edbear wrote:I found a 9/26/1954 NYC Chicago Suburban and I copied it and attached it. <snip>
Based on some research I did, in Central timetables (both public and employee) and in the Chicago Tribune
news archive, that schedule is apparently a historic one. In the weeks after it was issued New York Central finally succeeded in discontinuing all of the trains that originated or terminated at Chesterton Ind. According to the Chicago Tribune
(and Central timetables bear this out), effective November 15, 1954 the Chicago suburban service was reduced to just four trains and Chesterton was eliminated as a terminal. Westbound, the combined Nos. 5/89 (Five was a nameless Buffalo-Cleveland train that was combined with Eighty-nine The Forest City
west of Cleveland), made stops in the commuter zone and arrived at La Salle Street at 7:15 AM. No. 741, a nameless coach-only local from Elkhart, arrived at 8:05 AM. The eastbound returns were on No. 232 to Toledo at 4:40 PM and No. 10, a nameless Elkhart local, at 5:30 PM. Riders traveling to steel plants between South Chicago and Gary protested but they were out of luck. Most of their service was gone.
This pattern was to continue through the years with minor changes. Eventually, 232 was cut back to Elkhart, 5/89 was replaced by 289 a Toledo-Chicago local, No. 741 became 241 and No. 10 became 210. Ridership fell from around 1,200 riders per day in 1954 to about 500 in the early 1960s. Central asked to drop Nos. 232 and 289 in 1961. No. 289 was discontinued in October 1962 but 232 was ordered to be kept on. The end came on March 31, 1964 when the last three trains, Nos. 241 (in the morning) and 210 and 232 (in the evening) made their last runs.
Btw I mentioned seeing a photo of a J-1 Hudson in Chesterton commuter service, here's a link
to a photo taken there in 1954. It shows J-1d class Hudson 5296 laying up on a siding at Chesterton prior to heading back to Chicago.
This wasn't the photo I referenced however. The photo I saw -- also of a Hudson turning at Chesterton -- was in the Morning Sun book Trackside on New York Central's Western Division 1949-1955