Milwaukee District / North Line
|Milwaukee District / North Line|
|Daily ridership||23,257 (Avg. Weekday 2014)|
|Owner||Metra, Canadian Pacific, Wisconsin and Southern Railway|
|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) standard gauge|
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 utilizes the Canadian Pacific Railway's C&M Subdivision. From Rondout to Fox Lake, the line is single tracked, with the Grayslake station and Round Lake double-tracked. Fox Lake is triple-tracked and contains a yard.
Metra is the primary user of the line, with commuter services operating between Union Station and Fox Lake, Illinois. As of 2015[update] the public timetable shows 30 weekday departures to Chicago, with 18 running through to Fox Lake. Of the 12 trains not running to Fox Lake, six terminate at Deerfield, five at Grayslake, and one at Lake Forest. Metra operates a reduced schedule on weekends. This service is supplemented by Amtrak, whose Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service inter-city trains stop at Union Station and Glenview.
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).
Until 1984 there was a stop in Rondout. The station building itself was demolished in the mid-1960s. The station was located at Rondout Junction, where the line crosses the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway's tracks at a diamond junction. 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:
- "Milwaukee District North Line Weekday Ridership". Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics (RTAMS). Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009.
- "Chicago to Fox Lake" (PDF). Metra. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- Metra Railfan Tips - Milwaukee District/North Line
- Chicago's Lost Stations - Milwaukee Road Chicago-Fox Lake
- Chicago's Lost Stations - Milwaukee Road Suburban Service; North Timetable (November 14, 1971)
- Metra Milwaukee District/North service schedule
Media related to Metra Milwaukee District/North Line at Wikimedia Commons