Union Pacific / West Line

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Union Pacific West Line
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Overview
Type Commuter Rail
System Metra
Termini Ogilvie Transportation Center
Elburn
Stations 19
Daily ridership 27,196 (avg. weekday 2014)[1]
Operation
Owner Union Pacific Railroad (Leased to Metra)
Operator(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Metra
Technical
Line length 43.8 miles[2]
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Route map

44.0 mi
70.8 km
Elburn
Elburn yard
40.8 mi
65.7 km
La Fox
38.1 mi
61.3 km
St. Charles
35.5 mi
57.1 km
Geneva
Freeport branch
29.7 mi
47.8 km
West Chicago
27.5 mi
44.3 km
Winfield
Illinois Prairie Path
25.0 mi
40.2 km
Wheaton
23.8 mi
38.3 km
College Avenue
22.4 mi
36 km
Glen Ellyn
19.9 mi
32 km
Lombard
17.8 mi
28.6 km
Villa Park
15.7 mi
25.3 km
Elmhurst
14.3 mi
23 km
Berkeley
12.7 mi
20.4 km
Bellwood
11.3 mi
18.2 km
Melrose Park
10.5 mi
16.9 km
Maywood
9.7 mi
15.6 km
River Forest
9.1 mi
14.6 km
Lathrop
8.5 mi
13.7 km
Oak Park
8.2 mi
13.2 km
Avenue
7.7 mi
12.4 km
Ridgeland
7.2 mi
11.6 km
Austin Blvd.
6.7 mi
10.8 km
Austin
CTA Green Line
to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove
4.8 mi
7.7 km
Keeler
(employees only)
3.6 mi
5.8 km
Kedzie
3.0 mi
4.8 km
California Ave. coach yard
Western Ave. Corridor
MD-N MD-W NCS Amtrak
2.6 mi
4.2 km
Chicago River (north branch)
Wells Street Station
(1853-1911)
CTA Green and Pink lines
0.0
Ogilvie Transportation Center

The Union Pacific West Line (UP-W) is a Metra commuter rail line operated by Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its suburbs. Metra does not refer to its lines by particular colors, but the timetable accents for the Union Pacific/West line are "Kate Shelley Rose" pink, honoring an Iowa woman who saved a Chicago & North Western Railway train from disaster in 1881.[3] In April 2013 the public timetable shows 30 trains leaving Chicago each weekday, of which 22 run to Elburn. Of the 8 trains on weekdays that do not run through to Elburn, 4 terminate at Elmhurst, 2 at Geneva, 1 at West Chicago, and 1 at La Fox. All weekend trains run through to Elburn. Until 2006, all Metra trains on this line terminated at Geneva. The line runs as part of the Union Pacific Railroad's Geneva Subdivision (ex-C&NW line to Clinton, Iowa.)

The line runs from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago through the western suburbs to Elburn. This is the oldest railway route in Chicago, the route of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad along Kinzie street.

Until the late 1940s the line had a branch to Freeport, Illinois. It diverged from the main line at West Chicago and had stations at Elgin, Marengo, Belvidere, Rockford, Freeport, and other communities.

Station stops[edit]

Zone Station Municipality County Notes
I Elburn Elburn Kane Connections:

Bus interchange Huskie Line buses: Elburn Shuttle

La Fox La Fox
H St. Charles St. Charles St. Charles branch

Closed 1951

Geneva Geneva Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 592 St. Charles - Geneva Call-n-Ride, 596 Batavia Call-n-Ride, 801 Elgin/Geneva, and 802 Aurora-Geneva via Lake

F West Chicago West Chicago DuPage
Winfield Winfield Points of interest:

Central DuPage Hospital
Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 591 Wheaton - Winfield Call-n-Ride

E Wheaton Wheaton Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 301 Roosevelt Road, 591 Wheaton - Winfield Call-n-Ride, 709 Carol Stream/North Wheaton, 711 Wheaton/Carol Stream/Stratford Square, and 714 College of DuPage/Naperville/Wheaton Connector

College Avenue Points of interest:

Wheaton College
Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 714 College of DuPage/Naperville/Wheaton Connector

Glen Ellyn Glen Ellyn Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 715 Central DuPage

D Lombard Lombard Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 674 Southwest Lombard

Villa Park Villa Park
Elmhurst Elmhurst Points of interest:

Elmhurst College and Wilder Park Conservatory
Connections:
Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 332 River Road - York Road

C Berkeley Berkeley Cook Formerly:

Proviso

Bellwood Bellwood Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 330 Mannheim - LaGrange Roads

Melrose Park Melrose Park Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 303 Forest Park/Rosemont, 309 Lake Street, and 313 St. Charles Road

Maywood Maywood Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street, 313 St. Charles Road, and 331 Cumberland/5th Avenue

B River Forest River Forest Connections:

Bus interchange Pace buses: 309 Lake Street and 313 St. Charles Road

Lathrop Closed December 1, 1958
Oak Park Oak Park Connections:

Metro interchange CTA "L" lines: Green Line (at Harlem/Lake)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 90 Harlem
Bus interchange Pace buses: 305 Cicero/River Forest, 307 Harlem, 309 Lake Street, 313 St. Charles Road, 318 West North Avenue, 757 Oak Park/Schaumburg Limited, and 770 Brookfield Zoo Express/CTA Green Line

Avenue Closed December 1, 1958
Ridgeland Closed December 1, 1958
Austin Blvd Closed December 1, 1958
Austin Chicago Closed December 1, 1958
A Keeler Employee only stop; serves adjacent maintenance facility
Kedzie Connections:

Metro interchange CTA "L" lines: Green Line (at Kedzie)
Bus interchange CTA buses: 52 Kedzie/California

Ogilvie Transportation Center Connections:

Mainline rail interchange Metra trains: Union Pacific / Northwest Line and Union Pacific / North Line
Metro interchange CTA "L" lines: Green and Pink Lines (at Clinton)
Bus interchange CTA buses: J14 Jeffery Jump, 19 United Center Express, 56 Milwaukee, 60 Blue Island/26th, 120 Ogilvie/Streeterville Express, 124 Navy Pier, 125 Water Tower Express, 126 Jackson, 128 Soldier Field Express, 130 Museum Campus, 157 Streeterville/Taylor, and 192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 26, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - Union Pacific/West
  3. ^ "Did you know?" (PDF). On the Bi-Level: 3. June 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-02.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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