Normantown to Aurora

The Aurora Branch

Point of Interest

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Greg Harrison

This Elgin, Joliet and Eastern right-of-way was built as part of the railroad's mainline between Joliet and Aurora, Illinois in 1886. This portion of the line between Normantown and Aurora was downgraded to branch status when the EJ&E built their Western Subdivision from a point on this line at Normantown to Elgin, to the north.

Starting in 1976, the EJ&E began dismantling the line starting in Aurora and working their way southeastward to an active customer, a cement factory, at Wolfs Crossing Road. The rest of the line to Normantown was removed in 1985.

Today, the northern part of the line serves as the Virgil Gilman Nature Trail.

Thanks to Jacob Kreutzer for contributing information about this route.

this RR continued nw to Rockford Il.

I plotted the remainder @

I didnt plot from Dekalb NW because it is already posted this the site.

Lee M
Dallas, TX


That was the CM&G (Chiago, Milwaukee, & Gary) that had trackage rights on the EJ&E. after Aurora, they owned their own track. they just ran on the J for part of the way to save money.

Joe Schramek
Aurora, IL


hello, im jeff. ive been looking into the abandonded aurora branch for a couple years. unfortunatly, i can only find the same 3 pictures.if anyone can share any pictures or more history i would like to see it

jeff anderson
oswego, IL


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Do you have any pictures or information about The Aurora Branch? Please . You will get credit for anything you contribute.