Longest interurban survivors?

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Longest interurban survivors?

Postby DT662000 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:36 am

Were any lines abandoned after the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee in 1963?
I can't think of any others that outlived the "North Shore Line" and aren't still around in some form today (e.g. the "South Shore", the P&W, etc.)
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Re: Longest interurban survivors?

Postby walt » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:39 pm

The South Shore Line and the P&W have long been considered the last two remaining interurbans, however each has some characteristics of other types of rail lines. The South Shore, especially with its current passenger equipment is very much like a commuter railroad, while the P&W ( as the Norristown High Speed Line) has elements similar to rapid transit lines. Note that between the somewhat forced retirement of the Bullet Cars and the acquisition of the present Adtranz N-5 cars, SEPTA ran two types of actual rapit transit equipment on that lhe--- ex Chicago Transit Authority PCC rapid transit cars and ex Market-Frankford M-3 ( Almond Joy) cars further emphasising the rapid transit connection. Both lines, though have definate interurban roots.
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Re: Longest interurban survivors?

Postby FLRailFan1 » Sat May 17, 2014 10:33 am

How about Cedar River and Iowa City?
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Re: Longest interurban survivors?

Postby ebtmikado » Sat May 17, 2014 2:02 pm

In addition to the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City,
the Mason City & Clear Lake (now Iowa Traction) still operates electric freight,
using steeplecab electric locomotives. There is also an ex-North Shore line car,
and a North Shore steel passenger car.

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Re: Longest interurban survivors?

Postby JimBoylan » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:15 pm

If you mean both operated by electricity and abandoned after Jan. 21, 1963, add Texas Transportation Co. in San Antonio, which served the Pearl Brewery.
Yakima (Wash.) Valley Transportation's status is ambiguous, since it is still sometimes running as a tourist line.
Some lines that lost electricity before then were abandoned later, or are still running today.
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Re: Longest interurban survivors?

Postby dinwitty » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:13 am

I think there are some elements of the South Shore that are lost, like the Downtown South Bend street running and the East Chicago street running, and some smaller freight services. In contrast, we're seeing some resurgence, like Norfolk Virginia reviving the former Norfolk Southern electric line around the coast, they were surprised at the ridership, Portland Oregon keeps putting in new service, we have the Kenosha line and now Milwaukee with a short line. Who knows whaty may happen if we get more crowded with cars.
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