5.8.07

ONCE POSSIBLE, WITH FOUR CHANGES OF CARS. The Illinois Railway Museum rolled out Illinois Terminal car 415, a lightweight interurban car once used by the Chicago, Ottawa & Peoria Railway, to run on the streetcar loop Saturday.


The car is signed PRINCETON, referring to the Illinois Valley town, and for a few years in the early 1920s a rider would have been able to ride from Union, Illinois (or from DeKalb) to Princeton, provided one was willing to change cars in the Fox Valley, again at Yorkville, and again at Morris. (I do not have enough timetables from these services to be able to describe the quickest possible trip. The public roads of those days might have provided a more direct route if not necessarily faster or safer.)

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