Obscure: Erie commuter service to Rochester, Indiana

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Re: Obscure: Erie commuter service to Rochester, Indiana

Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:29 am

Ted, thanks so much for digging this up... I'm fascinated by the eastern roads that maintained suburban services in Chicago area. Now to track down and see if the Erie issued any separate timetable folders for this operation after World War I...

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Re: Obscure: Erie commuter service to Rochester, Indiana

Postby JimBoylan » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:07 am

Otto Vondrak wrote:Can anybody tell me anything about the Erie Railroad's commuter service to Rochester, Indiana?
Part of the confusion is that the timetable is for the CHICAGO & Erie RR, not the NEW YORK & Erie RR that we are familiar with under the Bergen, N.J. Archways. Now, what were the names of the Erie RRs that ran commuter services from Rochester, N.Y. and Cleveland, O.? What about from Scranton, Pa. (The Delaware & Hudson RR did have Scranton, Pa. commuter trains in 1950!)
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Re: Obscure: Erie commuter service to Rochester, Indiana

Postby CarterB » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:46 am

Looks like in the early 1900's trains # 9 and 10 (from/to Rochester) backed onto the spur to the resort at Bass Lake. The Erie had only one branch line in Indiana, a two-mile line built in 1898 to serve a Bass Lake (Starke County) resort. Lake ice was carried during the winter. The branch was abandoned in 1928. Seems the Erie had a large ice business from Knickerbocker Ice Company on Bass Lake also.
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Re: Obscure: Erie commuter service to Rochester, Indiana

Postby Tadman » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:24 pm

Otto, if you're a fan of the eastern roads' Chicago services, here's a great page I just found.

http://www.flickriver.com/groups/932473 ... teresting/

it's for the PRR dummy to Valpo, not EL, but it's good reading. I still can't believe we declined the $1.5m/year to keep this train running, that's peanuts. It looks like a 4-5 car train in most pics, and given the way the South Shore is crowded these days, I wouldn't doubt they'd have enough traffic to support a 8-car train now.
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