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Chicago West Pullman & Southern - Railroad

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Chicago West Pullman & Southern - Railroad
Company Name Chicago West Pullman & Southern
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1901
Final Year of Operation 1988
Termination Merged
Successor/Parent Chicago Rail Link (Details)
Country United States (Details)
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Chicago West Pullman & Southern - Railroad

Company History: The CWP&S (reporting marks CWP) was established in 1901 by the founder of International Harvester to move steel between a steel mill and his I-H plant. They merged the Calumet & South Eastern in 1909 and settled in to serve a 31 mile line between West Pullman and Irondale, Illinois. In 1983, they formed a parent company and began acquiring other shortlines and regionals. In 1988, they purchased the adjacent Chicago Rail Link and combined operations of the CRL and CWP&S under the Chicago Rail Link name.

Successor/Parent History:
CRL is a switching line linking Kensington, Blue Island, Mokena and Chicago, Illinois. The length of the route is about 30 miles, with 72 track miles. The company was born from the 1985 reorganization of the troubled LaSalle & Bureau County. In 1988, the Chicago Rail Link was purchased and merged by the Chicago West Pullman & Southern but the Chicago Rail Link name was the one that survived. In 1991 Chicago Rail Link became part of the OmniTRAX shortline group. Connections are with Belt Railway of Chicago, South Shore and Iowa Interstate.

Brief History:
The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles' Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2019-05-17 11:44:07. Last edited by gdm on 2019-08-21 06:21:46

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