Service ended almost 50 years earlier, in January 1963, on the electric interurban railroad. The North Shore Line was known for its fast Electroliners and every hour, on the hour service between Chicago and Milwaukee.The people with a living memory of The North Shore Line are getting older, and fewer.
John Horachek, Arcadia, Ind., said it was time to retire the event. Horachek, along with the reunion committee consisting of David and Julie Myers, Don and Maxine Kennedy, Betty Oleson, Tom Jervan, and John Horachek planned the reunions. Horachek worked for the North Shore for about two years and was collector on the last train out of Milwaukee. The long-running gathering is a tribute to the enduring family spirit among employees.
John Giove, CEO of the Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum bestowed an award on Horachek for his service in organizing the reunion. In acknowledging the plaque, Horachek told the audience he was glad to help get everyone together.
Enough of the rolling stock remains to provide a believable impression of what the interurban era was all about.
Illinois Railway Museum photograph.
I think, though, that the cause of railway preservation will be strengthened by the inclusion of the contemporary light rail and streetcar operations, particularly in the Intermountain West where interurbans were relatively rare, in the programs of historical societies and the preservation efforts of museums.