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March 21, 2007



That Francis Bacon sure seems like a mighty smart guy. He's dead you know....


Belt Railway of Chicago

Reporting marks BRC
Locale Chicago and suburbs
Dates of operation 1882 – present
Track gauge 4 ft 8½ in (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters Chicago
The Belt Railway of Chicago (AAR reporting marks BRC), headquartered in Chicago, is the largest intermediate switching terminal railroad in the United States. It is co-owned by six Class I railroads — BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad — each of which uses the switching and interchange facilities of the BRC. As Chicago is the largest central hub of the railroad industry, rail cars seldom travel cross-country without passing through Chicago. Owner lines and other railroads bring their trains to the Belt Railway to be separated, classified, and re-blocked into new trains for departure. The BRC also provides rail terminal services to approximately 100 local manufacturing industries. The company employs about 520 people, including its own police force. Its president is currently Patrick J. O'Brien.

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