Union Pacific / Northwest Line

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Union Pacific / Northwest Line
METX 142 in Norwood Park on the UP Harvard Subdivision.jpg
A Union Pacific / Northwest Line train led by an EMD F40PH in Norwood Park, Illinois
Type Commuter Rail
System Metra
Status Operational
Locale Cook, Lake and McHenry counties, Illinois
Termini Ogilvie Transportation Center
Harvard, McHenry
Stations 23
Daily ridership 42,900 (Avg. Weekday 2009)[1]
Owner Union Pacific Railroad (Leased to Metra)
Operator(s) Union Pacific Railroad (Chicago to Harvard) Metra (McHenry Branch only)
Line length 62 mi (100 Km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map
76.4 Williams Bay(discontinued)
70.4 Lake Geneva(discontinued)
64.9 Pell Lake(discontinued)
62.8 Harvard
61.6 Genoa City(discontinued)
59.9 Richmond(discontinued)
55.7 Hartland(discontinued)
53.8 Ringwood(discontinued)
52.8 Johnsburg(proposed)
51.3 Woodstock
50.1 McHenry
47.3 Prairie Grove(proposed)
45.7 Ridgefield(proposed)
42.9 Crystal Lake
41.7 Pingree Road(Crystal Lake)
38.3 Cary
Fox River
37.0 Fox River Grove
31.5 Barrington
26.4 Palatine
24.2 Arlington Park(Arlington Heights)
22.4 Arlington Heights
19.6 Mount Prospect
18.2 Cumberland(Des Plaines)
North Central Service
to Antioch
North Central Service
to Union Station
16.7 Des Plaines
Des Plaines River
14.6 Dee Road(Park Ridge)
13.1 Park Ridge
12.3 Edison Park
11.1 Norwood Park
9.7 Gladstone Park
8.7 Jefferson Park
Milwaukee District / North Line
to Fox Lake
Milwaukee District / North Line
to Union Station
6.7 Irving Park
Union Pacific / North Line
to Kenosha
2.8 Clybourn(Chicago)
Union Pacific / West Line
to Elburn
Metra and Amtrak lines
to/from Union Station
Green and Pink lines
0.0 Ogilvie Transportation Center(Chicago)

The Union Pacific / Northwest Line (UP-NW) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. While Metra does not refer to any of its lines by colors, the timetable accents for the Union Pacific/Northwest line are bright "Viking Yellow," honoring the Chicago & North Western Railway's Viking passenger train.[2]

The line runs from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago to endpoints in McHenry, Illinois and Harvard, Illinois, with the McHenry branch served only during weekday rush periods. Overall, this is Metra's longest route and one of three lines with branches.

As of April 2013, the public timetable indicated 33 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, with 11 terminating at Harvard, 14 at Crystal Lake, and three at McHenry.

The line has many riders from southern Wisconsin due to its proximity to places like Madison and Janesville. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has funded studies on extending the line from Harvard to into Janesville, with potential stops along the way.[3] This line is also used by a handful of commuters from the Rockford area.[4] There has been talk of rebuilding the KD Line from Rockford to Harvard.[citation needed]

Station stops[edit]

Union Pacific/Northwest Line trains make the following station stops:

McHenry Branch after Pingree Road


External links[edit]

Media related to Metra Union Pacific/Northwest Line at Wikimedia Commons