Railroads of the Illinois Central System Database

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*** I recently stumbled across Trains Magazine's IC predecessor map and noticed the many similarities between these pages and theirs.  Including that they made the same mistake that I did of calling the Chicago, Havana & Western the Champaign, Havana & Western - I have recently fixed that.  I became concerned that others might think I was stealing from Trains.  I could see why, if they weren't aware of the fact that Trains put out their map in 2007 and I started these pages in 2004.  Anyone doubting that can search the IC Yahoo group to see I have posts going back to before Trains came out with their map.  Thomas 11/23/2008 ***

    This page lists predecessor railroads of the Illinois Central System.  They are compiled into three lists.  They are listed alphabetically, by year admitted to the system, and by those that do not have their own entry.  Each entry will eventually have a short history, a map, when it was built, what happened to it, and dedicated links.   *** NOTE year listed refers to year acquired ***

By Name

Name

 Year  

 Addison Railroad

1892

 Alabama & Vicksburg Railway 1926
 Alabama Western Railroad 1908
 Baton Rouge, Hammond & Eastern Railroad 1908
 Benton Southern Railroad 1915
 Blue Island Railroad 1892
 Bonhomie, & Hattiesburg Southern 1972
 Cairo Bridge & Approaches 1889
 Canton, Aberdeen & Nashville Railroad 1884
 Cedar Falls & New Hartford Railroad 1904
 Cedar River Railroad 1996
 Cedar Rapids & Chicago Railroad 1888
 Central of Georgia Railway 1909
 Cherokee & Dakota Railroad 1888
 Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad 1897
 Chicago & Illinois Western Railroad 1924
 Chicago & Texas Railroad 1897
 Chicago, Central & Pacific Railway 1996
 Chicago, Havana & Western Railroad 1888
 Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad 1888
 Chicago, Memphis & Gulf Railroad 1913
 Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad 1882
 Christopher & Herrin Railroad 1903
 Clinton & Port Hudson Railroad 1892
 Columbus & Greenville Railroad 1972
 Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad 1867
 Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf Railroad 1972
 Fort Dodge & Omaha Railroad 1900
 Fredonia & Reeds Railroad 1915
 Gilman, Clinton & Springfield Railroad 1877
 Golconda Northern Railroad 1919
 Gulf & Ship Island Railroad 1925
 Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad 1972
 Herrin Northern 1915
 Hodgenville & Elizabethtown Railway 1897
 Illinois Central Railroad 1852
 Indianapolis Southern Railroad 1911
 Jackson & South Eastern Railroad 1908
 Kankakee & South Western Railroad 1878
 Kensington & Eastern Railroad 1909
 Kentucky Valley Railroad 1908
 Kentucky Western Railroad 1902
 Louisiana Midland Railway 1967
 Louisville, New Orleans & Texas Railway 1892
 Memphis & New Orleans Railroad 1892
 Memphis & State Line Railroad 1907
 Memphis & Vicksburg Railroad 1892
 Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez Railroad 1891
 Mississippi & Alabama Railroad 1908
 Mississippi & Tennessee Railroad 1889
 Mississippi Central Railroad 1967
 Mound City Railway 1896
 Natchez, Jackson & Columbus Railroad 1892
 New Orleans & Mississippi Valley Railroad 1892
 New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg & Memphis Railroad 1892
 New Orleans, St. Louis & Chicago Railroad 1882
 Ohio Valley Railway 1897
 Owensboro, Falls of Rough & Green River Railroad 1897
 Peabody Short Line 1960
 Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railway 1900
 Rantoul Railroad 1888
 Riverside & Harlem Railroad 1901
 South Chicago Railroad 1883
 Southern Illinois & Kentucky Railroad 1928
 SR Railway Transfer Co 1897
 St. Charles Air Line 1856
 St. Louis & Ohio River Railroad 1902
 St. Louis Southern Railroad 1895
 St. Louis, Alton & Terre Haute Railroad 1895
 St. Louis, Peoria & Northern Railroad 1900
 Tennessee Central Railway 1968
 Tennessee Southern Railroad 1892
 Tremont & Gulf Railway 1959
 Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific Railway 1926
 Waterloo Railroad 1968
 West & East Railroad 1882
 West Feliciana Railroad 1892
 Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad 1892
 Yazoo Delta Railway 1900

 

