Milwaukee District/North Line

Milwaukee District/North Line

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Milwaukee District/North Line

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The Milwaukee District/North (MD-N) is a commuter rail line provided and operated by Metra in Chicago, Illinois, and its surrounding suburbs. While Metra does not specifically refer to any of its lines by a particular color, the timetable accents for the Milwaukee District North line are printed in pale "Hiawatha Orange," honoring the Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha passenger trains.

Its southern terminus is Union Station in downtown Chicago. The line traverses Chicago's western neighborhoods and its northwestern and far northern suburbs to Fox Lake, Illinois. This line was originally owned and operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). With the demise of the Milwaukee Road, ownership eventually passed to Metra. Today this service is one of several Metra routes operated by crews employed by Metra. However, trains are dispatched, under contract, by the Canadian Pacific Railway which runs freight service over parts this of this route.

The Milwaukee District/North Line route and Metra's track ownership, diverges from the Chicago - Milwaukee - Minneapolis mainline at Rondout, Illinois and proceeds in a northwesterly direction towards its terminus at Fox Lake. This secondary route, owned by Metra, was known as the Janesville, Subdivision (J-Sub) of the Milwaukee Road. The mainline, north of Rondout, is owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). The mainline hosts intercity passenger trains operated by Amtrak...
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