Chicago Area Shortline Railroads

Belt Railway of Chicago

Reporting Marks: BRC


Incorportated: Nov. 22, 1882, open May 1, 1883, by leasing the Belt Division of Chicago & Western Indiana RR. On Nov. 11, 1912, by reorganization, extended ownership to other railroads. Acquired, Sept, 2, 1912, the Chicago Union Transfer Rwy. Acquired in 1933, the Burlington South Chicago Terminal Rwy. On Aug. 15, 1962, purchased all property that was being leased.

Right of Way

Map #1 from 1924 annual report.

Map #2 from 1938 annual report.

Clearing Yard

Hawthorn Junction



BRC #539
BRC #580
BRC #580
BRC #580

Maintenance of Way

BRC tank car
BRC #1962
BRC aligment unit
BRC jet snow clearance unit

Related Railroad Lines

Burlington South Chicago Terminal
Chicago Union Transfer

Additional Resources

BRC Official Web Site
Current Locomotive Roster

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