Last run made on Chicago's Lakewood Branch

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CHICAGO - On Feb.1, the former Milwaukee Road Lakewood Branch in Chicago saw its last run after 122 years of operation. The branch on featured a four-block stretch, from Fullerton Avenue to Diversey Parkway, that had some of the last remaining street running in the city. The half-mile section of track served a single customer, Peerless Candy Company, which will shut down on April 1. The trackage, in the heart of the Lincoln Park/Lakeview neighborhoods north of the downtown Loop, is nearly all that remains from the extensive Chicago & Evanston Railroad that ran from downtown Chicago north to Evanston, Ill., and was eventually acquired by the Milwaukee Road. Canadian Pacific subsidiary Soo Line purchased the Milwaukee Road in 1985 and ran the branch until Dec. 28, 2006. The next day the new Chicago Terminal Railroad, a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings, took over and ran the branch until the end. Chicago Terminal continues to serve the Bloomingdale and Deering Lines in the same area. For a profile of the affected line see the November 2006 issue of TRAINS Magazine, pages 76-77.
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