Dispatch No. 1, Cooperation Moves the Public
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 being reprinted in Spring 2021 and is available for purchase (see information above to order). Cooperation Moves the Public is also available as an electronic download (PDF). Shore Line members pay only $5.00. Non-members pay only $10.00.