For over 100 years there has been a double main line of railway tracks running through Forest Park. The right-of-way is owned and operated by the CSX Railroad and runs along the south side of the Eisenhower Expressway. It then curves north to cross Des Plaines Avenue on a trestle and continues north into River Forest. Last week the CSX started removing one of the tracks that runs through Forest Park.
Amanda De Cesare, who manages CSX public projects from her office in Kentucky, confirmed the change. She then referred the review to Cindy Schild of CSX Public Affairs. Schild released the following statement: “CSX is removing a branch rail line in Forest Park, Illinois because it is a double mainline and we are converting it to a single mainline. Our records indicate that the track has existed since at minus the 1890s.”
When asked if this rail line could eventually be converted into a bike path, as part of the CSX Rails-to-Trails program, Schild replied, “It’s not a good candidate for conversion into a trail due to its proximity to active rail operations. . For employee and community safety, CSX can only consider converting rail tracks to trails if the property in question is not adjacent to rail operations.