Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Illinois Train Accidents

Train accidents occur far more frequently in Illinois than in other states.  This is undoubtedly due to the sheer quantity of rail lines in Illinois.

Illinois has well over 7,000 miles of railway lines in Illinois--Illinois ranks second in the nation behind Texas.

If you've ever been caught behind a freight train while driving a car, here's an interesting statistic: Illinois railways move over 500 Tons (nearly 1 trillion pounds) of freight every year.  More than any state in the U.S.

There are over 50 railroad companies operating throughout Illinois including but not limited to:

Common Freight Carriers

  • Alton and Southern Railway (ALS)

  • Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC)

  • Bloomer Shippers Connecting Railroad (BLOL)

  • BNSF Railway (BNSF)

  • Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY) also operates City of Rochelle Railroad (CIR)

  • Canadian National Railway (CN) through subsidiaries Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad (CC), Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway (EJE), Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTW), Illinois Central Railroad (IC), and Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)

  • Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) through subsidiaries Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (DME) and Soo Line Railroad (SOO)

  • Central Illinois Railroad (CIRY)

  • Chicago–Chemung Railroad (CCUO)

  • Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad (CFE)

  • Chicago Port Railroad (CPC)

  • Chicago Rail Link (CRL)

  • Chicago SouthShore and South Bend Railroad (CSS)

  • Chicago Terminal Railroad (CTM)

  • Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad (COER)

  • Coffeen and Western Railroad (CAEG)

  • CSX Transportation (CSXT) including subsidiary Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad (BOCT)

  • Decatur Junction Railway (DT)

  • Eastern Illinois Railroad (EIRC)

  • Effingham Railroad (EFRR)

  • Evansville Western Railway (EVWR)

  • Illinois Railway (IR)

  • Illinois and Midland Railroad (IMRR)

  • Illinois Western Railroad (ILW)

  • Indiana Rail Road (INRD)

  • Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHB)

  • Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) operates Lincoln and Southern Railroad

  • Joppa and Eastern Railroad (JE)

  • Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad (KBSR)

  • Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) including subsidiary Gateway Eastern Railway (GWWE)

  • Keokuk Junction Railway (KJRY)

  • Manufacturers Railway (MRS)

  • Manufacturers' Junction Railway (MJ)

  • Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)

  • Pioneer Industrial Railway (PRY)

  • Riverport Railroad (RVPR)

  • Shawnee Terminal Railway (STR)

  • South Chicago and Indiana Harbor Railway (SCIH)

  • Tazewell and Peoria Railroad (TZPR) operates Peoria and Pekin Union Railway (PPU)

  • Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA)

  • Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway (TPW)

  • Union Pacific Railroad (UP) including subsidiary Southern Illinois and Missouri Bridge Company

  • Vandalia Railroad (VRRC)

  • Vermilion Valley Railroad (VVRR) operates FNG Logistics Company (FNG)

  • Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR)

Private freight carriers

  • Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY)

  • Calumet Transload and Railroad

  • C&C Railroad

  • Chicago Heights Switching operates Bulkmatic Railroad (BTCZ)

  • DOT Rail Service

  • Kaskaskia Regional Port District (KKRX)

  • Mokena Illinois Railroad

  • North American Industrial Railway

  • Peoria, Peoria Heights and Western Railroad

  • Respondek Railroad (RRC)

Passenger carriers

  • Amtrak (AMTK)

  • Chicago Transit Authority

  • Fox River Trolley Museum (Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric)

  • Illinois Railway Museum

  • Metra

  • MetroLink

  • Monticello Railway Museum

  • Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad

  • South Shore Line

Illinois has over 10,883 public highway rail crossings, of these 8,131 are on street level and 2,752 are separated by roads by a bridge.

These statistics can be found at http://www.icc.illinois.gov/railroad/

At The Law Offices of Adam J. Zayed, P.C., we provide the highest level of legal advocacy.  In the unfortunate event of a train accident, it is necesscary to ensure that your rights are protected.  We ask that you strongly consider retaining the services of an attorney at The Law Offices of Adam J. Zayed, P.C. in the event of a train accident.

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