The Kankakee Belt is still in use in Indiana from the state line east to Schneider and then on to Wheatfield, Indiana.
At Schneider, it connects with the former NYC Egyptian line which ran from East Chicago to Cairo, Il. Coal trains run from Scheider east to Wheatfield to the large NIPSCO power plant. Estimated train frequency on the line is about 1 load per day.
At the junction with the Egyptian line, non coal trains make a north turn and run to East Chicago where the line joins the ex Conrail mainline, now NS. There are a pair of BNSF-NS trains which runs the line today....and I am not sure what else, other than coal for Wheatfield.
Now, station sheets from the 1990's indicate that Conrail ran 3-5 trains daily in each direction. There were the Conrail - Santa Fe trains, an Elkhart - Kankakee train, a local, plus a very regular unit steel train movement to Hennepin, Il. Add in a coal train, and the line was busy....and well maintained.
The line is dark, but very well ballasted with heavy welded rail. It could handle more traffic and someday might become a very busy line.
There is no intermodal on the line as I know for a couple of reasons. Very little intermodal is blocked to avoid Chicago...this has been discussed in previous threads. Second, the curve off of the line at Streator is pretty severe and has caused derailments of longer cars.
At one time the line continued onward to South Bend, passing thru North Judson, where it crossed the PRR's Panhandle line (Chicago - Logansport), Erie Lackawanna, and the C&O. Needless to say, that was a busy place. Today, not so busy, although the museum did run teh NKP765 this summer.