Recent additions and changes to this site.
Zoomable Google Maps now show known lost stations throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana. In the near future, this information will be added for the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. (added July 14, 2018).
More detailed information on the histories of service at discontinued commuter, suburban and neighborhood stations in Chicago and various suburbs. (added March 31, 2018).
Historical information on interlocking towers and interlockings, in the four states surrounding Chicago, is now easier to find through this new links page. More recently, added to some of these tower pages is information on early CTC installations. (added December 1, 2017).
This "railfan timetable" section now covers nearly all of the railroads in the four states surrounding Chicago. (added November 15, 2017).
Track diagrams for most railroads in Chicago and vicinity have been recently verified using Google satellite imagery. (added December 30, 2016)
More detailed histories of commuter railroads in Boston New York and Philadelphia areas since 1930, including years which marginal branch routes were discontinued. Most recently enhanced with information for the New Bedford and Fall River area south of Boston, and for the commuter railroads connecting Philadelphia and Camden with southern New Jersey. Also recently, Google Maps showing present and past commuter routes were enhanced, to more completely show past interlocking towers and locations. (November 3, 2016).
Included is more accurate information, when the most obscure commuter operations in the country were discontinued. (added October 6, 2016).
This section has been expanded from its original focus on streamliner trains, with the addition of brief histories of most of the named passenger trains operating in the United States from the 1940's, up to the 1971 formation of Amtrak. Including trains which generally were not fully equipped as streamliners. Added more recently is information on diesel locomotives in passenger service, most notably the E-units. And added most recently is information on steam locomotives which were streamlined with shrouding. (added September 16, 2016).
Sample departure and arrival times have been added for medium size cities, in addition to larger cities previously included. Section had earlier been enhanced to provide greater emphasis on the larger and grander stations. Including more details on the grandness of those stations, including number of tracks, whether through or stub, and interlocking control. A grandness unfortunately no longer necessary at stations in most US cities. (added July 16, 2016).