30.3.15

PRAY TO THE PATRON SAINT OF TRACTION.

At least one essay in First and Fastest suggested that the North Shore Line was a Catholic railroad, not necessarily because the faith was required for employment, but many train crews observed, and Rockefeller, Illinois became Mundelein, home to several Catholic institutions, and habitted nuns were regular passengers on the trains.

The South Shore Line could also make that claim, terminating in South Bend, maybe Touchdown Jesus interceded with the patron saints of traction to bring back the Evening Hot Shots.


Here's the midday passenger load at South Bend, when the cars still ran on city streets to a downtown station.  August 13, 1966.

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