Westchester Branch

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Westchester branch
Type Rapid transit
System Chicago "L"
Status Closed
Locale Forest Park, Illinois
Maywood, Illinois
Bellwood, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Termini Des Plaines
Mannheim & 22nd
Stations 9
Opened October 1, 1926
Closed December 9, 1951
Operator(s) Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1951)
Chicago Rapid Transit Company (1926-1947)
Line length 5.6 mi (9.0 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Third rail, 600 V DC
Route map
Garfield Park branch
to Loop
Des Plaines River
Forest Park
1st Ave.
5th Ave.
9th Ave.
11th11th Ave.
17th Ave.
25th Ave.
Indiana Harbor Belt
Addison Creek
Bellwood Junction
Bellwood Ave.
Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad
Harrison St.
Illinois Central Railroad
Canterbury St.

The Westchester branch was a rapid transit line which was part of the Chicago "L" system from 1926 to 1951. The branch served the suburbs of Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood, and Westchester, and consisted of nine stations.[1] It opened on October 1, 1926 and closed on December 9, 1951.[2]


The Westchester branch was 5.6 mi (9.0 km) long, and originated from the Garfield Park Branch at the Des Plains station in Forest Park, Illinois. Initially the line terminated at Roosevelt Road near Belwood Avenue.[3] On December 1, 1930, service was extended to Mannheim/22nd. Service on the Westchester branch ended on December 9, 1951,[2] and was replaced by the Westchester bus route (now Pace Route 317), which largely mirrored the route of the Westchester branch, though the bus route only extended as far south as Canterbury Street.[4]

Station listing[edit]

Westchester Maywood branch stations[5][1][3]
Station Location
Des Plaines 711 S. Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park
5th 5th Avenue near Quincy Street, Maywood
11th 11th Avenue and South Maywood Drive, Maywood
17th 17th Avenue and South Maywood Drive, Maywood
25th 25th Avenue and Maywood Drive, Maywood
Bellwood Bellwood Avenue near Madison Street, Bellwood
Harrison Harrison Street near Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood
Roosevelt Roosevelt Road near Bellwood Avenue, Westchester
Canterbury Canterbury Street near Westchester Boulevard, Westchester
Mannheim/22nd Mannheim Road and 22nd Street, Westchester


  1. ^ a b 'L' Map of Chicago (Map). Chicago Rapid Transit Company. 1934. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Westchester branch". Chicago "L".org. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Map of Chicago Rapid Transit Company (Map). Chicago Rapid Transit Company. 1926. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chicago Transit Map (Map). Chicago Transit Authority. 1954. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Chicago Map Showing Rapid Transit Lines (Map). Chicago Rapid Transit Company. 1933. Retrieved August 18, 2013.