Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
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Reporting mark



Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Evansville, Indiana and Southern Illinois

Dates of Operation



Split between Missouri Pacific Railroad and Louisville and Nashville Railroad

Track gauge

4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)



The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad (reporting mark CEI) was a Class I railroad that linked Chicago to southern IllinoisSt. Louis, and Evansville. Founded in 1877, it grew aggressively and stayed relatively strong throughout the Great Depressionand two World Wars before being purchased by the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP, or MoPac) and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N). MoPac merged the C&EI corporate entity in 1976 and was later acquired itself by the Union Pacific Railroad.

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