Special Publications

Shore Line produces special publications through its Dispatch Series.

Publications in the Dispatch Series are topics that are too large for an article, but not necessarily large enough to be a book. Dispatch Series publications will appear at irregular intervals; however, our intention is to issue one bi-annually if resources are available to Shore Line.

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Available July 2016

Dispatch Number Seven is 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.

A Transportation Miracle, available in July 2016, tells this incredible story. Topics include background information, day-by-day details, the role that the rail lines played, and information on Cardinal Mundelein, who envisioned this Eucharistic Congress. Streetcars provided 15 million passenger trips. Interurbans, rapid transit and suburban trains carried people throughout Chicago. Five railroads combined to provide more than 300,000 passenger trips for the closing ceremonies — a triumph of logistics and coordination! During Chicago’s first 100 years, this Eucharistic Congress and the World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933-34 established Chicago as an international city.

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 Seven will be offered in both a softbound (perfect bound) and a hardbound version. You can certainly order one of each version for your library collection.

Dispatch Number Seven (softbound version) is available from Shore Line for $25. Add $7 for postage to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination. Shore Line members pay only $17 postpaid for a softbound version for orders placed before May 31, 2016. After May 31, Shore Line members pay only $15 for a softbound version plus $7 postage to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination. A limited edition hardbound version of Dispatch Number Seven also is available for $50 plus $8 shipping to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination.

Not a Shore Line member? Join today and receive discounted member pricing on Dispatch publications as well as all four issues of our premier quarterly publication First & Fastest for the calendar year in which you join.

  Dispatch Seven, A Transportation Miracle  
  Shore Line is scheduled to publish Dispatch Number Seven, A Transportation Miracle, in July 2016. The publication contains six original pieces of artwork by acclaimed railroad artist Mitch Markovitz.
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Dispatch No. 6 is 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 was published in December 2015.

Available December 2015
This is the perfect gift for family and friends as it is as much a history of Chicago itself as it is of Chicago’s street railway system.

CSL was the world's largest street railway
In 1931, the five largest Chicago Surface Lines routes, in terms of originating revenue passengers, were Ashland, Clark-Wentworth, Halsted, Madison and Milwaukee. The combined riding on these routes was greater than the total riding in many medium-sized American cities. CSL also had some very small routes in terms of ridership and they demonstrate the diversity of CSL’s operations.

George Kanary vividly relives the sights, sounds and aroma of the countless neighborhoods that the Halsted cars traversed from the north to the far southwest side including passing by Chicago’s famous Stock Yards. George rode this line from end-to-end many times as a kid and as an adult for the thrill of a ride on a CSL streetcar soaking in the neighborhood scenes.

Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 Others explores in depth ten fascinating routes, the principal streetcar types used and a chronology of significant events from 1945 to 1958 with detailed text and over 110 thoroughly captioned photographs in 100 pages including then/now photo comparisons in black & white and color showing the changes in some of the neighborhoods where the cars ran.

Dispatch No. 6 is available from Shore Line for $19.95. Add $6 for postage to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination. Shore Line members pay only $12.95 plus $6 postage to a U.S., Canadian, or international destination.

  Dispatch 6, Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 Others cover  
  Shore Line published Dispatch No. 6, Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 Others, in December 2015.
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Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago "L’s” Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat. This 64-page publication was published in November 2014.

In the early 20th Century, overwhelmed with riders, managers of Chicago’s elevated railways were faced with two huge challenges, an insufficient car fleet and tremendous congestion on the Loop. Through routing of trains and terminals short of the Loop eased the congestion. Providing sufficient rolling stock resulted in ordering the famous fleet of 4000s, 250 of which were called “Baldies” due to their bare steel arched roofs. These Baldies were delivered during 1914 and 1915.

Now, 100 years after the delivery of the first cars, Bruce Moffat discusses in Dispatch 5 what was then a revolutionary car design with rolled steel components. Their 50-year service life testifies to the durability of these cars.

"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 complete review.

Dispatch No. 5 is available from Shore Line for $15.95. Shore Line members pay only $9.95. Add $3.00 for postage to a U.S. address, $6.00 for postage to Canada and $12.00 for other international destinations.

  Dispatch 5, The Chicago "L’s” Great Steel Fleet -The Baldies cover  
  Shore Line published Dispatch No. 5, The Chicago "L’s” Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies, in November 2014.
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Dispatch No. 4, published in late November 2012, is The Road of Service – Perspectives on the North Shore Line (formerly referred to by its working title "Perpetual Adoration"). This 100-page publication, edited by Norman Carlson, brings together a collection of diverse recollections by Shore Line members and people of different backgrounds who rode and/or lived along the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad. Collectively, it explains the influence the North Shore Line had on our lives and why, 50 years after its January 1963 abandonment, the railroad still fascinates many people.

