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We invite you to join the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society and explore First & Fastest, the premier quarterly publication on urban, suburban, interurban and regional intercity passenger service in what is nows known as the Chicago Hub Network of Amtrak, and our special publications.


Recent Publications

Shore Line Dispatch No. 12Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods III

Dispatch 12 coverShore Line is pleased to present Dispatch No. 12, Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago's Neighborhoods III, edited by Richard F. Begley with George E. Kanary and Walter R. Keevil. Coverage of 20 streetcar lines in multiple neighborhoods in many parts of the city in post-WW II period. 100 pages. 145 photos (25 in color). 3 color maps. Popular Then/Now photos.

Read more about Dispatch No. 12 and order online from our Dispatch Series page.


Shore Line Dispatch No. 11 – From Garfield 'L' to Blue Line Rapid Transit … and a Reprint of Dispatch No. 1, Cooperation Moves the Public

Dispatch 11 and Dispatch 1 coversShore Line presents over 125 years of history and the development of the first multimodal transportation corridor – rail freight, rapid transit and a limited-access highway connecting downtown Chicago with suburbia. Combined, Dispatch No. 1 Cooperation Moves the Public and Dispatch No. 11 From Garfield 'L' to Blue Line Rapid Transit recall the railroads' history and how decades of urban planning resulted in efficient land use.

Special Bundle Offer!
Order a bundle with Dispatch 1 and Dispatch 11 for $50 plus $8 postage. Shore Line members pay only $30 plus $8 postage. Individual copies of Dispatch 1 or 11 are also available.

Read more about Dispatch No. 1 and Dispatch No. 11, and order online from our Dispatch Series page.

 


Shore Line Dispatch No. 10Chicago's Railroads in Transition: The Photography of Lou Gerard

Dispatch 10 coverShore Line is pleased to present Dispatch No. 10, Chicago's Railroads in Transition: The Photography of Lou Gerard. Six decades of Lou Gerard's noted photography documenting the transformation of Metra and its predecessors, South Shore, CTA, Amtrak, Freight Movements, Steam Specials and Great Lakes Boats with over 200 photographs, mostly in vivid color, in 100 pages.

Dispatch No. 10 is available from Shore Line for $25 plus $8 postage. Shore Line members pay $15 plus $8 postage.

Read more about Dispatch No. 10 and order online from our Dispatch Series page.


Download Our First & Fastest Master Index and Our Chicago Streetcar Photos Index

A master index to our First & Fastest quarterly magazine has been updated and is now available for issues from 1984 through 2021. Read more and download the index as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file ...

The complete index to Chicago streetcar photos which have appeared in First & Fastest also is available and includes all photos published from 1984 through Autumn 2021 as well as in Dispatches 6, 8, 9 and 12. Read more and download the index as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF file ...

 

In the News ...

South Shore Line Station Demolished
The iconic South Shore Line station in Michigan City was demolished on January 31, 2022. Read more.

Join Shore Line!
Our 2022 membership application is now available online. Join Shore Line today!

Read Our October 2021 Member Letter
Read our October 2021 letter to members that reviews the past year's activities and looks forward to plans for 2022.

Lake States Railway Historical Association Introduces Online Photo Archive
Lake States Railway Historical Association has unveiled a new online Photo Archive and redesigned website. Read more.

NICTD Releases Performance Report
Read NICTD's 2020 year-end ridership and performance report.

Metra Board Approves Purchase of Up to 500 Modern Railcars
The Metra Board of Directors approved the purchase of up to 500 state-of-the-art railcars from Alstom Transportation Inc., opting for new multilevel cars that will be more comfortable, accessible, reliable and safe than the outdated gallery cars they will replace. Read more.

Share Your Photos on Flickr
Shore Line has created a Flickr account for sharing photos of passenger trains past and present in the Chicago area. Visit the Flickr page to view posted photos, and join the group to share your own images or comments.

Shore Line Offers Online Ordering
You can now pay for memberships and order special publications securely online with a credit card.

 

 
 
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