This line was once part of the Kankakee Belt Line, which was the Illinois Division of the New York Central. It acquired the name "Danville Secondary" while the line was under ownership of Conrail. This particular line ran from Gary, IN, south to Danville, IL; however, the line south of Schneider, where the line crossed Norfolk Southern (ex-Penn Central/NYC), down to Danville was abandoned in 1994. (Technically, the line is considered "Out of Service".) The abandoned portion of the line measures 76.2 miles.
Today, signs posted along the right-of-way indicate the track is owned by "Pennsylvania Lines, LLC", a former subsidiary of Norfolk Southern created to take control of its appropriated assets when Conrail was split between NS and CSX. Some grade crossings, though paved over, retain their crossbucks, and some have signs saying "Tracks Out of Service". While most of the tracks had been removed by 2006, there are some small stretches along the way that are still used to serve online industries. These segments are owned by Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway, Kankakee, Bearville & Southern Railroad, and the Bee Line Railroad, and are indicated on the map.
See also Danville to Farmer City.