Chicago Surface Lines

Reporting mark: CSL
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Operated from 1913, when it was formed by the Unification Ordinance of 1913, to 1947 when it was merged into the CTA.

Four companies formed the CSL:

Chicago Railways Company

Chicago City Railway

Calumet & South Chicago Railway

Southern Street Railway

95th Street Bridge (Old) (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1902; Replaced 1958
Lost bascule truss bridge over Calumet River on 95th Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Cortland Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1901-02
Double-leaf bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on W. Cortland Street in Chicago
Open to traffic

CSL - Central Station Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1933; Removed 1974
Lost Steel stringer bridge over Illinois Central Railroad on Chicago Surface Lines
Removed

CWI - 51st Street Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over 51st Street on Chicago & Western Indiana
Open

Halsted Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1934; rehabilitated 1988
Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Halsted Street in Chicago
Open to traffic

Halsted Street Lift Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1894
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Halsted Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Halsted Street Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Replaced 1971
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on Halsted Street
Replaced by a new bridge

IC - 134th Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Lost Bridge over 134th Street on Illinois Central RR
Removed but not replaced

Indiana Avenue Bridge (Old) (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1914; Replaced 1977
Lost Double-intersection Warren through truss bridge over Little Calumet River on Indiana Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Lake Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1916
Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Lake Street and CTA Green/Pink Lines in Chicago
Open to traffic

Lake Street Swing Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1886, replaced 1916
Lost Through truss bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Lake Street, Lake Street Elevated Railway
Replaced by a new bridge

Madison Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1922; rehabilitated 1994
Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on Madison Street in Chicago
Open to traffic

Metra - Cermak Road Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel rigid frame bridge over Cermak Road on Metra
Open to traffic

Milwaukee Avenue Viaduct (Cook County, Illinois)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on Milwaukee Avenue
Removed

Monroe Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1919
Bascule bridge over South Branch Chicago River on W. Monroe Street in Chicago
Open to traffic

North Halsted Street Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1955
Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River on Halsted Street in Chicago
Open to traffic

North Halsted Street Bridge (Old) (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1909
Bascule bridge over North Branch Chicago River Canal on N. Halsted Street in Chicago
Demolished and replaced

NS - 59th Street Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Pony/through plate girder bridge over 59th Street on Norfolk Southern Railway
Open to traffic

UP - South Western Avenue Overpass (Cook County, Illinois)
Steel stringer bridge over South Western Avenue on Union Pacific Railroad
Open to traffic