Learn more about
First & Fastest ...
About First & Fastest
Read Sample Articles
Connect With Us!
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.
Line Dispatch Number Seven –
A Transportation Miracle
Shore Line is pleased to announce the upcoming 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
Line Dispatch No. 6 –
Chicago Surface Lines: The Big
5 Routes and 5 Others
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
|Madison looking east from Clinton in
Kunecke photo, W.R. Keevil Archive|
Shore Line's 2016 Calendar
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.
to download the calendar.
Line Dispatch No. 5 – The Chicago "L's" Great Steel
Fleet - The Baldies
Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago
Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat. In the early
20th Century, managers of Chicagoís
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
Praise for The
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 ...
Upcoming Presentation: North Shore Line and Highwood
On September 1, 2016, Joe Stupar and Norm Krentel of the Illinois Railway Museum will present a program on the historic relationship of the North Shore Line and Highwood, Illinois. Read more ...
NICTD Releases Performance
Read NICTD's 2015 year-end ridership and performance report (revised).
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.
The 2016 membership
application is 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 ...
Share Your Photos on
Shore Line has created a Flickr account for sharing
photos of passenger trains past and present in the Chicago area.
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
Metra Board Approves Capital
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
Order New Book of Jack
Delano Photography, See "Railroaders" at the Chicago History
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
You can now pay for memberships
and order special publications securely online with a credit card.
Send Us Your Email Address
Want to find out about our new electronic publication? Send us your email address.