Extra Board

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Passenger Trains of Peoria: Part 2

November 10, 2015

Passenger Trains of Peoria: Part 2

When America entered World War I in 1917, Peorians could ride passenger trains on 14 railroads. But storm clouds had gathered during and after the war’s conclusion. Year by year, the addition of thousands of paved miles enabled private automobiles and bus operators to siphon off passengers from the railroads in ever greater numbers.

Passenger Trains of Peoria: Part 1

November 10, 2015

Passenger Trains of Peoria: Part 1

Much has been written of Peoria’s rail history thanks to the presence of colorful small carriers like the Chicago & Illinois
Midland, Illinois Terminal, Peoria & Pekin Union, and Toledo, Peoria & Western. But with the passage of time, certain aspects
of the city’s early passenger train and station history may have been forgotten.

Chasing Canadians

June 16, 2015

Chasing Canadians

Towards the middle of November 2012, there were rumblings that Amtrak was going to lease some passenger equipment from VIA Rail Canada to help alleviate the shortage of equipment due to the increase in holiday passenger traffic.

Has it Really Been 30 Years?

June 16, 2015

Has it Really Been 30 Years?

Conrail was a reluctant custodian of the commuter trains operating out of Grand Central Terminal and wanted to desperately get out of the passenger business altogether. Though the MTA provided a subsidy for the service, broken trains continued to limp through a decaying infrastructure.

Consider the Commuter

June 14, 2015

Consider the Commuter

Consider the commuter on your next railfan journey. America’s secondary commuter trains are a great alternative to the sameness and uniformity of Amtrak.