• Chicago to New York by trolley (and train and boat) 1910

  • General discussion about fallen trolley and interurban lines in North America, past and present.
General discussion about fallen trolley and interurban lines in North America, past and present.

Moderator: Aa3rt

  by Aa3rt
From the March 1939 issue of Railroad Magazine, in a department titled "A Section For Juice Fans" is this report of a trip made in 1910:

"Here is an account of a trip from Chicago to New York by interurban in 1910: City trolley to Pullman (Illinois) station; Chicago, South Shore and South Bend to South Bend (Indiana); Northern Indiana to Goshen, Ind; Winona Interurban to Peru; Western Ohio & TBS to Toledo; Lake Shore Electric to Cleveland; Cleveland, Painesville & Eastern to Ashtabula; Pennsylvania & Ohio to Conneaut; Cleveland & Erie to Erie; Buffalo & Erie Traction Company to Buffalo; Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester to Rochester; Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern to Syracuse; Utica Ry to Utica; Utica & Mohawk Valley to Little Falls; NYC (steam) to Fonda; FJ&G to Schenectady; Schenectady Ry to Albany; Albany Southern to Hudson; Hudson River Day Line (steamboat) to New York.

Fares, 1,163 miles including 114 miles by boat and 30 miles by steam train, $19.64. It could have been done in a week's time, all by daylight. The traveller wasted a lot of time taking short side trips. Very few of the roads mentioned are now operating.

Will someone tell me what has happened to the FJ&G, the LSE, the B&ET and the Indianapolis & Southeastern after abandonment in recent years?-Frank M. Brown, 5308 Killingsworth, Portland, Ore."

Copied verbatim from the article, hope you enjoyed this little excursion from 99 years ago.
  by kinlock
The FJ&G once was steam and electric from Gloversville to Fonda then electric only to Schenectady. The electric was gone in the late thirties, the steam (little diesels) lasted a lot longer.

  by JimBoylan
From New York City, you could ride by trolley to Hoosac Falls, N.Y. via Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, then about a 20 mile Boston & Albany rain ride to Troy, N.Y., and trolley to Albany, N.Y.
In May of 1910, a group of Utica N.Y. businessmen made a trip in a Utica trolley, from Little Falls to Louisville, Detroit, and return in about 2 weeks. It was the 1st trolley to leave Rochester for the West, as the tracks hadn't been completed until the day after the trip started.

Sourece: "The Longest Interurban Charter" by Larry Plachno.