Back Issues

The following back issues are available from Shore Line. Only a few of the articles in each issue are mentioned in the description of contents. Every issue has additional articles about Chicagoland railroads and a model railroad.

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Spring 2018:
New Fox River Bridge in Elgin, Soo Line 1003 - Trek to Shriners Hospital for Children, The Silverliners, NSL City Car History, Pressed Steel Streetcars of Chicago, and more!


Summer 2018:
CA&E: The Last Streetcar in Chicago, A Tale of Two Streamliners, Creating the Land of the Burlingtons, The South Chicago Branch, CTA Wraps Things Up, and more!


Autumn 2018:
The Architecture and Design of Chicago's First Subway, Dining on the North Shore Line, South Shore Freight - The Earliest Years, The Terre Haute Line's Brazil Division, Canal and Clark Streets Grade Separation, and more!


Winter 2018:
60 Years Ago, the Last Trips on the CA&E, New Depots on the Old Alton, Wilson Lower Yard … A Look Back at a Forgotten "L" Facility, Interurban Through Valparaiso's Lakes, A Caboose for the 21st Century, Insull's Smaller Empire, and more!


Spring 2019:
Metra's Hiawatha Heritage Locomotive, Streetcars return to Milwaukee, Tower B35 Elgin Junction, and more!


Summer 2019:
CA&E during Wendell Dillinger's Tenure, South Shore's Transition, Port Washington Sheboygan Line, and more!


Autumn 2019:
The Milwaukee Electric's Watertown Line, Terre Haute and the Interurban System That Grew From There, and more!


Winter 2019:
BIG BOY Steams Through Illinois, The Rock Island's Track One Restaurant, The Pioneer Zephyr, Illinois Terminal—Danville, Champaign, St. Louis and Peoria, 6000-Series Cars Return to the "L", and more!


Spring 2020:
UP's C&NW Twins, Last Ride on NSL, Chicago Streetcars, Happy 100th Dick George, Illinois Traction in Peoria, and more!


Summer 2020:
Logan Square, Milwaukee Railroader to Metra, First Trip on the South Shore, CA&E Lost Its "C," Pullman, and more!


Autumn 2020:
52 Years with John Appel, Burlington Route Way of the Zephyrs, The Electric, Franklin Street, The 500s in Milwaukee, TM to the Lakes of Muskego, Steam-Powered Passenger Trains, and more!


Winter 2020:
Metra 2020, World's Columbian Exposition, Metropolitan's 2756, Snow and Rain Photo Essay, Views of Evanston, CSL: The Streetcar Company That Owned No Streetcars, West Towns, and more!


Spring 2021:
Metra 2020, World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Illinois Terminal Railroad in Peoria: 1930–1950, Northwestern Elevated 24 Comes Full Circle, RPM Project Meets Challenges and Milestones, and more!


Summer 2021:
On CA&E's Branches: Photography of Stanley T. Bristol, Growing Up Along the North Shore, My Favorite Hometown Railroad, Working on the IC Was a Family Tradition, Last Station Stop in a Street, Branch Line Apprentice, and more!


Autumn 2021:
The End Is Approaching: South Shore Line on the Streets of Michigan City, On CA&E's Mainline: Photography of Stanley T. Bristol, Modernized Cars for Skokie Valley Route Service, Auburn Park, Rochelle, TM's 1100-Series Cars, and more!


Winter 2021:
South Shore Freight Centennial, Towering Adventures-Part 8: ICG's Commuter Services Office, WC's Suburban Service, Winter 2020-21, C&NW in Evanston During the Early 1930s, CA&E's Steel Trailers, 2021 Metra Special Trains, and more!


Ordering Back Issues

Did you see a back issue or two that caught your attention? Then order one for your own collection! Just follow these simple steps!

  1. Print out the back issue brochure located here in PDF format. (Download Acrobat Reader)
  2. Complete the order form on the back page of the brochure.
    Note: If you wish to order an older issue that is shown above but not listed on the order form, please list the issue date on the order form and enclose $3 per issue plus shipping and handling.
  3. Fill in your shipping address. Make your check or money order payable to the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society.
  4. Send your order to:

Shore Line
PO Box 425
Lake Forest IL 60045-0425

Note: Online ordering is not available for back issues of First & Fastest at this time.


  From left: the Spring 2019, Autumn 2020, and Autumn 2021 issues of First & Fastest.




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