Illinois Central Railroad (pre-1972)

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The Illinois Central Railroad was one of the major freight and passenger railroads in the central U.S. until 1972, and is now part of CN (as an operating subsidiary). Lines formerly operated by it or a subsidiary before the 1972 merger with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad should be tagged old_railway_operator=IC in addition to railway=rail (if still in use) or railway=abandoned.

See a list of lines from 1916.

Below is a list (roughly complete) of ex-IC lines, with mapping status.

IC proper

Name From To Status Notes
Chicago District Chicago Champaign
South Chicago Branch 67th Street (Chicago) South Chicago
Blue Island Branch Blue Island Junction Blue Island
Champaign District Champaign Branch Junction (Centralia)
Gilman Line Gilman Clinton
Bloomington District Otto Normal Junction (Bloomington?)
Tracy District Buckingham Tracy
Pontiac District Saxony Minonk Junction
Peoria District Pekin Mattoon jointly owned from Decatur Junction to Hervey City
Mattoon District Mattoon Evansville
New Harmony Branch Stewartsville New Harmony
Effingham District Effingham Palestine
Indianapolis District Palestine Indianapolis
Havana District Champaign Havana
Decatur District White Heath Decatur
Rantoul District LeRoy West Lebanon
Springfield District Clinton Bridge Junction (East St. Louis)
Clinton District Clinton Branch Junction (Centralia)
Amboy District Freeport Clinton
Freeport District Chicago Freeport
Addison Line South Addison Addison
Madison District Freeport Madison
Dodgeville District Red Oak Dodgeville
Dubuque District Freeport Waterloo
Albert Lea District Cedar Falls Glenville
Cedar Rapids District Manchester Cedar Rapids
Stacyville Branch Stacyville Junction Stacyville
Onawa District Cherokee Onawa
Sioux Falls District Cherokee Sioux Falls
Cherokee District Tara Sioux City
Waterloo District Waterloo Fort Dodge
Omaha District Fort Dodge Omaha
Centralia District Branch Junction (Centralia) Cairo
St. Louis District East St. Louis Texas Junction (Carbondale?)
Carbondale District Carbondale Brookport
Eldorado District Pinckneyville Eldorado
Carondelet District East Carondelet Belleville
Murphysboro District Texas Junction Mounds Junction trackage rights from Thebes to Olive Branch
Johnston City Branch Johnston City Carbondale
Golconda Branch Reevesville Golconda
Christopher Branch Christopher Herrin
Sand Ridge Branch Matthews Junction (Groves?) Sand Ridge
Louisville District Louisville Central City
Paducah District Central City East Cairo
Hodgenville and Elizabethtown Railroad Cecelia Hodgenville
Owensboro District Owensboro Horse Branch
Evansville District Henderson Hopkinsville leased from L&N between Princeton and Gracey
Uniontown Branch Morganfield Uniontown
Dixon Branch Blackford Dixon
Providence Branch Wheatcroft Providence
Water Valley District Water Valley Canton
Grenada District Memphis Junction (Grenada) Memphis
Aberdeen District Aberdeen Junction Aberdeen
Jackson District Jackson Water Valley
Winfield District Winfield Brilliant
Canton District Canton McComb
McComb District McComb New Orleans
Cairo District Cairo Jackson
Fulton District Paducah Memphis
Dyersburg Branch Dyersburg Tigertail
Troy Branch Moffat Troy
Memphis and State Line Railroad Woodstock East Junction
Birmingham District Frogmoor (Jackson) Birmingham trackage rights from Perry to Ruslor and Haleyville to Birmingham
Parkway Forest Park
McClure East Cape Girardeau
Wilson Junction Brush Junction
Mounds Mound City
Louisville Short Route
Paducah incline
Stevens Junction Mengelwood
East Thomas Junction North Birmingham
Brookhaven Monticello
Fredonia Reeds Junction
Bloomington stone quarries
Kensington IL-IN line mostly leased to CSS&SB
East St. Louis Belleville
Brookhaven gravel pit
Gulfport Jackson G&SI
Maxie Mendenhall G&SI
Saratoga Laurel G&SI
CM&G Junction (Dyersburg) Hickman
Batesville Crowder


Name From To Status Notes
Clarksdale District Memphis Cleveland
Lake Cormorant District Lake Cormorant Tutwiler
Helena District Helena Eagle's Nest
Tallahatchie District Clarksdale Gwin
Roundaway District Mattson Lombardy
Greenwood District Greenwood Junction Grenada
Sunflower District Tutwiler Yazoo Junction (Yazoo City)
Minter City Branch Black Bayou Junction Sislof
Tchula District Tchula Junction Durant
Swan Lake District Lambert Swan Lake
Blue Lake District Parchman Webb
Charleston District Philipp Charleston
Vicksburg District Vicksburg Wilson
Wilson District Wilson New Orleans
Natchez District Jackson Natchez
Clinton District Ethel Clinton
Woodville District Slaughter Woodville
Baton Rouge District Baton Rouge Covington
Cleveland District Cleveland Vicksburg
Riverside District Coahoma Riverside Junction (Rolling Fork)
Leyland District Moores Yerger
Silver Creek District Silver City Kelso
Kimball Lake District Rosedale Dockery
Helm and Northwestern Line Helm Jacobs
Yazoo District Asylum (Jackson) Gwin
Hampton Glen Allen
Timberton Timberton Junction
Memphis Bluff City Belt
Vicksburg Meridian A&V
Delta Point Shreveport VS&P
Shreveport Wascom VS&P; leased to MKT