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Aurora Elgin & Fox River Electric Co.
300 was built by St Louis Car in 1924. #1308. In 1936 it was sold to Cleveland Interurban RR as 300. CI became Shaker Heights Rapid Transit in 1944. It was sold to Milwaukee Rapid Transit & Speedrail in May 1950 as 300. It was scrapped in 1952.
301 was built by St Louis Car in 1924, #1308. In 1936 it was sold to CI/SHRT as 301 and to Speedrail in May 1950. It was scrapped in 1952.
302 was built by St Louis Car in 1924, #1308. In 1936 it was sold to CI/SHRT as 302 and in 1954 it was sold to Gerald Brookins for the Columbia Park & Southwestern aka Trolleyville.
303 was built by St Louis Car in 1924, #1306. In 1936 it was sold to CI/SHRT as 303 and in 1954 it was sold to CP&SW as 303. It was sold to Northern Ohio Railway Museum in 2009.
304 was built by St Louis Car in 1924. #1306. In 1936 it was sold CI/SHRT as 304 and in 1954 it was sold to CP&SW as 304. It was sold to Fox River Trolley Museum in 2009.
306 was built by St Louis Car in 1924, #1306. In 1936 it was sold to CI/SHRT as 306 and in 1954 it was sold to CP&SW as 306. It was transferred to the Illinois Railway Museum in 1984 where it is being restored as AE&FRECo 306.
5, 45 Ton, was built by General Electric in June 1946, #28467. After the line was closed in 1973, 5 was sold as Chicago Gravel Co 511. When that ended it was given to the Fox River Trolley Museum in 2001.
In 1955, several of us, Illinois Electric Railway Museum members, were looking for a permanent site. We thought that the South Elgin line would be a possibility and we got a chance to ride on the diesel to look it over.
The line came under the Illinois Central mainline and a track came back up the hill to make the interchange. There was a special train on the IC but it was not for us. The interchange can be seen in the view.
The interchange track came down the hill to the old main line. A refrigerator car was on the end of the track.
The main line looked nice even though the wires were gone.
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