WHAT'S NEW

Recent additions and changes to this site.


TRANSIT PRESENT AND PAST (BY STATE)

Brief histories of transit systems in cities throughout the United States, organized by state. The recent discovery of old McGraw Electric Railway Directories, along with the McGraw publication Street Railway Journal, has provided additional information on some the earliest streetcar companies, from the 1880's to the 1920's. Now included is greater detail on years various types of transit vehicles were in operation. (added September 10, 2020)


THE EARLIEST INTERURBAN AND INTERCITY BUS ROUTES

An interesting sampling, of the early evolution of interurban and intercity bus systems in select states. Primarily listings of Certificates of Convenience and Necessity issued by various state regulatory commissions, granting authority to operate the bus services. Consistent information is not available for all states. But nevertheless, this information provides an interesting picture, on how bus networks typically evolved. (added April 6, 2020)


THE GREAT UNION STATIONS AND THEIR TRAINS

Section enhanced with additional information from railroad employee timetables and additional resources. Zoomable Google Maps show additional railroads which did not have passenger service listed, including additional branch lines and freight or belt lines. (added July 28, 2019)


LOST STATIONS IN THE MIDWEST

Zoomable Google Maps completed, showing known lost stations throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana and Michigan and Wisconsin. Most recently enhanced to include links to newly created zoomable Google Maps, covering the larger cities and cities with multiple railroads. (added April 21, 2019)


CONSOLIDATING AMTRAK INTO CHICAGO UNION STATION

Amtrak adopted Chicago as its main hub outside the Northeast Corridor. And because Chicago historically had six separate terminal stations for intercity passenger trains, consolidating all Amtrak trains into Union Station was sometimes a challenge. Described are how this all was accomplished. (added March 31, 2019)


MIDWEST INTERLOCKING TOWERS

Pages include links to zoomable Google Maps covering the larger cities and cities with multiple railroads, making it easier to understand the railroad geography in these areas. (added March 25, 2019)


RAILROAD MAPS (MIDWEST CITIES)

Zoomable Google Maps showing present and past railroads, stations, junctions crossings and towers in the most important cities in Illinois and Indiana and Michigan and Wisconsin. Maps of larger cities originally created for the "Great Union Stations" section of this web site have been enhanced, and new maps for smaller cities have been added. (added March 23, 2019)


RAILROAD MAPS (CHICAGO AREA)

Zoomable Google Maps showing all present and past railroads in the Chicago area. Added to the maps are present and past railroad junctions and towers, along with present and past railroad roundhouses and turntables. Those had previously been included on separate maps. (added February 22, 2019)


EUROPE TRIP/2018

It had been 40 years since I had crossed the Atlantic Ocean. This trip lasted a week and a half. In London, with a quick round trip by train to Scotland. Then the Eurostar train to Brussels, and the Thalys train to the Netherlands for the final few days. (added September 28, 2018)


EUROPE/TRAIN SERVICES AND STATIONS

After a recent trip to Europe, this section is highlighted here, covering the great passenger stations in London and the comprehensive railway system in southeast England. Along with the impressive railway network in the Netherlands. And how these rail systems continue to handle frequent intercity and commuter trains. Includes new photos of the stations. (added September 16, 2018)