chicago-Fox Lake
- Chicago's Lost Stations - Milwaukee Road Fox Lake-Janesville
- Metra Milwaukee District/North service schedule
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