Abandoned Rails of Addison

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The Addison Railroad Company was incorporated in 1890 and was constructed by 1892 to a connection with the Chicago, Madison and Northern Railroad. This 2-mile line was almost immediately consolidated into the CM&N, and later (ca. 1903) along with the rest of the CM&N into the Illinois Central Railroad. IC commuter trains operated between Addison and downtown Chicago for many years until service ended during the Great Depression.

The so-called Addison branch was then abandoned piecemeal; the last segment was not removed until 1989. Some part of the line probably survived until 1972 merger of the IC and the GM&O that created the ICG.

References:

  • http://www.tdf23.info/html/Railroads/AddisonRailroad.htm
  • http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-06-04/news/91021907141commuter-trains-addison-west-chicago
  • https://www.labellemodels.com/manuals/Illinois%20Central.pdf
  • http://www.american-rails.com/illinois-central.html

Thanks to Randy Bosma for contributing information about this route.

As you travel north on Addison rd from north ave you can still make out the grade on your left side and back in the 90's there were still pieces of rail embedded in the road and grass so I'm sure it's still there.

Sam
Villa Park, IL
7/15/2014

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Looking at old aerial pics the track ended after crossing Lake St and at the south end formed a triangle cutting accross what was not long ago, Dominicks\Kmart parking lot.

Also, ICG had a spur that ran through the North ave and Addison intersection. The got rid of it before this spur ( i recall) and i saw some cars parked on this abandoned track in the 80's (or was it 90...)- mybe they still needed the spur afterall.

Lee M.
Dallas Tx
8/3/2014

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That's really something Lee, there was a camp further west of Addison Illinois along or near what is now the cn tracks that my school would attend every summer (Little past Hampshire I think) and they had an abandoned siding with old cars and an early diesal locomotive with vegetation and rust growing all over them...wish I could find some old Polaroids that I were from those days.

Sam
Villa Park, IL
8/3/2014

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I used to live in Lombard and Villa Park. In the early to mid-70s there were still industries being switched along this line. The crew often left the engine sitting a little south of Fullerton Ave. while they had their lunch!

Dave
Southern IL, IL
10/2/2014

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That's something Dave! Wish somebody had some pics of anything pertaining to that line.

Sam
villa park, IL
10/2/2014

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I've got a Flickr album of photos I've taken in Addison of this line:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36106399@N04/sets/72157624310972741/

The first two pictures are of rails and ROW on the west side of Addison Road, north of North Ave.

Mike
La Grange Park, IL
1/21/2015

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Hey Mike, Very cool pics. Can you show Llanuza how you did those albums? lol

Paul Gronemeier
Albuquerque NM/Roselle IL
1/21/2015

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I remember this line did extend north of US 20, until about 1969. Rails still connected to the US 20 crossing until maybe 1973, or about. Track was later cutback about 1000 ft or so, from US 20. I remember IC RR cars at Materials/Lumber company in there about 1974.

Indiana
South Bend, IN
2/26/2015

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This track section has been sold per CN.

William Cavico
Chicago, IL
3/19/2015

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This spur crossed lake street and ended at green meadow drive. I lived across the street from Cumberland Gardens green house and I can still recall circa 1966 a steam engine unloading a car of coal for the back up steam boilers for heating the greenhouse. I am not sure but may recall being told the rail line went to wood dale......my memory is vague around that.

Roy K
Addison , IL
7/19/2015

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i know for sure this line ended at Green Meadow Drive north of Lake street. I can still remember the tracks crossing Lake Street as well as a stem engine circa 1966 delivering coal for Cumberland Gardens green house. My memory is vague but I recall being told that line went to wood dale. The old depot still stands at Lake and Addison rd

Roy K
Addison, IL
7/19/2015

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Looking back at 1950's arial pics @ North Ave there was actually a Y with tracks running accross the formerly Dominicks parking lot.

Lee M.
Lombard, IL
8/29/2015

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Here's a link I found that has a b&w pic of the frt depot in 1964. It's been well over 30+ years since I've been been in that area. But I remember in the late 60's and 70's the tracks being rusted. But from the comments here, I guess it wasn't abandoned.

http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-photo-gallery-addison-history-20130815/

Paul Gronemeier
Roselle/Albuquerque
8/29/2015

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