Inter-urban in Chicago
Thursday 14 May 2015
The latest in our continuing series of US-themed talks concerned a little-known aspect of American railroads, namely the inter-urban. This is, or in most cases was, a type of electric system that ran within and between cities and towns. Allan described one of the few survivors, namely the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad, which still runs along the shores of Lake Michigan. A successful freight operation is one reason why it still operates today, albeit with diesel traction instead of the original catenary electric. As it happens, the Colorado expedition in September will include an opportunity to ride the CSS&SBR, timetables permitting.