Last Sunday, after my call on Big Boy at West Chicago, I decided to look in on the Fox River Trolley Museum, which could still use your help recovering from a shameful act of vandalism last summer.
One of the cars running was Niles interurban 20, built in 1902 for Chicago Aurora and Elgin.
The interurban attempted to effect a modern look on these cars by covering the arched upper sections of the windows and painting over the stained glass in the roof clerestory. The windows still open, which is how we air-conditioned interurbans apart from the Electroliners and a few other cars. The ride is still good, and it's one of the few places where a preservation railway runs on original interurban trackage.