Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (NICTD)


Metra Electric - Kensington Interlocking

Kensington Interlocking is at the west end of the NICTD line. NICTD trains continue to downtown Chicago via the Metra Electric District. Metra has signals at both ends of the Kensington station platform controlling trains leaving the station. Signals at 14-21, 14-37 and 14-78 mark the outer limits of Kensington Interlocking.

Westbound (inbound) trains enter Kensington Interlocking on Track 2 then pass through signals at 14-37 and 14-21. Westbound NICTD trains passing the platforms at 115th St / Kensington enter Kensington Interlocking on Track 1 across the CN-IC diamonds then pass through signals at 14-51, 14-37 and 14-21. Eastbound (outbound) NICTD trains pass the platforms at 115th St / Kensington pass through signals at 14-21 and 14-51 and arrive on NICTD Track 1.

See the Kensington signal page for more details about the signals used to enter the interlocking (new signals shown at the right).

New signals in service January 2012
Kensington Interlocking

The main part of the interlocking is shaded in pink. The north part of the interlocking is shaded in blue.
Electrified tracks are highlighted in yellow.
Connection to NICTD South Shore Line
Located south of 115th St/Kensington
Westbound signals for Kensington Interlocking
(Controlled by Metra)
Eastbound signals are NICTD's
Connection Prior to Track Change
Westbound signals were controlled by Metra
Eastbound signal was NICTD CP 75.3 (signal on Track 1)

NICTD - CTC Signaling

Details available on separate pages for each section of the line. See the NICTD Signals page for the possible aspects and meaning of NICTD signals.
Kensington to Gary Gary to Michigan City Karwick Rd to South Bend

CP 75.3 - Kensington
Located south of 115th St/Kensington
Westbound signals are Metra's Kensington Interlocking
CP 73.8 - Ice House Crossover
Located between 124th St and 130th St
721-2 & 721-1722-1 & 722-2
Intermediate signal west of Torrence Ave
CP 70.5 - Hegewisch (Passenger Station)
CP for Gauntlet Station and NS Diamond
CP 70.0 - State Line/Burnham Yard (West)
CP just east of CP 70.5
CP 69.2 - State Line/Burnham Yard (East)
CP includes IHB Diamond (interchange via Burnham yard)
CP 68.5 - Hammond (Passenger Station)
CP for Gauntlet Station
671-2 & 671-1672-1 & 672-2
Intermediate signal north of 150th St (along I 80)
CP 66.3 - East Chicago (Passenger Station)
CP for Gauntlet Station (along I 80)
CP 64.9 - Parrish Crossover
Located at west end of Parrish Siding (along I 80)
629-2 & 629-1630-1 & 630-2
Intermediate signal east of Webster St (along I 80)
CP 61.5 - Clark Crossover
Located east of Clark Rd station (south of I 80)
597-2 & 597-1598-1 & 598-2
Intermediate signal at Grant St in Gary
CP 58.8 - Gary Metro Center (w/ Storage Siding)
Located east of Gary Metro station platform (along I 80)
More Signal Detail Available
CP 58.1 - Emerson (End Double Track)
Located west of Tennessee St (along US12 / US20)
CP 57.5 - EJ&E Crossing (Interlocking)
Located along US12 / US20 east of Alabama St
557558
Intermediate signal west of Clay St in Miller
CP 54.0 - Wagner Double Track
Located along US12 east of Miller
CP 51.5 - Pauls Crossover
Located along US12 west of Ogden Dunes
491-2 & 491-1492-1 & 492-2
Intermediate Signal west of Wilson Rd
CP 47.5 - Wilson Double Track
Located along US12 near IN149
CP 46.5 - Bailey (West) Freight Yard
Located behind businesses along US12
451452
Intermediate signal at Dune Acres
CP 43.7 - Dune Park (Passenger Station)
Located at west end of station platform
High platform under construction (2013)
CP 43.0 - Tremont (Freight Siding)
Located west of (closed) Tremont Rd
407408
Intermediate Signal west of Kemil Rd
CP 38.6 - Tamarack High Speed Siding (West)
Located west of Lake Shore Co Rd (500 E)
CP 37.9 - Tamarack High Speed Siding (East)
Located east of Lake Shore Co Rd (500 E)
CP 36.0 - Power
Located east of County Line Rd (US12)
CP 35.2 - Sheridan (High Speed Siding)
Located west of Sheridan Ave (end of 10th St)
CP 34.5 - Amtrak Crossing (Interlocking)
Located between 10th St and Chicago St
Controlled by Amtrak
CP 33.0 - School St
Located east of School St
Eastbound approaching Shops
CP 32.2 - Michigan City Shops
EB signal located west of Carroll Ave
WB signal located at the west end of the platform
Signals control the diamond
More Signal Detail Available
Signals control access between the yard and the main
EB signals are "wrong side" across from platform
WB signals at west end of yard
Michigan City Shops
Trains are held from entering Shops by the outer signals at CP 32.2. The approach to shops is controlled by CP signals at CP 33.0 (School St) and CP 31.3 (east of Karwick Rd).

The new interlocking features five powered switches allowing freight trains to enter the CSS Kingsbury line without manually throwing the switch on the main, as well as enter the yard.

Automation of the entrance to Shops was part of the Michigan City to South Bend Phase 3 Signaling Project (paid for by Tiger grant money).
Shops Yard
No signal at east end of Shops
The signal here was removed as part of the CTC upgrade
CP 31.3 (Karwick Rd)
Located between Karwick Rd and Royal Rd
Westbound approaching Shops
297296
Intermediate Signal west of Meer Rd
275276
Intermediate Signal east of 400 W
249250
Intermediate Signal 0.3mi east of SR 39
233234
Intermediate Signal 1/3mi east of Range Rd (Tee Lake)
207208
Intermediate Signal west of 300 E
CP 19.1 (Birchim West)
CP at west end of Birchim siding
CP 18.5 (Birchim East)
CP at east end of Birchim siding
165166
Intermediate Signal east of Emery Rd
145146
Intermediate Signal west of County Line Rd
121122
Intermediate Signal west of Walnut Rd
CP 10.3 (Olive West)
CP at west end of Olive siding
CP 9.8 (Olive East)
CP at east end of Olive siding
7978
Intermediate Signal west of Pear Rd
5958
Intermediate Signal east of Country Club Rd
4546
Intermediate Signal east of Pine Rd
  Absolute Signal (31)  CP 3.0 - Westbound
CP at Grandview Substation
Yard limits operation from signal to end of line
Adjacent yard lead is not part of CP

NICTD - Absolute Block Signaling

The final approach to South Bend is operated under yard rules and controlled by Absolute Block Signaling.
2122
Intermediate Signal near Bendix Dr and Westmoor
Line physically curves 90 degrees at this corner
(EB traffic leaves to and WB traffic arrives from north)
1310
Intermediate Signal near Bendix Dr and MP 1
Line physically curves 90 degrees at this corner
(EB traffic arrives from and WB traffic leaves to south)
Airport runaround shown is a manual siding
South Bend Airport Absolute Signal (4)  
Located (physically) east of two track station platform
Absolute signal for trains leaving "Westbound" to Chicago
(EB traffic arrives from and WB traffic leaves to east)

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