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We invite you to join the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society and explore First & Fastest, the premier quarterly publication on urban, suburban, interurban and regional intercity passenger service in what is now known as the Chicago Hub Network of Amtrak, and our special publications.

Dispatch 4, The Road of ServiceShore Line Dispatch No. 5 – The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies
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Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat. In the early 20th Century, managers of ChicagoĆ­s elevated railways ordered the famous fleet of 4000s, 250 of which were called "Baldies" due to their bare steel arched roofs. Now, 100 years after the delivery of the first cars, Bruce Moffat discusses what was then a revolutionary car design. Click to learn more and order online …

"This is a fantastic book" – Praise for The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies: Dispatch No. 5 recently received enthusiastic praise from a Chicago blogger who posted an unsolicited review. He said, "I have to honestly say that this is a fantastic book. It is a must have for any Chicago elevated fan. ... For the amount of information contained within, this is the bargain of the year. Bruce (Moffat) again shows why he is the preeminent expert on all things Chicago transit related." Read the rest of the review.

Download Shore Line's 2015 Calendar

2015 Shore Line calendarShore Line's new 2015 planning and scheduling calendar is now available as a free PDF download. The calendar cover photo was taken on September 12, 2013, at 7:41 p.m. looking toward downtown Chicago from Metra Junction Tower A-2, near the Western Avenue stop on the Milwaukee District North Line. Photographer Mark Llanuza captured the vivid color of the stormy sky, lit up by heat lightning over Lake Michigan. This day also was notable for the rare sighting of two tornado-like waterspouts, which formed in the afternoon over Lake Michigan near Kenosha, Wisconsin. Click to download the calendar.

Chicago Streetcar Photos Index Added to Shore Line Website

A complete index to Chicago streetcar photos which have appeared in First & Fastest between 1984 and 2013 has been added to this website. Read more and download the free Excel file ...


In the News ...

NICTD Releases Performance Report
Read NICTD's 2014 year-end performance report.

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.

Remaining CTA 2400s No Longer in Revenue Service
CTA is marking another milestone in the modernization of its rapid transit fleet. Read more ...

Metra Board Approves Capital Plan
On October 9, 2014, the Metra Board of Directors approved the first long-term capital plan in the 30-year history of Metra to be included in the 2015 budget. The budget will be approved at the November board of directors meeting. Included in the plan is a $2.1 billion diesel-hauled passenger car and locomotive modernization program. Read more ...

Read Our October 2014 Member Letter
Read our October 2014 letter to members that recaps the past year and highlights what will be coming up in 2015.

Order New Book of Jack Delano Photography, See "Railroaders" at the Chicago History Museum
The Center for Railroad Photography and Art has published a new 200-page book "Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography" as a companion to an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. The Chicago History Museum has extended the "Railroaders" exhibit until August 2016.

Join Shore Line!
The 2015 membership application is now available online. Join Shore Line today!

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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