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Illinois Central RR

Chicago Commuter Service

 

One of the major commuter operations in the Chicago area was the IC commuter lines from the edge of the Loop at the IC station down to the southern suburbs. It was begun with steam locomotives which were double ended 2-4-4T engines. The 1400s were photographed at the end of steam service. 1401 was preserved for the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and was later renumbered 201. The 201 is shown at the Railroad Fair. Does anyone know what happened to this locomotive. There was a report that it was to be or was sold to Pete Vonachen in Peoria, Ill. Pete runs the rail motif restaurant known as Vonachens Junction. My first wife and I had our wedding reception there in 1961, but the locomotive had not been put there before late 1965 when I moved to Dallas.

1401 was built by Rogers in May 1880, #2588, as 213.  It was renumbered 221 in 1884 and renumbered 201 in July 1890.  It was renumbered 1401 in July 1900.  It was retired in November 1928 and renumbered 201 in 1934.  It was sold to Vonachen in 1965 and sold to Ruben Kaplan in July 1975.  It was donated to Illinois Railway Museum in December 2002.

1402 was built by Rogers in February 1881, #2691, as 214.  It was renumbered 222 in 1884 and renumbered 202 in July 1890.  it was renumbered 1402 in July 1900 and sold to Briggs & Turivas in March 1928.

1427 was built by Rogers in April 1893, #4854, as 244.  It was renumbered 1427 in July 1890 and retired in March 1935.

1428 was built by Rogers in April 1893, #4855, as 245.  It was renumbered 1428 in July 1890 and retired in March 1935.

1431 was built by Rogers in April 1893, #4858, as 248.  It was renumbered 1431 in July 1890 and scrapped in June 1935.

1450 was built by Rogers in August 1893, #4908, as 438, a 2-6-0.  It was rebuilt in 1920 as 1450, 2-6-4T, and sold as Central of Georgia 300 in November 1926.

In the middle 1920s, the IC electrified its lines into downtown Chicago. New equipment was ordered from Pullman-Standard. Four electric locomotives were purchased for freight switching, but were replaced a few years later by some of the early day diesel. They were sold to the Chicago South Shore & South Bend, who also changed their line to 1500v DC to match the IC. This allowed the IC trains to operated into downtown Chicago without change. It also allowed the South Shore to occasionally borrow cars from the IC.

1100 thru 1239 were built by Pullman in 1929.  1198 went to Illinois Railway Museum in 1972.

1302 thru 1320 were built by Pullman in 1921 and rebuilt in 1926.

1321 thru 1345 were built by Pullman in 1924 and rebuilt in 1926.

1346 thru 1430 were built by Pullman in 1926.

1431 thru 1440 were built by Pullman in 1929.

These cars labored on until the 1970's when they were replaced by new double deck cars

1501 thru 1630 were built by St Louis Car in 1971 and 1972.   These cars have now been retired.

10000 was built by Baldwin-in Westinghouse September, 1929, #60146 . It was sold as Chicago South Shore & South Bend 900 in March 1941.

10001 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse September, 1929, #60147. It was sold as CSS&SB 903 in March 1941.

10002 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse September, 1929, #60148. It was sold as CSS&SB 902 in March 1941.

10003 was built by Baldwin-Westinghouse September, 1929, #60149. It was sold as CSS&SB 901 in March 1941.

11000 was a dual power locomotive built by St. Louis Car--General Electric in June 1929, #1493. It was returned to St. Louis Car in October 1929. It was rebuilt by St. Louis Car in August 1938, #1597, and became St. Louis & Belleville Electric Ry 600. In August 1953, it was sold to Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Co. as 100.

Here is one of the 1926 cars in work train service on Metra.

 

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