By Year
 Year 

 Name

1852

 Illinois Central Railroad
1856  St. Charles Air Line
1867  Dubuque & Sioux City Railroad
1877  Gilman, Clinton & Springfield Railroad
1878  Kankakee & South Western Railroad
1882  Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad
   New Orleans, St. Louis & Chicago Railroad
   The West & East Railroad
1883  The South Chicago Railroad
1884  Canton, Aberdeen & Nashville Railroad
1888  Chicago, Havana & Western Railroad
   Rantoul Railroad
   Cherokee & Dakota Railroad
   Cedar Rapids & Chicago Railroad
   Chicago, Madison & Northern Railroad
1889  Mississippi & Tennessee Railroad
   Cairo Bridge & Approaches
1891  Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez Railroad
1892  Addison Railroad
   Blue Island Railroad
   Tennessee Southern Railroad
   New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg & Memphis Railroad
   Memphis & Vicksburg Railroad
   New Orleans & Mississippi Valley Railroad
   Memphis & New Orleans Railroad
   Natchez, Jackson & Columbus Railroad
   The Clinton & Port Hudson Railroad
   Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad
   West Feliciana Railroad
   Louisville, New Orleans & Texas Railway
1895  St. Louis, Alton & Terre Haute Railroad
   The St. Louis Southern Railroad
1896  Mound City Railway
1897  Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad
   The Hodgenville & Elizabethtown Railway
   Owensboro, Falls of Rough & Green River Railroad
   SR Railway Transfer Co
   Ohio Valley Railway
   Chicago & Texas Railroad
1900  Yazoo Delta Railway
   St. Louis, Peoria & Northern Railroad
   Fort Dodge & Omaha Railroad
   Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railway
1901  Riverside & Harlem Railroad
1902  The Kentucky Western Railroad
   St. Louis & Ohio River Railroad
1903  Christopher & Herrin Railroad
1904  Cedar Falls & New Hartford Railroad
1907  Memphis & State Line Railroad
1908  Jackson & South Eastern Railroad
   Mississippi & Alabama Railroad
   Alabama Western Railroad
   Kentucky Valley Railroad
   Baton Rouge, Hammond & Eastern Railroad
1909  Kensington & Eastern Railroad
  Central of Georgia Railway
1911  Indianapolis Southern Railroad
1913  Chicago, Memphis & Gulf Railroad
1915  Fredonia & Reeds Railroad
   Benton Southern Railroad
   Herrin Northern
1919  Golconda Northern Railroad
1924  Chicago & Illinois Western Railroad
1925  Gulf & Ship Island Railroad
1926  The Alabama & Vicksburg Railway
   Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific Railway
1928  Southern Illinois & Kentucky Railroad
1959  Tremont & Gulf Railway
1960  Peabody Short Line
1967  Mississippi Central Railroad
   Louisiana Midland Railway
1968  Tennessee Central Railway
   Waterloo Railroad
1972  Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad
   Columbus & Greenville Railroad
   Bonhomie, & Hattiesburg Southern
   Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf Railroad
1996  Chicago, Central & Pacific Railway
 Cedar River Railroad

 

Railroads Without Their Own Entry

 Albert Lea & Southern Railroad
 Alton Railroad
 Belleville & Eldorado Railroad
 Belleville & Illinoistown Railroad
 Belleville & Southern Illinois Railroad
 Bloomington Southern Railroad
 Canadian National Railway
 Carbondale & Shawneetown Railroad Company
 Cedar Falls & Minnesota Railroad
 Cedar Valley Railroad
 Champaign, Havana & Western Railroad
 Chicago & Ohio River Railroad
 Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis
 Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad
 Chicago, Springfield & St. Louis Railroad
 Chicago, St. Louis & Paducah Railroad
 Cincinnati, Effingham & Quincy
 Decatur, Sullivan & Mattoon Railroad
 Dubuque & Pacific Railroad
 Dunleith & Dubuque Bridge Company
 E. St. Louis & Suburban Railway
 Freeport, Dodgeville & Northern Railroad
 Grayville & Mattoon Railroad
 Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad
 Havana, Mason City, Lincoln & Eastern
 Havana, Rantoul & Eastern Railroad
 Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western
 Indiana & Illinois Southern
 Iowa Falls & Sioux City Railroad
 Le Roy & Eastern
 Lebanon & Western
 Mississippi & Atlantic Railroad Company
 Mobile & Ohio Railroad
 Monticello Railroad Company
 North & South Railroad of Illinois
 Omaha Bridge & Terminal Railway
 Paducah & Illinois Railroad
 Pekin, Decatur & Lincoln Railway
 St. Louis & Belleville Electric Railway
 St. Louis & Chicago Railroad
 St. Louis & Eastern Railway
 St. Louis & Peoria Railroad Company
 St. Louis Central Railroad
 St. Louis Coal Railroad
 St. Louis Southern
 Springfield, Effingham & Southeastern
 Staceyville Railroad
 Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
 Union Pacific
 Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway
 Waterloo and Cedar Falls Rapid Transit Company
 Waterloo Railway
 Waterloo Street Railway
 Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Railway Company

 

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