Milwaukee District / West Line
|Milwaukee District / West Line|
A Milwaukee District/West train at Roselle in 2009.
Elgin/Big Timber Road
|Daily ridership||22,100 (Avg. Weekday 2009)|
|Owner||Metra (Dispatched by CP Rail)|
|Operator(s)||Metra, Canadian Pacific Railway|
|Line length||40 mi (64 km)|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Milwaukee District / West Line (MD-W) is a Metra commuter rail line in Chicago, Illinois, and the western suburbs. (Metra does not refer to any of its lines by a particular color, but the timetable accents for the Milwaukee District/West line are dark "Arrow Yellow," honoring the Milwaukee Road's Arrow passenger train.)
It runs from Union Station in downtown Chicago through the western suburbs to Elgin, Illinois. In April 2013 the public timetable shows 29 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 22 run to Big Timber Road. Of the 7 trains that do not run through to Big Timber Road, 3 terminate at Elgin, 2 at Franklin Park, 1 at Bartlett, and 1 at National Street. All weekend trains terminate at Elgin; Big Timber Road does not have weekend service.
Metra has long range plans to eventually extend the line to Huntley and Marengo, Illinois, and, in the long term, out to Rockford. Another proposal recommends extending the line to Pingree Grove and Hampshire, Illinois on the Milwaukee road's own tracks.
The MD-W line's locomotive fleet consists of mainly MPI MP36PH-3S diesel-electric locomotives, with some EMD F40PH locomotives. The line also operates ex-GO Transit EMD F59PH locomotives. The fleet is pooled with the fleets for the North Central Service and the Milwaukee District/North Line. As of 2016, three of these locomotives are in operation.
Coaches, or passenger railcars, consist mostly of Nippon Sharyo railcars built in the early 2000s. Cab cars are Nippon Sharyo built. Budd-built railcars also operate on the line, but the cab cars built by Budd have not been in use since the delivery of the newer railcars.
|H||Big Timber Road||Elgin||Kane||Weekday service only|
|Elgin||Points of interest:|
Fox River Trolley Museum
Pace buses: 546 Orange/Walnut and Route 801 Elgin/Geneva
|Hanover Park||Hanover Park||DuPage||Connections:|
Pace buses: 554 Elgin/Woodfield
|Schaumburg||Schaumburg||Points of interest:|
Pace buses: 616 Rosemont/Itasca Limited
|D||Wood Dale||Wood Dale|
Pace buses: 319 Grand Avenue and 332 River Road/York Road
|C||Mannheim||Franklin Park||Cook||Rush hour service only|
Pace buses: 303 Forest Park/Rosemont and 319 Grand Avenue
|River Grove||River Grove||Points of interest:|
|Elmwood Park||Elmwood Park||Connections:|
Pace buses: 307 Harlem and 319 Grand Avenue
CTA buses: 65 Grand and 74 Fullerton
|Mars||Rush hour service only|
Points of interest: Mars candy factory and Rutherford Sayre Park
CTA buses: 86 Narragansett/Ridgeland
|Hanson Park||Rush hour service only|
|Cragin||Closed in 2006, replaced by Grand/Cicero|
|Grand/Cicero||Rush hour service only|
|Hermosa||Closed in 2006, replaced by Grand/Cicero|
Metra trains: Milwaukee District / North, North Central Service, BNSF Railway, Heritage Corridor, and SouthWest Service
- "Ridership Reports - System Facts". Metra. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
- "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-02.
- Metra (2006-12-11). "Metra - Station and Parking Construction Advisories". Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2006-12-11.
- "Marengo Extension Commuter Rail Feasibility Study" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- "NORTHERN ILLINOIS COMMUTER RAIL INITIATIVE COMMUTER RAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- Metra Milwaukee District/West service schedule
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