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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.

Download Shore Line's 2017 Calendar

2017 Shore Line calendarShore Line's 2017 planning and scheduling calendar is now available as a free PDF download.

This year's cover photo was taken by Stefan Loeb.

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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.

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

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 ...

NICTD Releases Performance Report
Read NICTD's 2016 year-end ridership and performance report.

Hoosier Traction Meet Scheduled for September 8-9 in Indianapolis
Register for the 34th Hoosier Traction Meet, an annual educational conference recognizing mass transportation, especially electrically powered rail-based systems.

Metra Releases 2016 Year-End Review
Read Metra's 2016 year in review, including the busiest day in its history following the Chicago Cubs' World Series victory.

Read Our October 2016 Member Letter
Read our October 2016 letter to members that reviews the highlights of the past year and what is coming up in 2017.

Join Shore Line!
The 2017 membership application is now available online. Join Shore Line today!

World Trade Center PATH Subway Car Arrives 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 ...

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
The Center for Railroad Photography and Art has published a 200-page book "Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography" as a companion to a recent exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.

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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