South Shore the Last Interurban By William Middleton 250 illustrations, maps, ti

South Shore the Last Interurban By William Middleton 250 illustrations, maps, ti

Regular price $18.00 Sale


RailroadTreasures offers the following item:
 
South Shore the Last Interurban By William Middleton 250 illustrations, maps, ti
 
South Shore the Last Interurban By William Middleton 250 illustrations, maps, timetables, scale interurban and locomotive drawings.  DUST JACKET 1970 FIRST Printing 176 Pages
Unique among interurbans was the South Shore Line. Hailed as a technological triumph at the time it was laid down early in the century, the South Shore confounded its promoters with the most disappointing sort of financial performance during the very years when the industry in general was enjoying its greatest prosperity. Perilously close to abandonment by the mid-1920's, the South Shore returned to the forefront of the industry after a dramatic reconstruction program at the hand of utilities tycoon Samuel Insull that by the end of the 1920's had remade it into both one of the most technically advanced and financially successful of all interurbans. In 1929 the South Shore won the prestigious Charles A. Coffin gold medal, awarded annually to that electric railway company in the United States that had "made the greatest contribution toward increasing the advantage of electric transportation for the convenience and well-being of the public and for the benefit of the industry." In 1929 and 1930 the line won the Electric Traction interurban speed trophy with the fastest interurban schedules in North America. The South Shore's roller coaster fortunes hit bottom again with a Depression bankruptcy, but the railway recovered to haul a World War II traffic of unprecedented volume, and then went on with a continuing improvement program that won it a strong and permanent place in the fabric of the North American railroad network. For more than six decades now the South Shore's swift electric trains have faithfully served the communities of northwestern Indiana. Today, long after all of its once-numerous contemporaries have vanished, the South Shore - the last interurban - rolls on.
From the days of the "Great A.C. Line" to the "Little Joe's" and the big orange interurbans of the modern South Shore, William D. Middleton tells the rich and colorful story of the South Shore Line in an absorbing volume of over 40,000 words and more than 250 illustrations.


All pictures are of the actual item.  If this is a railroad item, this material is obsolete and no longer in use by the railroad.  Please email with questions. Publishers of Train Shed Cyclopedias and Stephans Railroad Directories. Large inventory of railroad books and magazines. Thank you for buying from us.

Shipping charges
Postage rates quoted are for shipments to the US only.    Ebay Global shipping charges are shown. These items are shipped to Kentucky and then ebay ships them on to you. Ebay collects the shipping and customs / import fees.   For direct postage rates to these countries, send me an email.   Shipping to Canada and other countries varies by weight.

Payment options
Payment must be received within 10 days. Paypal is accepted.

Terms and conditions
All sales are final. Returns accepted if item is not as described.  Contact us first.  No warranty is stated or implied. Please e-mail us with any questions before bidding.   

Thanks for looking at our items.   


Auction Wizard 2000 - The Complete Auction Management Software Solution