Founder: John Mika
John worked for many years at the Chicago Tribune until his
untimely death in 2001. It was his unique idea to pull together
information and photos from various sources about Chicago's freight
railroad operations over city streets. His web site, called 'The
Lakewood Branch', focused mainly on a four block stretch of street
trackage on Lakewood Avenue on Chicago's North Side.
We've preserved John's site as it was at the time of his death
John was an avid and loyal Macintosh user, and he enjoyed
sharing his site with the Internet Community. John was a loyal Cubs
Lead Historian: Tom Burke
A life-long Chicago area resident, Tom began photographing and
documenting the rapidly disappearing Milwaukee Road and North
Western industrial lines around Chicago in the early 1980s. Tom
works in the computer business when not continuing to follow his
interest in trains. You can reach him at
Tom is responsible for the majority of photographs and articles
on this site.
He also has a site featuring Milwaukee Road's Southwestern Line.
Tom has a lifelong interest in trains in general, with a
specific interest in Chicago Area rail operations. His background
in web application development led him to redevelop John Mika's
original site in the Spring and Summer of 2002. He currently
resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is modeling Chicago's
Goose Island in n-scale.
Tom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about the history of
This site relies on information and photographs from a variety
of sources. Below is a list of individuals or organizations who
have contributed in some way to the Chicago Switching site. If you
have any questions, comments, or information to
- Tom Carpenter
- Bill Denton: Mr. Denton is best known for his
excellent n-scale model railroad depicting the Kingsbury Branch of
the Chicago and Evanston railroad. He provided us with some early
Milwaukee Road Engineering diagrams which are proving to be a
valuable research tool. He also has a web site athttp://home.comcast.net/~skytop35/Kingsbury/index.html
- Doug Kaniuk: Mr. Kaniuk has been photographing
Chicago railroad operations for over 35 years. He graciously
allowed us to post some of his rarer photographs.
- Mark Kolodny: New York resident Mark Kolodny
spent a third of his life in the great City of Chicago where he
began researching Chicago's railroads over 15 years ago. He has
provided a number of interesting and unique photographs.
- Joe Pierson
- Bob Storozuk
- The Milwaukee Road Historical Association: The
MRHA has been very helpful in gathering information and resources.
Please visit them on the web atwww.mrha.com and consider joining.
- The Chicago and Northwestern Histoical
Society: The CNWHS and Joe Piersen have been very helpful
and provided the engineering maps in the Research section. Please
visit them on the web at www.cnwhs.org and consider joining.