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Milwaukee District / North Line
Metra City of Woodstock in Deerfield.jpg
EMD F40PH #120 leads an outbound train at Deerfield
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System Metra
Termini Union Station
Fox Lake
Stations 22
Daily ridership 23,257 (Avg. Weekday 2014)[1]
Operation
Owner Metra, Canadian Pacific, Wisconsin and Southern Railway
Operator(s) Metra (Dispatched primarily by CP)
Technical
Line length 49.5 miles (79.7 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Route map
73.6 mi
118.4 km
Walworth (Discontinued)
67.3 mi
108.3 km
Zenda (Discontinued)
Wisconsin
Illinois
57.5 mi
92.5 km
Richmond (Proposed)
55.8 mi
89.8 km
Solon Mills (Discontinued)
53.8 mi
86.6 km
Spring Grove (Proposed)
49.4 mi
79.5 km
Fox Lake
47.8 mi
76.9 km
Ingleside
47.0 mi
75.6 km
Wilson Road (Discontinued)
46.1 mi
74.2 km
Long Lake
44.2 mi
71.1 km
Round Lake
41.0 mi
66 km
Grayslake
NCS
39.8 mi
64.1 km
Prairie Crossing
35.5 mi
57.1 km
Libertyville
Des Plaines River
Chicago River(north branch)
Amtrak
Empire Builder
to Seattle or Portland
Amtrak
Hiawatha Service
to Milwaukee
North Shore Bike Path
32.3 mi
52 km
Rondout (Discontinued)
Chicago River(north branch)
28.4 mi
45.7 km
Lake Forest
24.6 mi
39.6 km
Deerfield
23.4 mi
37.7 km
Lake Cook Road
21.0 mi
33.8 km
Northbrook
20.2 mi
32.5 km
Techny (Discontinued)
18.5 mi
29.8 km
North Glenview
17.4 mi
28 km
Glenview Amtrak
15.4 mi
24.8 km
Golf
Chicago River(north branch)
14.6 mi
23.5 km
Morton Grove
11.5 mi
18.5 km
Edgebrook
Chicago River(north branch)
10.2 mi
16.4 km
Forest Glen
CTA Blue Line
UP-NW
9.2 mi
14.8 km
Mayfair
8.3 mi
13.4 km
Grayland
7.5 mi
12.1 km
Healy
MD-W to ElginNCS to Antioch
Coach Yard
2.9 mi
4.7 km
Western Avenue
UP-W
Chicago 'L'
Northwest branch
UP-N UP-NW
CTA Green and Pink Lines
0 mi Union Station Amtrak
BNSF to Aurora
HC to Joliet
SWS to Manhattan

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.[2] The line utilizes the Canadian Pacific Railway's C&M Subdivision. From Rondout to Fox Lake, the line is single tracked.

Operations[edit]

Metra is the primary user of the line, with commuter services operating between Union Station and Fox Lake, Illinois. As of 2015 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.[3] This service is supplemented by Amtrak, whose Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service inter-city trains stop at Union Station and Glenview.

History[edit]

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).[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

There is also talk of constructing a second branch, from Rondout north to Wadsworth and Kenosha County, Wisconsin.[7]

Stations[edit]

Zone Station Municipality County Notes
N/A Walworth Walworth, Wisconsin Walworth Closed
N/A Zenda Zenda, Wisconsin Closed
N/A Solon Mills Solon Mills McHenry Closed
N/A Spring Grove Spring Grove Closed
J Fox Lake Fox Lake Lake Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC and 806 Crystal Lake-Fox Lake

Ingleside Ingleside Points of interest:

Duck Lake and Fox Lake Veterans Memorial Park
Connections
Bus interchange Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC

Wilson Road Long Lake Closed
Long Lake
I Round Lake Round Lake Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC

Grayslake Grayslake Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 570 Fox Lake-CLC

H Prairie Crossing Libertyville Connections

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: North Central Service (at Prairie Crossing)

Libertyville
N/A Rondout Rondout Closed
F Lake Forest Lake Forest
E Deerfield Deerfield Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 471 Highland Park/Deerfield, 576 Deerfield Metra to Buffalo Grove/Lincolnshire, and 632 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 2

Lake Cook Road Cook Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 626 Skokie Valley Limited, 627 Discover-Takeda Shuttle Bug, 631 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 1, 632 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 2, 633 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 3, 634 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 4, 635 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 5, and 639 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 7

Northbrook Northbrook Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court

N/A Techny Techny Closed
D North Glenview Glenview Connections

Bus interchange Pace buses: 423 Linden CTA/The Glen/Harlem CTA and 623 Glen of North Glenview-Metra Station/Willow Road Corridor

Glenview Connections

Mainline rail interchange Amtrak trains: Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service
Bus interchange Pace buses: 210 Lincoln Avenue, 422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court, and 423 Linden CTA/The Glen/Harlem CTA

Golf Golf Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 210 Lincoln Avenue

C Morton Grove Morton Grove Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 210 Lincoln Avenue and 250 Dempster Street

Edgebrook Chicago Connections:

Bus interchange CTA buses: 85A North Central
Bus interchange Pace buses: 225 Central/Howard and 226 Oakton Street

Forest Glen Connections:

Bus interchange CTA buses: 92 Foster

B Mayfair Connections:

Metro interchange CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Montrose)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 54 Cicero, 54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd, and 78 Montrose

Grayland Connections:

Bus interchange CTA buses: 56 Milwaukee and 152 Addison

Healy Connections:

Bus interchange CTA buses: 53 Pulaski and 74 Fullerton

A Western Avenue Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Milwaukee District / West and North Central Service
Bus interchange CTA buses: 49 Western, X49 Western Express, and 65 Grand

Union Station Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Milwaukee District / West, North Central Service, BNSF Railway, Heritage Corridor, and SouthWest Service
Mainline rail interchange Amtrak trains: California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, Hiawatha Service, Illini and Saluki, Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Hoosier State, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Pere Marquette, Wolverine, Blue Water, and Lincoln Service
Metro interchange CTA "L" trains: Blue Line (at Clinton), Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Line Express (at Quincy)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 28 Stony Island, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 121 Union/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 151 Sheridan, 156 LaSalle, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express
Bus interchange Pace buses: 755 Plainfield/IMD/West Loop Express
Intercity bus service Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach: Chicago-Madison and Chicago-Rockford (via Van Galder), Chicago-Louisville (via Greyhound)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata

Media related to Metra Milwaukee District/North Line at Wikimedia Commons