INTERURBAN RAILWAYS OUTSIDE CHICAGO

Interurban Railway Map


CHICAGO AURORA & DE KALB RAILROAD CO.

Interurban line:
Aurora-De Kalb (electrified 1910)
Abandoned 1923


CHICAGO HARVARD & GENEVA LAKE RAILWAY CO.

Interurban line:
Harvard-Fontana (completed 1899)
Abandoned 1930


CHICAGO OTTAWA & PEORIA RAILWAY CO.
Incorporated in 1902 as Illinois Valley Traction Co., acquired 1904 by Illinois Valley Railway Co., acquired 1909 by Western Railways & Light Co. as subsidiary Chicago Ottawa & Peoria Railway Co. In 1913 became a subsidiary of Illinois Traction Co., which in 1924 formed subsidiary Illinois Power & Light Co. to operate the railways.

Interurban lines:
Joliet-Morris (constructed 1912, discontinued 1934)
Morris-Seneca (constructed 1909, discontinued 1934)
Seneca-Marseilles (constructed 1906, discontinued 1934)
Marseilles-Spring Valley (constructed 1902, discontinued 1934)
Spring Valley-Ladd (constructed 1902, discontinued 1924)
Spring Valley-Depue (constructed 1906, discontinued 1934)
Depue-Princeton (constructed 1906, discontinued 1929)
Ottawa-Streator (constructed 1908, discontinued 1929)

Local service: La Salle/Peru, Ottawa, Princeton


DE KALB SYCAMORE & INTERURBAN TRACTION CO.

Controlled after 1913 by Union Railway Gas & Electric Co.

Interurban line:
De Kalb-Sycamore (completed 1902)
Abandoned 1924


ELGIN & BELVIDERE ELECTRIC CO.

Interurban line:
Elgin-Belvidere (completed 1907)
Abandoned 1930


FOX & ILLINOIS UNION RAILWAY CO.

Interurban line:
Yorkville-Morris (completed 1911)
Abandoned 1931


JOLIET PLAINFIELD & AURORA RAILROAD CO.

Interurban line:
Joliet-Aurora (completed 1904)
Abandoned 1924

Replacement bus companies:
Joliet Plainfield & Aurora Transportation Co.
Joliet-Aurora Transit Lines (until around 1969)


JOLIET & EASTERN TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Joliet-Chicago Heights (completed 1909)
Abandoned 1923

Replacement bus companies:
Chicago Heights & Joliet Transportation Co. (after 1924)
Gold Star Line (until 1966)


KEWAUNEE & GALVA RAILWAY

Incorporated in 1902 as Galesburg & Kewaunee Railway, reorganized 1924 as Kewaunee & Galva Railway.

Interurban line:
Kewaunee-Galva (completed 1906)
Abandoned 1932


LEE COUNTY CENTRAL ELECTRIC RAILWAY

Incorporated in 1901 as Northern Illinois Electric Railway, reorganized 1914 as Lee County Central Electric Railway.

Interurban lines:
Lee Center-Amboy (constructed 1910, discontinued 1915)
Lee Center-Middlebury (constructed 1912, discontinued 1915)


ROCKFORD & INTERURBAN RAILWAY CO.
Incorporated in 1902, and over the next few years acquired various interurban and local street railway companies. The following interurban companies were acquired by Rockford & Interurban Railway Co., basically operating between their namesake cities.

Rockford & Belvidere Electric Railway Co.
Rockford Beloit & Janesville Railway Co.
Rockford & Freeport Railway Co.

Controlled 1911-1926 by Union Railway Gas & Electric Co.

Interurban lines:
Rockford-Belvidere (constructed 1902, discontinued 1930)
Rockford-Janesville (constructed 1902, discontinued 1930)
Rockford-Freeport (constructed 1904, discontinued 1930)

Local service: Rockford


STERLING DIXON & EASTERN TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Sterling-Dixon (completed 1904)
Abandoned 1925


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