Hegewisch (NICTD station)
|Location||13730 South Brainard Avenue
Hegewisch, Chicago, Illinois 60633
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
The Hegewisch Station is a commuter rail station within the city of Chicago, Illinois in the Hegewisch neighborhood, that serves the South Shore Line north to Millennium Station and east to the cities of Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, and South Bend, Indiana. The Hegewisch station recently introduced two new high-level platforms, as part of NICTD's continuing effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Hegewisch is the South Shore Line's easternmost stop in Chicago and the last one in Illinois outbound, and offers pay parking. It is the only Illinois station on the South Shore Line not shared with the Metra Electric Line. There is a unique arrangement at the station as far as fares are concerned: although this station is a South Shore Line stop and the tracks are owned by NICTD, the station and the parking lots are actually owned by Metra and thus subject to Metra's fares, because the station is within the state of Illinois. Thus, when the South Shore Line adjusts its fares, the fares for Hegewisch do not change, but if Metra adjusts its fares, the fares at Hegewisch are adjusted accordingly.
The station is just west of an at-grade junction with a former Pennsylvania Railroad branch line (ex-South Chicago & Southern). The line began at the main line near the Illinois–Indiana state line and continued to a connection with the line to Logansport, Indiana. As of 2011, the tracks only exist to the former New York Central Railroad (ex-Michigan Central) line.
The Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad main line (carrying trains of the Erie, Monon, Chicago and Eastern Illinois, and Wabash railroads) ran parallel to the South Shore. The Nickel Plate Railroad also had its main line to the west of the C&WI.
- #30 South Chicago
- #355 Wentworth Limited
- #358 Torrence
- #364 159th Street (Weekend Service Only)
- NICTD: Our History
- Welsh, Joseph (2002). Passenger Trains of Yesteryear Chicago Eastbound. Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 10.
- South Shore Line - Stations
- Hegewisch Station (South Shore Railfan.net)
- South Shore Schedule (Hegewisch.net)
- Station House from Google Maps Street View