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S. Shore railway to suspend service to finish work

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Associated Press

CHESTERTON, Ind. -- The South Shore commuter railway is suspending service between its Dune Park station in Chesterton and South Bend on Saturday so crews can finish work upgrading the overhead wires that power the trains.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District said in the spring that service would be disrupted on 11 weekends through September. But it announced Thursday that Saturday's disruption would be the final one.

The disruption is expected to last from 2:30 a.m. CDT Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

Trains between the Dune Park station and Chicago will run on normal weekend schedules.

The $18 million project was part of a three-year effort to upgrade wire that is brittle, with some of it dating back to the 1920s.