Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket
Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128  w/Dust Jacket

Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128 w/Dust Jacket

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Indiana Railroad The Magic Interurban by George Bradley CERA #128 w/Dust Jacket
 
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Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Copyright 1991  
224 pages

Contents
Maps
Ownership and abandonment dates 4
Track-circuit block signals 61
Principal towns served 201
Index to places reached
Cities, towns and other passenger traffic generators 203
Siding locations (in employee timetables):
Muncie-Anderson-Indianapolis Division 60
Northern Division 116
Other rail routes 209
Acknowledgments 7
Prelude: An Eventful Trip 11
The situation of central Indiana utilities in 1929
Chapter
1 A Solid Foundation 19
Companies comprising Indiana Railroad System:
Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Company 19
Union Traction Company of Indiana 19
Northern Indiana Power Company 20
Indiana Service Corporation 20
Indianapolis, Columbus & Southern Traction Company 21
Indianapolis as an interurban center 21
The Schoepf-McGowan syndicate 22
Samuel Insull 24
Middle West Utilities Company 26
Competition by automobiles and motor buses 27
2 Consolidating Indiana 29
Insull-Morgan plan: Indiana Electric Corporation 29
Midland United Company 31
Receivership of Union Traction 31
A different plan: a consolidated organization 32
Purchase of Union Traction by Midland United 34
Receivership of THI&E 34
Abandonment of portions of THI&E  35
3 Out of Nowhere-Indiana Railroad 37
Creation of Indiana Railroad 37
Purchase of THI&E by Midland United 39
Indianapolis Street Railway 40
Track and roadway 41
Electric power 42
Passenger and freight terminals 45
Freight car interchange with steam railroads 47
Operation of freight trains 48
Freight car interchange with other interurbans 49
Freight train schedules 50
Kentucky Avenue freight terminal, Indianapolis 53
Potential for coal movements across the System  54i
Signal systems 56
4 The Highspeeds 67
Rolling stock on the System in 1930 67
Design of the new "highspeed" cars 68
Highspeeds' delivery 70
Highspeeds in operation 72
Safety of train operation 76
Peak route mileage  77
5 The Roller Coaster 79
Rolling stock on the System in 1931 79
Abandonments in 1931-1932 79
Reduction in frequency of passenger service 83
Feustel's death 83
Fall of Insull empire 86
6 Politics and Bowman Elder 89
Indianapolis Railways 91
Reduced bus operations 91
Lower fares  92
Bowman Elder, receiver of Indiana Railroad 93
Indiana Railroad System in 1933-1934  95
Formal leases for the Indiana Railroad System 97
Coal train operations 99
Change of Louisville terminal 101
7 1935-1936-The Good Years103
Purchase of ten Northern Indiana Railway cars  104
Railway Post Office cars 105
Car fires  107
Conversion of older cars for one-man operation 108
Pick-up and delivery of freight 112
Expansion: Richmond-Dayton line 113
Was it the Inflexible Flyer?115
A difficult day on the Northern Division
8 1937-Strike! 119
Terre Haute streetcar strike 120
Ohio River flood 120
End of Northern Division passenger service 120
Anderson strike 122
Abandonment of Dayton line 124
Settlement of strike 125
Winter's Punch127
Fighting the cold and snow of winter
9 Rolling Downhill (1938-1940)131
Railfan trips  131
Conversion of Peru rail line to buses 133
Charter passenger services 139
Abandonment of Louisville line  141
Conversion of Terre Haute rail line to buses 143
Expansion of intercity motor truck service 143
10 Death Comes for the Railroad147
Approval of conversion of remaining lines  147
Attempts to sell the highspeeds 147
Arrangements for rail service abandonment .  149
Arrival of replacement buses 151
The last day of rail passenger service 151
Closing down the rail line 153
The remaining trains of Public Service Company154
11 Aftermath157
Emergence of Indiana Railroad from receivership 157
Sale of Indiana Railroad by Midland United 158
Public Service Company's lease problem 159
Columbus collision  160
End of rail passenger service 160
12 The Motor Bus Era163
Indiana Railroad bus operations 163
Expand or sell: the only options 165
Indianapolis & Southeastern Trailways 168
Southeastern Trailways, Inc.  168
13 City Service171
Kokomo171
Logansport, Wabash and Peru 172
Jeffersonville and Columbus 173
New Albany174
Muncie 177
Anderson 179
Marion182
Richmond188
Terre Haute 190
14 Isolated Freight Operations195
The Binkley Mine195
Southern Indiana Railway, Inc.  197
Western Indiana Gravel Company199
An abbreviated equipment roster 200
Appendix
A Public Timetables201
System timetable of September 27, 1931  201
List of public timetables (rail operations)  202
B Employee Timetables208
Bibliography223

Central Indiana enjoyed an extensive network of electric railways. In 1930 they were brought under a single management. Indiana Railroad was born! That euphonious-almost perfect-title named the nation's longest interurban electric railway. Its new cars soon earned the name "highspeeds," thereby placing a new word in the railway lexicon. They were the last hurrah for the country interurban in America!
For economics were changing much faster than anyone had expected. By 1943 Indiana Railroad was no longer a railroad. But it successfully made the transition to buses and trucks. Its direct corporate successor in the passenger transportation business survives even today (1991).

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