Ashdale Junction, Illinois

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Ashdale Junction, Illinois
Unincorporated community
Ashdale Junction, Illinois is located in Illinois
Ashdale Junction, Illinois
Ashdale Junction, Illinois
Ashdale Junction, Illinois is located in the US
Ashdale Junction, Illinois
Ashdale Junction, Illinois
Coordinates: 42°05′06″N 89°55′28″W / 42.08500°N 89.92444°W / 42.08500; -89.92444Coordinates: 42°05′06″N 89°55′28″W / 42.08500°N 89.92444°W / 42.08500; -89.92444
Country United States
State Illinois
County Carroll
Elevation 820 ft (250 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 815 & 779
GNIS feature ID 422418[1]

Ashdale Junction is an unincorporated community in Carroll County, Illinois, United States. Ashdale Junction is located along the Milwaukee Road railroad line east of Mount Carroll.

Ashdale Junction marks the former site of the junction between the main line of the Milwaukee Road and the "Ashdale cutoff," which allowed some trains to bypass the yard and steep grade at Savanna, rejoining the main line at Ebner. The 15-mile cutoff, running along Johnson Creek, was built by the "Ashdale and Thomson Railroad" (a subsidiary of the Milwaukee Road) in 1902, and began carrying trains such as the Southwest Limited in 1903.[2]:43 It was part of a larger bypass project running across Iowa, called the "Kansas City Cutoff."[2]:161 The Ashdale cutoff was abandoned in 1952.[citation needed]

There was no terminal at Ashdale,[3] but passenger trains stopped there at least as late as 1912; it was the only stop between Lanark and Mount Carroll.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Scribbins, Jim (2008) [1990]. Milwaukee Road Remembered. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 9780816666621. OCLC 437119949. 
  3. ^ National Railroad Adjustment Board (1938). Awards. p. 359. 
  4. ^ "The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway and Pacific Coast Extension". Frances Shimer Quarterly. 4 (1). Shimer College. April 1911. p. 57.