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The Lakewood Branch

Photo by Mike Chmielewski; used by permission of "The Milwaukee Railroader"

New Chicago Switching Website! (September 18,2002)

Call for articles (July 16,2002)

Info and update information (July 10,2002)

Street trackage locations & links from across the US (and beyond)! (August 3, 2000)

Can you help identify these Monon street running locations?(February 27, 2000)

A CP Rail switch job works the spurs inside a food warehouse on Morgan Street!(February 27, 2000)

See a street switch being de-iced at Big Bay Lumber!(February 27, 2000)

Watch the action on Chicago's North Branch Street, including photos of track rebuilding!(June 25, 1999)

Find out what happens when a freight car goes past "end of track"!(June 25, 1999)

Follow a UP train across a vintage drawbridge and down Carroll Avenue!(May 30, 1999)

See how street trackage was built on Kingsbury St in 1985!(May 30, 1999)

Visit the Blommer Chocolate Company and see hoppers unloaded on street tracks (May 4, 1999)

Discover Carroll Avenue, a hidden street running treasure in the heart of downtown Chicago (May 4, 1999)

Photos of a vintage GP7 in classic CNW green & yellow, still in service in 1999 (May 4, 1999)

All aboard! Catch the action as a train works its way "From Kingsbury to Peerless" (March 18, 1999)

Explore the northernmost reaches of the Lakewood Branch, circa 1985 (March 18, 1999)

More photos, including street track north of Diversey (February 20, 1999)

Classic photos and overview maps from "The Milwaukee Railroader" (January 18, 1999)

Ride along with the crew of "The Sugarland Express" (January 18, 1999)

Thumbnail index page (June 26, 1998)

Photos of Bill Denton's Kingsbury Branch Layout (June 5, 1998)

Lakewood Branch pictures with map of photo locations (May 29, 1998)

The Lakewood Branch on Chicago's north side features a four-block stretch from Fullerton to Diversey with some of the last remaining STREET RAILROAD TRACKAGE in the city. This half-mile section of track, serving a single customer, is nearly all that remains from the extensive Chicago & Evanston Railroad (C&E) line that ran from downtown Chicago north to Evanston, including street running to Addison Street (I can still recall seeing boxcars on a spur next to Wrigley Field!).

All content (except as noted) Copyright © 2000 J. Mika. All Rights Reserved.

Map Copyright © 1999 Vicinity Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Used by agreement for non-commercial use.

Questions? Please contact Thomas Mann.