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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.

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 December 2015!

We are excited to announce the upcoming 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 holiday gift for family and friends. It is as much a history of Chicago itself as it is of ChicagoĆ­s street railway system.

A special discount is available to all Shore Line members who order before November 30, 2015. Members, please check your mail for a letter with more details.

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

Download Shore Line's 2016 Calendar

2016 Shore Line calendarShore Line has released its new 2016 planning and scheduling calendar as a free PDF download.

This year's cover photo was taken by Nikki Burgess.

Click to download the calendar.


Dispatch 5, The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The BaldiesShore Line Dispatch No. 5 – The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies
Available Now!

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.

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 ...

Read Our October 2015 Member Letter
Read our October 2015 letter to members that summarizes the past year and explains what will be coming up in 2016.

Join Shore Line!
The 2016 and 2015 membership applications are now available online. Join Shore Line today!

World Trade Center PATH Subway Car Arrives August 6 at Shore Line Trolley Museum
The Shore Line Trolley Museum has reached an agreement with The Port Authority to receive PATH Car 745, which survived the 9/11 attack. Read more ...

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 ...

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.

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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