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Many years ago before WW2 the trains actually ran all the way through Cudahy and South Milwaukee on tha Streetcar tracks. When buses replaced streetcars the Rapid Transit as it was called, was moved to its own right a way just east of the Airport and south of South Milwaukee it turned east and ran parallel to the Chicago and Northwestern RR. The whole line was abandoned about 1948. There was also a Lakeside Belt Line from Lakesde Power Plant that connected to Powerton on the Milwaukee Road about 9 th street in the Town of Lake and rann about 8 miles west to connect to the Hales Corners lne that went to East Troy. The belt line was finally removed about 1954, when Lakeside Power plant was destroyed. There had been no traffic west of Powerton after the Hales Corners line was removed.
Now Powerton is known by the street name of Waterford Ave.
looking at the abandoned tracks at about 19 and Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee; the tracks run north from Oklahoma and cross the Rooth River park The tracks are just west of a trucking company and an MPS land parcel.
Any idea who owns the abandoned tracks?
Gregorio Montoto: That spur was known as "The Green Line" and was owned by the Chicago & Northwestern (which was bought by UP in 1995). It ceased operating after the 2008 economic crash. For years the only industry was the recycling plant just south of Morgan Ave. They'd get 8 or more empty boxcars for loading with (I think)cardboard for recycling. I think the cardboard ultimately went to China! When demand dropped off in '08 the plant suddenly closed. The UP railroad had recently completed an expensive new grade crossing at Morgan Ave. and relaid the line with continuous welded rail. A dedicated switching run,"The Green Line Job", would run at around 9-10 PM at least five nights a week from nearby Mitchell Yard. When the plant closed the job stopped, Mitchell Yard closed soon after (now it's just used for interchange and car storage). Mitchell yard is under the 35th St. bridge near Jackson Park.