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Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad (Images of Rail)by Clifford J. Downey
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Headquartered in Chicago, the Illinois Central Railroad was known as the "Main Line of Mid-America," as it was a major railroad cutting through the middle section of the United States with two major routes: the Main Line, which ran south out of Chicago toward New Orleans, and the Western Lines, which ran west toward Iowa. The Illinois Central Railroad had eight major freight yards in Chicago, which in 1937 handled nearly two million freight cars. It was also well known for its passenger service and operated some of the finest passenger
trains: the Green Diamond, the all-Pullman Panama Limited, and the City of New Orleans. Chicago and the Illinois Central Railroad covers the railroad's operations within the city of Chicago, plus the outlying suburbs, from the late 1800s to 1960. It explores, through vintage photographs, the passenger and freight trains, suburban trains, locomotives, shops and repair facilities, and people that made the railroad function.
Book News Annotation:
The history of the Illinois Central Railroad is told in b&w photographs and illustrations in this volume, which chronicles its operations within the city of Chicago and outlying suburbs from the late 1850s to 1960, including its construction, suburban trains, freight and passenger services, Western Lines, shops and repair facilities, people that made the railroad function, and decline. Most of the photos were taken by the Illinois Central Railroad and collected by Downey, who has written four books and many articles, mostly on the railroad. There is no index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Clifford J. Downey's interest in trains dates back to his childhood Lionel train. At age 16, he had his first railroad photograph published and since has published four books and over a dozen articles, mostly on the Illinois Central Railroad. Downey is a member and past director of the Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society. In addition, he authored Western Kentucky in Vintage Postcards.
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