Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn

Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn

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Indiana Railroad System CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfan Assn
 
Indiana Railroad System  CERA Bulletin #91 Central Electric Railfans Association
Copyright 1950, 1975.   Revised third printing
70 pages.

Table of Contents:  Chronological map history, background, road and structures, power and line, rolling stock, freight motive power, train operation, passenger service, passenger fares, freight service, Fort Wayne-Lima Railroad, summary, more.   

CONTENTS:Begins on page
Graphical History 4
Background 5
Road and Structures 11
Power and Line 13
Rolling Stock 13
Freight Motive Power 15
Train Operation 17
Passenger Service17
Passenger Fares 19
Freight Service 19
Fort Wayne-Lima Railroad 20
Summary....20
City Equipment Photos 21
Roster of Equipment 22
Interurban Passenger Car Photos ... 24
Freight Equipment Register40
Freight and Service Car Photos 41
Surviving Cars 44B
Public Timetable of September 28, 1930. 45
System Map56
Operating Timetables 57
Part of 1931 Shipper's Guide 62
Map of Freight Connections68
Specimen Train Orders70
COVER PHOTO: High-speed cars make a rare appearance at Rock Cut west of Greencastle on the Terre Haute line. (George Krambles photo) THIS PAGE: 427-type shows her heels at a block signal on the Peru run a short distance out of Indianapolis. (E. Y. Pattison)

"The story of the Indiana Railroad System is a tale of one of the most interesting and diversified interurban railroads ever operated, the story of a struggle under difficult and unfavorable conditions to keep in service a network of inter-city electric railways gridding central Indiana."
These words were in the opening paragraph of CERABulletin 17 issued in September, 1940. Insofar as the reference to an interesting line is concerned, the claim seems justified by the demand for that publication, which caused all copies tobe disposed of within a few weeks of the issue date and the demand for a reprinting has dogged CERA publication officers ever since. Rather than simply reissue Bulletin 17, the content of this earlier work has been completely re-edited and much additional material included. However, all information contained in the 1940 publication is presented again here so that this issue completely replaces and supersedes the old one.
Indiana Railroad began as a consolidation of a number of electric railway companies, each with a history of twenty or more years of operation, starting with the original line of the Union Traction Company, in service between Alexandria and Anderson in 1897. Each of these companies had built its own power plant and, as a side line, branched into the sale of electric energy for general commercial and residential usage. Gradually the utilities expanded until they over shadowed the railways which had developed the communities that made the power companies great. With the advent of the automobile and paved roads, the individual need for interurban service diminished rapidly and the advantages of consolidated operation in economy and efficiency of service and management became apparent. Attempts were made from 1925 on to merge the railways, but the objections of security holders, fearing the relative value of their holdings would not be protected, deadlocked proceedings until eventual receivership and bankruptcy of the principal companies enabled these claims to be liquidated. Finally,-

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