The Road of Service includes an impressive collection of color photographs— most of which have not been previously published — an extensive then-and-now section of the railroad between Waukegan and Milwaukee comparing May 30, 1962 with May 30, 2012, the evening rush hour at Briergate, Ed Tobin’s recollections of the streetcar service in Waukegan, and the "Kenosha Kid," Mike Seiberlich, takes us back to hanging around the Kenosha station. Dispatch No. 4 also includes a dining car article by Dick George, as well as maps and the photos of the last day of operation, complete with the names of the crew members and the numbers of the cars on the trains.

The Road of Service is an excellent gift for those people who remember the railroad that Bill Middleton named the Standard Interurban Railroad of North America. Electroliners, Silverliners, standard cars, streetcars, on the "L," on the streets, flying down the Skokie Valley Route and a leisurely ride out to Mundelein, it is all in The Road of Service.

Dispatch No. 4 is available from Shore Line for $32.95. Shore Line members pay only $21.95. Add $6.00 for postage to a U.S. address, $6.00 for postage to Canada and $12.00 for other international destinations.

 
   
  Shore Line published Dispatch No. 4, The Road of Service – Perspectives on the North Shore Line, in late November 2012.
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Dispatch No. 3, published in 2008, is One Hundred Years of Enduring Tradition — South Shore Line by Norman Carlson, Stefan Loeb, and Dr. George M. Smerk. Very different from all other railroad publications, Dispatch No. 3 covers the history of the South Shore Line as told by the people who were involved since 1926. We reflect on the first 100 years of the South Shore Line.

  • Discover fascinating new information
  • Enjoy in-depth discussions of why "The Last Interurban" survived
  • Understand how a successful public-private partnership was created
  • Many previously unpublished photos
  • 84 pages in color and duotone
  • Cover illustration by Mitch Markovitz
  • A must addition to your library

Dispatch No. 3 is available from Shore Line for $29.95. Shore Line members pay only $19.95. Add $4.00 for postage to a U.S. address, $6.00 for postage to Canada and $20.00 for other international destinations.

   
  Shore Line continued its Dispatch Series with the publication of One Hundred Years of Enduring Tradition — South Shore Line.
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Dispatch No. 2, published in February 2011, is Competing Rails: The Milwaukee Road's Legacy in Evanston and Wilmette.

Learn all the details about early rail competition on Chicago's North Shore, steam vs. electricity, and connecting Evanston and Chicago by rail

Available February 2011

What is Competing Rails all about? John Evans, one of the founders of Northwestern University, desired rail competition. He did not want the Chicago & North Western to be the exclusive railroad in Evanston, Illinois. He obtained a horse-car franchise that ended up as a steam railroad commuter service, the Chicago Evanston & Lake Superior, a subsidiary of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, operating between Chicago Union Depot and Evanston. (In those days The Milwaukee Road was referred to as the “St. Paul.”) The St. Paul’s plans to expand beyond Evanston never materialized. Instead from the north came the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric, predecessor of the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee.

Read more about Competing Rails: The Milwaukee Road's Legacy in Evanston and Wilmette.

This is a complex story full of business, political and financial intrigue covering the early days of the railroads serving Evanston. A subsequent edition of the Dispatch series, Surviving Rails, will cover the rapid transit, interurban and suburban rail operations that have served Evanston and Wilmette over the past 100 years.

Dispatch No. 2, Competing Rails, is available from Shore Line for $29.95. Shore Line members pay only $19.95. Add $4.00 for postage to a U.S. address, $6.00 for postage to Canada and $20.00 for other international destinations.

 
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  Shore Line will publish Dispatch No. 2, Competing Rails, in February 2011.
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Dispatch No. 1, published in 2006, is Cooperation Moves the Public, by well-known traction railroad author Bruce Moffat. It tells the story of the integrated operations of the Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railroad and the Chicago Rapid Transit Company and later the Chicago Transit Authority over the Garfield Park Branch of Chicago's rapid transit system until September 19, 1953. Trains were operated seconds apart "on sight" as there were no signals and no radios. This was a very complex operation, best described as cars of wood operated by men of steel pursuant to a book of rules that included a rule stating that “no collision with another train will be excused.” This publication has received superior member acceptance and excellent reviews.

Cooperation Moves the Public is only available as an electronic download (PDF). Printed copies are no longer available. Shore Line members pay only $9.95. Non-members pay only $14.95.

 

How to Order by Check
If you prefer to order Dispatch series publications by check or money order, send a check or money order in U.S. funds along with the Dispatch publication number, your name and mailing address to Shore Line, P.O. Box 425, Lake Forest IL 60045-0425.
 
  Dispatch 1, Cooperation Moves the Public  
  Shore Line launched its new Dispatch Series in 2006 with the publication of Cooperation Moves the Public.
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