Metra hopes normal service restored by Monday

February 3, 2012 6:59:34 PM PST
A freight train derailment on Chicago's West Side is expected to affect Metra Milwaukee District West and North Central lines through the weekend.

The train derailed shortly before 9 a.m. at Grand and Cicero avenues. Workmen were working Friday afternoon to remove the cars from the rails.

Metra trains are able to use one of three tracks in that area. The lines are moving, but there are delays and cancellations affecting the Milwaukee West Line, which serves the northwest suburbs, and the North Central Service, which serves the far northern suburbs. Metra urges passengers to go to its website for details at

"The lines are operating," said Michael Gillis, Metra spokesperson. "You probably should expect some delays, probably 10 to 20 minutes. Some trains are not running so you should check to see your train if it is affected."

Two trains were canceled: Milwaukee West Line train #2229, which normally leaves at 4:30 p.m. and #2241, which usually leaves at 5:27 p.m.

Nobody was injured and the train was not carrying any hazardous material. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Metra canceled two trains to ease congestion at the derailment site. They hope to have normal service restored by Monday morning's commute.