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The Engelwood & Chicago Street Railway was incorporated in February 1893 and built several small south and southwest side lines in Chicago (from the Engelwood Elevated at 63rd Street) (and leased them initially to the Calumet Electric Street Railway to operate). The system was extended south to Blue Island using battery streetcars, but because of financial problems, the company was in receivership in 1896. The Chicago Electric Traction Company (CET) took over in October 1897. The battery cars were extended to Harvey in July 1899, but battery cars beame too undependable and overhead was installed, leading to financial problems and receivership in July 1901. The Chicago & Southern Traction Company (C&ST) was incorporated in November 1904 with plans to build an interurban line from Chicago south to Kankakee, Illinois, and further southeast to Lafayette, Indiana. In 1905, the C&ST purchased the C&ET. Service was gradually extended to Kankakee by November 1907. However the C&ST was greatly overextended and receivership came in October 1910. The Chicago & Interurban Traction Company was incorporated in February 1912, taking over all trackage outside Chicago in March 1912 (all trackage in the City of Chicago went to the Chicago City Railway Company). C&IT interurban service continued from the south side Engelwood Elevated Station at 63rd and Halsted (trackage in Chicago was leased along with the shops at 88th and Vincennes) to Kankakee. Receivership came in October 1922 (the fourth since 1893) because of automobiles/concrete highways and the sparse population served between Crete and Kankakee. In order to bail out the line and recoup an unpaid utility bill, Samuel Insull took over and an attempt was made to generate additional freight revenue, which was successful for 1-2 years (even several sections of track were rebuilt) before truck competition and more concrete highways took over. However, with the Illinois Central Railroad announcing in the mid 1920s that it was elevating its parallel main line trackage (eliminating all street grade crossing) under the terms of the Chicago "Lake Front" Ordinance and electrifying its "high speed" suburban service that operated almost at a straight line into downtown Chicago, the C&IT determined its system was doomed (its passenger service would not be able to compete) and raising money for further improvements would be impossible. Thus, all service was abandoned on April 23, 1927.

126 was built by Kuhlman Car Co in June 1907 #350.  It was purchased and rebuilt as Chicago City Ry 5651 in 1912 and became Chicago Surface Lines 5651 in 1914.  It was scrapped by 1946.

127 was built by Kuhlman Car Co in June 1907, #350.  It was purchased and rebuilt as CCRy 5652 in 1912 and became CSL 5652 in 1914.  It was scrapped in 1946.

128 was built by Kuhlman Car Co in June 1907, #350.  It was purchased and rebuilt as CCRy 5653 in 1912 and became CSL 5653 in 1914.  It was scrapped by 1946.

136 was built by Kuhlman Car Co in June 1907, #350.  It was purchased and rebuilt as CCRy 5661 in 1912 and became CSL 5661 in 1914.

138 was built by Kuhlman Car Co in June 1907, #350.  It was purchased and rebuilt as CCRy 5663 in 1912 and became CSL 5663 in 1914.

201 was built by St Louis Car Co in 1907.  It became C&IT 21 in 1912 and was scrapped in 1927.

204 was built by St Louis Car Co in 1907.  It became C&IT 24 in 1912 and was scrapped in 1927.

206 was built by St Louis Car Co in 1907.  It became C&IT 26 in 1912 and was scrapped in 1927.

208 was built by St Louis Car Co in 1907.  It became C&IT 28 in 1912 and was scrapped in 1927.

210 was built by St Louis Car Co in 1907.  It became C&IT 30 in 1912 and was scrapped in 1927.

301 was built by Niles in 1909 as a trailer.  It was motorized as 211 in 1910 and became C&IT 31 in 1912.  It was scrapped in 1927.

304 was built by Niles in 1909 as a trailer.  It was motorized as 214 in 1910 and became C&IT 34 in 1912.  It was scrapped in 1927.

35 was built by Kuhlman in 1915.  It was scrapped in 1927.

500 was built by C&ST in 1911.  It became C&IT 50 in 1912 and destroyed by fire in 1924.

 

 

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