Headquartered in Chicago, the Illinois Central Railroad was known as the “Main Line of Mid-America.” It was a major railroad cutting through the middle section of the United States, with two major routes: the Main Line, running south out of Chicago toward New Orleans, and the Western Lines, which ran west toward Iowa. The Illinois Central Railroad had eight major freight yards in Chicago, which in 1937 handled nearly two million freight cars. Also well known for its passenger service, it operated some of the finest passenger trains: the Green Diamond, the all-Pullman Panama Limited, and the City of New Orleans. With vintage photographs from the late 1880s to 1960, this book explores the passenger and freight trains, suburban trains, locomotives, shops and repair facilities, and the people who made the railroad function.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.