Enter the Classic Streamliners Bookstore.
NFLShop.com - NFL Jerseys and Gear

Classic Streamliners - TRAIN​CYCLOPEDIA

Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad

The Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad (CIW) was originally a single-track, standard-gauge, steam, switching railroad, located in northeastern Illinois. The main line extended southwesterly from a connection with the tracks of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Company at Western Avenue in the city of Chicago, to Gary, Indiana, 10.873 miles, with a branch line to Hawthorne, aggregating 12.027 miles of road. The main line formerly extended beyond Gary to Willow Springs, Illinois, but 1.723 miles, was temporarily removed. In addition, the carrier had trackage rights over 9.95 miles of the road of other carriers, and leases for exclusive use certain yard tracks.

The CIW was incorporated on February 26, 1903. The company was later absorbed into the Illinois Central (IC) and served industries in the southwestern Chicago area. The Cicero Central Railroad now provides switching for customers in the area.

Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad Overview

Dates of operation: 1903-1972
Length: 12.07 miles
Track Gauge: Standard gauge
Successor: Illinois Central (Canadian National)

See also:

Illinois Central

Railroads of the U.S.A.

IC logo
Historic Rail - Shop Now! Snake River Farms Wagyu Brisket Enter the World of Artisan Wines. Get your first 3 months at 50% off.

A Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad slideshow.

Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad 0-8-0 locomotive No. 802.

Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad 0-8-0 locomotive No. 802.
NFLShop.com - NFL Jerseys and Gear
Enter the Classic Streamliners Bookstore.
Shop for Trains and Railroad Collectibles on eBay
Shop for Railroad and Train Collectibles on eBay