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Re: [CBQ] CB&Q/MILW Xing in Aurora, IL

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] CB&Q/MILW Xing in Aurora, IL
From: "Scott Stearns scott_b_stearns@xxxxxxxxxxx [CBQ]" <CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:09:24 -0500

And to think - I can't count the times I rode my bike on the Nature Trail and never knew the history under my wheels!  Thanks Steve. 

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On Jul 3, 2014, at 9:54 PM, "STEVEN HOLDING sholding@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [CBQ]" <CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


The Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota Railway built the line from Rockford south to Camp Grant(now the Rockford Airport)Kirkland(Milw Rd interchange)DeKalb and entered Aurora on the leg of the Nature Trail that runs west from Aurora via the Park on Galena Rd.  Once you get out by the Forest Preserve North of Sugar Grove it is easy to confuse with the ROW of the Chicago Aurora and DeKalb.
It became the Chicago Milwaukee and Gary Railway in 1908 which was leased to the Milw Rd. in 1922.  There was a small yard along the north side of the C&I west of the crossing for the branch up the west side of the river to Batavia.
Train sheet in the collection
Steve in SC

On Thursday, July 3, 2014 3:13 PM, "Scott Stearns scott_b_stearns@xxxxxxxxxxx [CBQ]" <CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

We were looking at a 1948 railroad atlas this past weekend and were also wondering about the Milwaukee running into Aurora - from DeKalb.  Do you know the route it took between DeKalb and Aurora and where it entered Aurora coming from the northwest? 
Scott Stearns
Zumbrota, MN

To: CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From: CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:52:56 -0500
Subject: Re: [CBQ] CB&Q/MILW Xing in Aurora, IL

The old CMG/Milw/Q xing on the Q west Batavia line was in place into the mid 70s as the J operated a local to serve Weyerhaeuser that was just west of the diamond. During these years the xing was protected both ways by stop boards,no smash boards.

In the mid to,later 70s the BN/J made a deal and the Irish Mail began serving Weyerhaeuser by going over on the J wye and the former CMG main. Later a new connection was put in the NW quadrant and the xing and the entire J Aurora branch removed.

I'm not 100% sure but I seem to recall there is a photo of the xing in the upcoming IRISH Mail article of the BRHS.

Leo Phillipp

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On Jul 3, 2014, at 5:23 AM, "shapotkin.william@xxxxxxxxx [CBQ]" <CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


Until circa 1947-48, an xing existed of the CB&Q Aurora-Batavia Branch (along the west side of the Fox River) and the MILW (CM&G) in Aurora, IL. Does anyone have an information on this xing? Assume it was NOT protected by a tower -- probably moveable smashboards. Am looking for any information (and even better, photos) of this xing.

William Shapotkin

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