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A $pecial Offer for Chicago Surface Line Fans and Chicago Buffs

Bundle CSL3 ad for 3 Dispatch bundle about Chicago Surface LinesOur three Dispatches on Chicago Surface Lines – Dispatches 6, 8, and 9 – are a unique gift opportunity. They are of interest to anyone who is interested in the history of Chicago, especially the role of neighborhoods in daily life and the culture of Chicago. Shore Line has a special offer of a bundle of all three CSL dispatches for $50 postage included when mailed to a United States or Canadian postal address. This could be a wonderful solution for a gift that is both different and lasting.

Read more about our 3 CSL Dispatches (Dispatches 6, 8, and 9) and order the 3 CSL bundle on our Dispatch Series page.


Shore Line Dispatch No. 9 - Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods II

Dispatch 9 coverAvailable Now!

Shore Line is pleased to announce the publication of Dispatch No. 9, Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods II, edited by Richard F. Begley, with George E. Kanary and Walter R. Keevil. This 100-page publication includes 20 color pages, 149 photos (28 in color), and two maps (both in color), as well as detailed narratives of 26 streetcar routes.

Building upon the success of Dispatch 8, Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods, Dispatch 9 covers 26 streetcar lines in the 1945-1958 period. The Dispatch includes a section on Eight Distinctive Lines of Southeast Chicago (including "the Hegewisch line" and South Deering); coverage of Diagonal Lines in a Grid City (including Elston, Archer and Lincoln); as well as information on such routes as Kedzie, Cicero, 18th Street and Chicago Avenue. The routes used about 630 streetcars daily and carried 162 million originating revenue passengers in 1945. Dispatch 9 includes detailed narratives on each route and a wonderful article by George Kanary on his recollections of life on Division Street in Wicker Park.

Dispatch No. 9 is available from Shore Line for $20. Add $7 for postage to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination. Shore Line members pay $12 plus $7 postage to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination.

Read more about Dispatch 9 and order online from our Dispatch Series page.


Updated Through 2018! Download Our First & Fastest Master Index and Our Chicago Streetcar Photos Index

A master index to our First & Fastest quarterly magazine has been updated and is now available for issues from 1984 through 2018. Read more and download the index as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file ...

The complete index to Chicago streetcar photos which have appeared in First & Fastest also is available and includes all photos published from 1984 through 2018 as well as in Dispatches 6, 8 and 9. Read more and download the index as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file ...


Download Shore Line's 2019 Calendar

2019 Shore Line calendarShore Line's 2019 planning and scheduling calendar is now available as a free PDF download.

This year's cover photo was taken by Marshall W. Beecher.

Click to download the calendar.

 


Shore Line Dispatch No. 8 - Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods

Dispatch 8 coverNow Available!

Shore Line is pleased to announce the publication of Dispatch No. 8, Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods, edited by Richard F. Begley, with George E. Kanary and Walter R. Keevil. This 100-page publication, issued in August 2017, includes 132 photos (24 of them in color) and three color maps.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, with residents self-identifying as being from, for example, Hyde Park or Albany Park or Beverly or Uptown. The neighborhoods are where things happened: education, entertainment, shopping – the everyday things of life. The neighborhoods in the 1940s and 1950s were like villages where "everybody knew your name." The common denominator? The streetcars of the Chicago Surface Lines which, while serving the individual neighborhoods, also linked them to other neighborhoods, near and far.

Read more about Dispatch 8 and order online from our Special Publications page.


Shore Line Dispatch Number Seven –
A Transportation Miracle

Dispatch Number Seven, A Transportation MiracleAvailable Now!

Shore Line is pleased to announce the publication of Dispatch Number Seven, A Transportation Miracle, a 100-page publication covering the transportation side of the 28th International Eucharistic Congress that was held in Chicago on June 20-24, 1926.

There has never been anything like the 28th International Eucharistic Congress. Steam railroads from across the U.S. and Canada carried 600,000 people to Chicago, and more than 1 million people participated in the events.

Enhancing the value of this publication, acclaimed railroad artist Mitch Markovitz has created six original colorful pieces of artwork portraying the North Shore Line's "Cardinals' Special."

Unlike our usual publications that are staple bound, Dispatch Number Seven will be offered in both a softbound (perfect bound) and a limited edition hardbound version.

Read more about Dispatch Number Seven and order online from our Special Publications page.


Shore Line Dispatch No. 6 –
Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 Others

Dispatch 6, Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 OthersAvailable Now!

We are excited to announce the publication of Dispatch 6, Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 Others, by Richard F. Begley, George E. Kanary, and Walter R. Keevil.

This 100-page publication is a perfect gift for family and friends. It is as much a history of Chicago itself as it is of Chicago's street railway system.

Read more about Dispatch 6 and order online from our Special Publications page.

Dispatch 6 image

Madison looking east from Clinton in 1950.—Fielding Kunecke photo, W.R. Keevil Archive

 

In the News ...

Join Shore Line!
Our 2020 membership application is now available online. Join Shore Line today!

Read Our October 2019 Member Letter
Read our October 2019 letter to members that reviews the past year's activities and looks forward to plans for 2020.

Can You Solve This Illinois Central Crossword Puzzle?
Test your wits with the "Illinois Central Friends and Places" crossword puzzle, created by Richard R. Gill.

October Designated Chicago Railroad History Month
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proclaimed October to be Chicago Railroad History Month. Read the announcement and proclamation.

NICTD Releases Performance Report
Read NICTD's 2018 year-end ridership and performance report.

Metra Debuts Milwaukee Road Heritage Unit
Metra Milwaukee Road Heritage Unit Metra's Milwaukee Road Heritage unit entered revenue service on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Its first trip was on Train 2119, the 1:35 p.m. departure from Chicago Union Station to Grayslake. It returned to Chicago as Train 2142, departing Grayslake at 3:58 p.m.

Have You Seen These Videos?
Several video producers are posting videos that may be of interest to Shore Line members. Please see our new Videos page for more information.

Share Your Photos on Flickr
Shore Line has created a Flickr account for sharing photos of passenger trains past and present in the Chicago area. Visit the Flickr page to view posted photos, and join the group to share your own images or comments.

Shore Line Offers Online Ordering
You can now pay for memberships and order special publications securely online with a credit card.

 

 
 
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