LOST COMMUTER TRAINS

Chicago eventually became the only city in the Midwest where commuter trains would continue to operate. Although in 2009, a new commuter line opened in the Minneapolis area.

But close inspection of old issues of the "Official Guide Of The Railways" will reveal a number of old obscure commuter trains in cities outside of Chicago, all of which were eventually discontinued. Most commuter trains operated during rush hours only.

In Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Railroad had perhaps the largest commuter railroad operation in the country to be completely abandoned.

Included is schedule information from the January 1930 and June 1942 Official Guide. Generally, only trains dedicated for commuter service are listed. Although many lines had various other trains operating over longer distances, which could have been used as commuter trains.

ALBANY

ATLANTA

BUFFALO

CINCINNATI

CLEVELAND

DETROIT

HOUSTON

JACKSONVILLE

MEMPHIS

MILWAUKEE

MINNEAPOLIS

NASHVILLE

NEW ORLEANS

PITTSBURGH

ROCHESTER

ST. LOUIS

SAN FRANCISCO

SCRANTON


ADDITIONAL EARLIER COMMUTER TRAINS

The February 1901 "Official Guide Of The Railways" includes additional commuter operations in several of the above cities, click on the above links.

Additional Cities With Commuter Trains
In 1901, these additional cities had commuter operations.


Nearly all of these commuter services were in operation by the beginning of the 1900's. Services are considered as "commuter", if at least some trains were scheduled to enable people to work a normal 8 hour day in the downtown city. Although some services briefly were not scheduled to enable an 8 hour work day. Some services at various times were actually handled by longer distance trains, scheduled to serve the commuter markets during the rush hours. This fact is not always mentioned. Also not always mentioned, are certain temporary changes in the outlying suburban terminals. Generally, intermediate stations listed were at one time outlying terminals.

The Official Guide Of The Railways over the years, normally listed commuter trains as well as intercity passenger trains. Notable exceptions were in the Chicago area, which were Burlington, Chicago & North Western, Illinois Central, and Chicago & Western Indiana. Around the 1960's, most other railroads with major commuter operations stopped including those schedules. It is possible that some of these obscure commuter operations continued longer than noted, while no longer being listed in the Official Guide.