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Addison Railroad

History

 

    Not to be confused with the Addison Railroad of Vermont and Rutland fame, this line was just west of Chicago.  In the late 1800's, Addison Illinois had a festival that attracted so many people that by 1890 it became apparent that Addison needed to be connected with the rest of the country's rail system.  A 2.13 mile branch was constructed from Addison to South Addison and a connection with the IC's Chicago, Madison and Northern line.

    While the entire line has been abandoned, much of the right-of-way just west of Addison Road is still clearly visible, especially from aerial views online.  And as of 2005 the depot at Addison still stood.

    Because it was so small, I decided to use a portion of one of the IC's condensed track profiles instead of my normal maps.  Note that some of the rail dates from 1887.  Which hints that the rail may have been left over from the building of the CM&N or from it and re-laid here at a later date..

Map

Built: 

 1890?

Admitted: 

 1892

Fate: 

 Abandoned

Dedicated Links:

 None Known

Source   Most of the data came from Carlton J. Corliss' 1950 book, Main Line of Mid-America

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